Frontier Markets ETF


Investing in emerging markets isn’t optional anymore. Globalisation means that countries once thought of as marginal are central to any smart investment plan.

What’s still optional — for now, at least — are markets characterised as “frontier.” Frontier markets are young and thinly traded, with small numbers of stocks, the first ETF still under review, poor regulation, unreliable financial reports and low levels of foreign ownership. In other words, mystery markets. But, like travel, they broaden the mind.

Who’s on the frontier? Ukraine, Cyprus, Estonia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Vietnam and perhaps two dozen more. Investment managers group them under acronyms: MENA, for Middle East North Africa; EMEA, for Europe (specifically, eastern Europe), Middle East and Africa. More from economictimes



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