The Wild East: Negotiating the Russian Financial Frontier

The Wild East: Negotiating the Russian Financial Frontier

by Peter Westin, Jody Lanfrey
     
 

With the disintegration of the "Evil Empire," the world's largest country became the world's newest democracy. Many speculators rushed in to occupy the territory vacated by the shrinking state but the bullish expectations were replaced by frustration as the country toppled on the brink of financial meltdown. Faced with an ongoing war in Chechnya, a disintegrating… See more details below

Overview

With the disintegration of the "Evil Empire," the world's largest country became the world's newest democracy. Many speculators rushed in to occupy the territory vacated by the shrinking state but the bullish expectations were replaced by frustration as the country toppled on the brink of financial meltdown. Faced with an ongoing war in Chechnya, a disintegrating infrastructure, widespread corruption, and a currency in free-fall, the Russian economic market collapsed, losing 84% of its economic value in only eight months.

The economy has now regrouped and, although it's recovery is not as fast and furious as many predicted it would be, Russia is re-emerging from its ashes. The question is: has Russia's financial frontier finally become the new land of opportunity, or is it still a land of pipe dreams?

The Wild East analyzes the Russian economy from the unique angle of leading international business figures who have made incredible profits, as well as those who were brutally burnt. Between them, they unearth the real, underlying causes for the country's economic problems, and provide an insight into future issues and how the transition to economic recovery is taking place.

The Wild East will show investors in and observers of Russia how they can hope to negotiate, and profit from, the turmoil of this uncharted financial frontier.

The business and investment pioneers who have contributed to The Wild East are:

  • Kasper Bartholdy, Chief economist for emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Credit Suisse First Boston
  • Erik Berglof, Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at theStockholm School of Economics
  • Stephen Boven, Principal banker at the Group for Small Business, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development
  • Al Breach, Russia economist, Goldman Sachs
  • Roman Filatov, Vice president, investment analyst, Templeton Asset Management Ltd
  • Yevgeny Gavrilenkov, Deputy head of the Bureau for Economic Analysis
  • Peter M. Halloran, Executive chairman, Aton Capital Group, president of Pharos Russian Advisors Ltd
  • Goohoon Kwon, Senior sovereign strategist for emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa, ABN AMRO
  • Dean LeBaron, Chairman, Virtualquest.company, and founder, Batterymarch Financial Management
  • Mark Mobius, President, Templeton Emerging Markets Fund
  • Roland Nash, Chief economist, Renaissance Capital Investment Bank
  • Enrico Perotti, Professor of International Finance, University of Amsterdam
  • Letitia Rydjeski, Director of emerging market investments at Strategic Fixed Income
  • Niclas Sundstrom, Economic-political strategist for Russia and Eastern Europe at SSSB/Citibank
  • Peter Westin, Senior economist, Aton Capital

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903684092
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.89(d)

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