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Xander Snyder

Xander Snyder
Xander Snyder is an analyst at Geopolitical Futures. He has a diverse theoretical and practical background in economics, finance and entrepreneurship. As an investment banker, Mr. Snyder worked in corporate debt origination and later in a consumer-retail industry group at Guggenheim Securities, participating in transactions ranging from mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital raises, spin-offs and split-offs to principal investing and fairness opinions. He has worked on more than $4 billion worth of transactions. He subsequently co-founded and served as CFO for Persistent Efficiency, an energy efficiency company that used cutting-edge technology to create a new type of electricity sensor for circuit breakers and related data services. In his role, he was responsible for raising more than $1.5 million in seed capital and presented to some 70 venture capital and angel investors in the process. He also signed four Fortune 500 companies as customers, managed all aspects of company accounting, budgeting and cash flow, investor relations, and supply chain and inventory management. In addition to setting corporate strategy, he helped grow the company from two people to a 12-person team. As an independent financial consultant, Mr. Snyder wrote an economics publication for a financial firm that went out to more than 10,000 individuals and assisted in deal sourcing for a real estate private equity fund. He is an active real estate investor and an occasional angel investor. Mr. Snyder received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics and classical music composition from Cornell University.

The Lira Has Plummeted, and It’s Turkey’s Fault

That the U.S. didn’t create Turkey’s economic vulnerabilities won’t stop Washington from exploiting them.

Iran Sanctions: Out With the Old, in With the New

The last round hurt the economy but couldn’t bring about regime change.

US-Turkish Relations: Bruised but Not Broken

Disagreements over everything from Syria to an American detainee won’t change the fact that they need each other.

Serbian Nationalism: Identity Out of Necessity

A shared objective – expelling the Ottomans – gave rise to a truly single national identity.

In Turkey, a Test to the Limits of Presidential Power

The central bank has decided not to raise interest rates.

Checking in on the Serbia-Kosovo Dispute

Unsurprisingly, it still isn’t resolved.

In Syria, the Harder Fight Is in the North

The south has been mostly retaken. But danger lurks in Idlib.

In Iraq, Local Protests Could Have Wider Implications

The demonstrations in an oil-rich region could exacerbate the problem of declining spare oil capacity.

Russia’s Iraq War

Russia is showing signs of mission creep in Syria.