Finding Alpha in Israel’s Emerging Market
|Apr 19th, 2012 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Today's Post | By: vshah||
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 in the world.
This small nation has, however, experienced astonishing economic growth. Israel is 40th largest economy in the world with a GDP of around US$245 billion (putting it ahead of Portugal and Ireland, and just behind Malaysia and Singapore). This is a nation second only to the United States in terms of venture capital funds, with the highest rate of start-up businesses per capita and also the highest ratio of university degrees to population anywhere in the world.
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Vikas Shah is Founder of the consultancy Thought Strategy and CEO of Swiscot Group (a diversified trading firm). Vikas writes and publishes Thought Economics, a leading journal where he interviews some of the most influential individuals in the world. He is a respected commentator and analyst on global issues, finance and economics and a non-executive to a number of philanthropic organisations worldwide. You can follow him on twitter @MrVikas.
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