Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Russia Lost the War in Georgia

... because they did not capture the pipeline in southern Gerorgia and they lost the confidence of the markets. Today's WSJ has an article showing the declines in global markets for this last quarter. Russia comes in dead last. Why?
"When everybody fears that the world is over, emerging markets are not the first place you want to invest in," said Uri Landesman, a senior portfolio manager at ING Investment Management in New York.

Mr. Landesman was pessimistic about Russia. The troubles with Georgia only served to inflame existing concerns about the political and economic climate in the country, he said. Although Russian authorities eventually stemmed the share slide and pumped billions of dollars into the financial system, Russia is "an infinitely less interesting market than it was."
The US markets dropped 9.1% and we all think it's the end of the world. The Russian stock market dropped 47.8% in the last quarter. For many Russians, it really is the end of the world.

I guess invading their neighbor wasn't a good idea after all.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Stalin must be rolling over in his grave. Putin doesn't understand how the raw, naked used of power can intimidate your neighbors into submission, what a wussy. And to think he was KGB.

Alexander Cockburn