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Frontier Markets For Dummies


Learn to:

  • Take advantage of emerging economies in CIVETS countries
  • Weigh the potential gain with the challenges and risks
  • Grasp foreign governance and laws
  • Successfully invest in frontier markets

Your guide to successful investing in frontier markets

Frontier markets are producing excellent returns for investors, and now you can jump in too! Use this complete resource to discover the best approaches to investing in these up-and-coming global markets, maximizing returns, and diversifying your portfolio. This guide includes everything you need to know to start investing in frontier markets today!

  • Take your first steps into frontier markets — get acquainted with frontier markets, the special issues surrounding them, and how to assess risks
  • An investment sector all its own — dive into the many considerations of global investing, including currency considerations, investment restrictions, political systems, and much more
  • Approach frontier markets with savvy — understand the role frontier markets will play in your portfolio, what bad news means for global investing, and issues on market timing
  • Make smart investment selections — find out what financial instruments are available, including mutual funds, ETFs, ADRs, and more
  • Your investment toolbox — prepare for frontier market investing with information on the most promising markets and the riskiest markets

Open the book and find:

  • A complete overview of frontier market investing
  • The difference between emerging and frontier markets
  • Details on various laws for foreign investors
  • The lowdown on how currency enters the equation
  • A guide to long-term approaches to the markets
  • The skinny on bond funds, equity funds, and more
  • Mistakes you must avoid to achieve success

Gavin Graham is founder and president of Graham Investment Strategy Ltd. and appears regularly on business TV and radio in Canada. Al Emid has 40-plus years’ experience as a journalist. He has reported on financial issues in the United States, Canada, South America, and the Middle East.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Frontier Markets 5

Chapter 1: Forging into New Investment Frontiers 7

Chapter 2: Examining the Appeal of Emerging Markets Investment 23

Chapter 3: The Lay of the Land: Mapping Frontier Markets 37

Chapter 4: Reasons to Tackle the Frontier -- Or to Flee 59

Part II: Examining Issues Affecting Frontier Market Performance 75

Chapter 5: Political Systems and Market Players 77

Chapter 6: Corruption, Income Disparity, and Investment Restrictions 93

Chapter 7: Currency Considerations, Exchange Rates, and Accounting Standards 115

Part III: Approaching Frontier Market Investments with Savvy 127

Chapter 8: Getting Clear about Risk, Volatility, and Correlation 129

Chapter 9: Becoming a Bad News Connoisseur 143

Chapter 10: Searching for Frontier Markets in Your Current Portfolio 157

Chapter 11: Preparing for Your Participation in Frontier Markets 169

Part IV: Making Investment Selections 181

Chapter 12: Investing Directly in Frontier Markets 183

Chapter 13: Buying Bond Funds 197

Chapter 14: Buying Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) 209

Chapter 15: Moving into Regional and Country Funds 227

Chapter 16: Putting Your Dollars in Global Frontier Funds 245

Chapter 17: Assessing and Adjusting Your Frontier Investments 261

Part V: The Part of Tens 271

Chapter 18: The Ten Most Promising Frontier Markets 273

Chapter 19: The Ten Most Promising Developed-Nations Companies 283

Chapter 20: The Ten Riskiest Frontier Markets 291

Chapter 21: Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Investing in Frontier Markets 297

Appendix: A Quick Survey of Some Emerging and Frontier Market Countries 305

Index 317