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Profiting from World Events in 2014

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Profiting from World Events in 2014

Profiting from World Events in 2014

While the market is supposed to have such themes and information baked into its pricing, in reality it is too complex, manipulated, and interrelated to pick up on all these indicators perfectly. Many world changing events and ideas create virtuous cycles that reinforce themselves in ways that experts can’t predict. As a result, investing in overarching trends can be an effective way to find growth in a portfolio.

A fair criticism of such a strategy is that by pooling resources into a group of companies in a “trend” constitutes a common investment mistake. By buying a variety of companies in a sector, an investor gets the good companies and the bad companies. When Warren Buffett wants to invest in soft drinks, he doesn’t buy a pool of soft drink companies – he buys the best company in the mix: Coca-Cola.

However, that raises the question of whether or not retail investors have the resources, time, and experience to be picking the top companies in these trends. Buffett spends months doing due diligence, while retail investors have likely a few hours at best.

Regardless, we feel that there are certain trends that will come to fruition in 2015. The Internet of Things, Medical Marijuana, and 3D Printing are big ones in the near future, while Peak Population, Commodities, and Precious Metals are ones we expect to take off in the longer term.

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The World’s Top Cocoa Producing Countries

Here are the largest cocoa producing countries globally—from Côte d’Ivoire to Brazil—as cocoa prices hit record highs.

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This tree map graphic shows the world's biggest cocoa producers.

The World’s Top Cocoa Producing Countries

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West Africa is home to the largest cocoa producing countries worldwide, with 3.9 million tonnes of production in 2022.

In fact, there are about one million farmers in Côte d’Ivoire supplying cocoa to key customers such as Nestlé, Mars, and Hershey. But the massive influence of this industry has led to significant forest loss to plant cocoa trees.

This graphic shows the leading producers of cocoa, based on data from the UN FAO.

Global Hotspots for Cocoa Production

Below, we break down the top cocoa producing countries as of 2022:

Country2022 Production, Tonnes
🇨🇮 Côte d'Ivoire2.2M
🇬🇭 Ghana1.1M
🇮🇩 Indonesia667K
🇪🇨 Ecuador337K
🇨🇲 Cameroon300K
🇳🇬 Nigeria280K
🇧🇷 Brazil274K
🇵🇪 Peru171K
🇩🇴 Dominican Republic76K
🌍 Other386K

With 2.2 million tonnes of cocoa in 2022, Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest producer, accounting for a third of the global total.

For many reasons, the cocoa trade in Côte d’Ivoire and Western Africa has been controversial. Often, farmers make about 5% of the retail price of a chocolate bar, and earn $1.20 each day. Adding to this, roughly a third of cocoa farms operate on forests that are meant to be protected.

As the third largest producer, Indonesia produced 667,000 tonnes of cocoa with the U.S., Malaysia, and Singapore as major importers. Overall, small-scale farmers produce 95% of cocoa in the country, but face several challenges such as low pay and unwanted impacts from climate change. Alongside aging trees in the country, these setbacks have led productivity to decline.

In South America, major producers include Ecuador and Brazil. In the early 1900s, Ecuador was the world’s largest cocoa producing country, however shifts in the global marketplace and crop disease led its position to fall. Today, the country is most known for its high-grade single-origin chocolate, with farms seen across the Amazon rainforest.

Altogether, global cocoa production reached 6.5 million tonnes, supported by strong demand. On average, the market has grown 3% annually over the last several decades.

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