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Jamaica still a “hot” place to invest
but not a place for the timid
By: Andre’ Burnett
an exclusive analysis of Global Finance and Citi Group “Emerging Markets 2009” publication Why would the Finnish cellular juggernaut Nokia, decide to quit Germany in mid 2008 to set up operations in Romania, a country that receives aid from Germany being a relative new comer to the European Union? It could be the same reason that the fastest growing handset making plant run by the company that was once a pulp mill, is in …drum roll please…India. Actually it is not one reason that so-termed “emerging markets” have become greener pastures for large corporations looking to offshore their operations in light of dire times in developed countries, it is in fact several. Reasons for investing in a developing country Not surprisingly, lower labour and operational costs was named as the chief strategic objective for establishing functions in emerging markets according to a Deloitte survey involving interviews with 247 executives from consumer and manufacturing companies already active in developing countries. Market expansion and
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study, over 88 percent of the companies interviewed shared that they planned to execute forays into emerging markets. The fact that most of the products manufactured by large manufacturers is not used or consumed nearby is not lost on executives, speed to market is a very important factor and this coupled with the other factors has caused these executives to estimate that over 20% of their revenue will have originated in emerging markets. What does this mean for fair Jamaica? It means that Jamaica, a country that has managed to become a very big blip on every mobile manufacturer’s radar despite its size; a country conversely portrayed as a country saddled by the ill effects of crime and violence might actually be juicier fare for savvy global companies. According to an Emerging Market Map published by Global Finance, a widely reputable and recognized magazine, Jamaica is listed as tepid which is described as “having great potential but also serious downsides”. The data from the report shows Jamaica’s GDP per head to be much lower than that of Caricom neighbor, Barbados with about the same level of GDP growth. In terms of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) however, which can be defined classically as the physical investment made by an overseas company into building a factory in another country, Jamaica is miles above other countries listed as “sizzling”. Jamaica is listed as having $779 million in FDI and a FDI change of -12% compared to a -45% change in Barbados a -29% in sizzling Panama. Jamaica also ranked fairly well in competitiveness with a score of 3.89 while Barbados ranked better with a score of 4.40, the Easter Caribbean country also outranked Jamaica in terms of corruption actually being named the least corrupt country on the entire list of countries that included Africa, Asia and Europe.
Speed to Market rounded out the top three with access to talent and the development of new products and services following thereafter. Large corporations still interested in investing in developing countries Even the bleakest of economic forecasters would be heartened by the fact that according to the Deloitte
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In 2001, Digicel proved all naysayers wrong by taking the Jamaican market by storm and establishing itself as a cornerstone of the market, in 2009, it would seem that Jamaica is still no place for the timid but it is by all means, a new age frontier for the modern day pilgrims.
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Question: I have heard recently that persons 9. What makes a stock price change? Speculahave been losing money in stock markets around the world. I’m scared of buying stocks as I don’t understand how this investment works.
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ing the operation of the stock market. While you may have heard negative reports, stocks can still be a good way to build wealth. Here are ten key things to learn about stocks:
1. What is a stock? A stock is an investment representing part ownership in a company, and a claim on part of its assets and earnings.
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2. What is a share? A share is the physical or electronic certificate that represents the holder’s ownership of the stock.
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3. Why do companies offer stocks? Stocks help
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companies to raise capital for development and give the original owners a way to cash in on their investments. Stocks are issued to the general public for the first time via an Initial Public Offering (IPO).
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Where can you buy and sell stocks? After an IPO, stocks are listed on a stock exchange, which is which a physical or virtual location where buyers and sellers meet and decide on a price.
5. What’s the benefit of buying stocks? Sharehold-
ers can have potentially higher returns in the stock market than with other investments. They can profit by selling stocks for higher prices and receive income from dividends.
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7. How do I decide which stocks to buy? A stock broker can help you to select stocks which match your objectives. You can also examine a company’s financial reports to decide if you want to be a shareholder.
8. How do I know when to sell? People usually sell
a stock when the price is higher, if they need to get back their cash, or when the stock company has not been doing well. Your broker can help you to make that decision.
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10. What are the risks of investing in stocks? Inves-
tors could lose money if they have to sell a stock for less than the buying price; it may be difficult to get money back quickly if needed for emergency; and a stock company could go out of business and have the stocks de-listed from the exchange. Financially S.M.A.R.T. Services is Jamaica’s number one source for practical, down-to-earth and independent answers for all questions relating to personal finance. Get more money smart advice at www.financiallysmartonline.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or questions.
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