Frontier Markets

  • 17 May
    Here’s The Truth About Investing In Argentina

    Here’s The Truth About Investing In Argentina

    I usually do the opposite of what others do.

    Just a year ago, according to the Wall Street Journal, many investors—like Morgan Stanley, T. Rowe Price, and Ashmore Group—rushed to buy Argentinian stocks as the situation in the country had been improving under the new president, Macri. Their position exposure has been at least 17% of their frontier market portfolios, which is the Argentinian weight in the MSCI Frontier Market Index.



    iShares even launched an Argentinian ETF and all seemed well until interest rates in the U.S. increased which made people think more about the risks and made them less attracted to the quick, high interest rate gains in Argentina. More →

  • 03 Jan
    Do You Need To Invest In Frontier Markets To Be Well Diversified?

    Do You Need To Invest In Frontier Markets To Be Well Diversified?

    • Due to low liquidity, frontier markets are highly influenced by foreign capital inflows and outflows.
    • Political risks, exposure to oil, and variegate PE ratios advise against investing in frontier market ETFs.
    • However, there is one low risk high reward option.

    Introduction

    A frontier market is a developing country not big enough to be considered an emerging market. The term describes smaller, less accessible, but still investable markets. Such investments are considered high risk because of high volatility and lack of information.

    Small markets usually have low liquidity and are very sensitive to foreign fund flows. Capital inflows alongside positive sentiment quickly lead to a bubble. More →

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