Vikas Shah MBE Interviews the world's leading thinkers, and the people shaping the century.

The Mobile Payments Opportunity

Guest article written for AllAboutAlpha.com – the official publication of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Originally posted at: http://allaboutalpha.com/blog/2012/06/13/alpha-hunters-the-mobile-payments-opportunity/ The mobile payments market is one of the fastest growing segments of the digital economy. Research by Gartner shows that the total value of global mobile payments will surpass US$171.5 billion in 2012, a 61.9 percent increase from 2011 values of US$105.9 billion. The research firm Yankee Group develops on this by predicting the…

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Alternative Investments From the Inside Out

Guest article written for AllAboutAlpha.com – the official publication of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Originally posted at: http://allaboutalpha.com/blog/2012/06/07/alpha-hunters-looking-at-alternative-investments-from-the-inside-out/ While referred to as “alternative investments“, hedge funds, private equity, commodities, structured products and other real assets account for a significant proportion of global investment and trade activity. One growing area of investment is also the increase in citizenship by investment programs in countries such as Dominica. If you would like to find answers…

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The Failures of Our Economic System

In this exclusive interview, we speak to Raymond Baker (Director of the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development). We discuss the true scale of the global illicit economy and understand how issues such as government theft, drug trafficking, global wealth, money laundering and the shadow financial system contribute to some of our most intractable issues ranging from poverty to hunger, terrorism and even economic crises.

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The Secrets of The World’s Greatest Traders

Guest article written for AllAboutAlpha.com – the official publication of the  Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Originally posted at: http://allaboutalpha.com/blog/2012/05/31/the-secrets-of-the-worlds-greatest-traders/   Traders and investors have made (and lost) some of the world’s most significant pools of wealth.  It’s no coincidence that many of the wealthiest individuals in the world today (and through history) have been successful investors.  Names like Warren Buffet, George Soros, John Paulson, David Einhorn, Bill Gross and John Templeton have become synonymous…

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The $100 Entrepreneur Phenomenon

An Interview with Chris Guillebeau, author of the $100 Entrepreneur As the FT reported in January 2012, “…in the United States and other developed markets, SMEs commonly account for half or more of gross domestic product…. A recent study from the European Commission indicates that SMEs generated 85 per cent of all new jobs in the European Union from 2002 to 2010…”  In an April 2012 interview with this site, Prof. Mark Hart (who heads…

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The Economics of Branding

An Interview with Interbrand Chairman, Rita Clifton In February 2012 in a paper titled, “The Role of Brands in Human Culture” I noted the significance of branding in our world.  To illustrate this, we should note that the top 10 global brands (as measured by the Interbrand index) have a combined value of over $432 billion (against their total market capitalisation of $1.7 trillion).  That means that 24% of the real economic value of these…

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A Life Changing £600 Million

Guest article written for AllAboutAlpha.com – the official publication of the  Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Originally posted at: http://allaboutalpha.com/blog/2012/04/30/a-life-changing-600-million/ Impact Investments are a maturing asset class.  These are investments that go beyond financial return to deliver a measurable positive social or environmental impacts for the beneficiaries they affect.  JP Morgan estimate that over the next decade, this asset class will constitute an investment opportunity of between US$400 billion and US$1 trillion, generating profits of…

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Humanity’s Relationship with Animals

In this exclusive interview, we speak to Ingrid Newkirk (Co-Founder and President of PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). We discuss the relationship of our species with the animal kingdom. We look at issues ranging from animal rights, to the use of animals for food, clothing, entertainment experimentation and more.

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The Brand of Hedge Funds

Guest article written for AllAboutAlpha.com – the official publication of the  Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Originally posted at: http://allaboutalpha.com/blog/2012/04/26/the-brand-of-hedge-funds/ With almost US$2 Trillion under management, the hedge fund industry is a significant component of the global financial market.  To put their size in context however, it is important to realise that the size of the world equity markets are around US$30 trillion, a factor of more than 10 times larger. During and immediately after…

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Investing in Israel

Guest article written for AllAboutAlpha.com – the official publication of the  Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Originally posted at: http://allaboutalpha.com/blog/2012/04/19/finding-alpha-in-israels-emerging-market/ Since the nation’s establishment in 1948, Israel has existed in a perpetual state of conflict.  There is little doubt that these conflicts have had a negative impact on the country’s stability and relations.  The BBC World Service Country Poll states that 49% of the more than 28,000 interviewed held a negative view on Israel’s influence…

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