Practical analysis for investment professionals

Africa


Frontier Market Investing: Inefficiency Equals Opportunity

Frontier markets are often thought of as inhospitable investing outposts where corruption abounds and investors face outsized risks. Notwithstanding, the safety and integrity of frontier markets has greatly improved over the past decade, and their growing popularity with professional investors is testament to the fact that the risk-adjusted returns offered by frontier markets are indeed attractive.

Take 15: The MENA Economy: One Year after the Arab Spring

Henry T. Azzam shares his views on economic prospects of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region one year after the Arab Spring.

Take 15: Global Demographic Trends and Investment Opportunities in Africa

Richard Hokenson discusses the investment implications of global demographic trends and the investment opportunities these trends represent for Africa.

Investing in Africa Now: Six Myths Debunked

Development Partners International's Runa Alam dispels six myths about investing in Africa and makes a compelling argument for the continent's frontier markets.

Emerging Markets Conference: Experts Bullish on Africa, Lukewarm on China

Because many emerging markets are either commodity producers or exporters, it seemed likely to me that emerging markets would be beholden to the health of the developed (importing) world — which of course has massive excess debt. While this is certainly true for some markets, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the scope of opportunity in emerging markets is much larger than I had expected.

Population Growth Bodes Well for African Economies

The world population has surpassed 7 billion people. As inhabitants of Earth first, and investors second, should we be concerned? According to economist and demographer Richard Hokenson the answer is no. Instead, we should be concerned that the world population is projected to shrink as it ages — and as a result the global labor force will soon be declining.

Africa: The Land of Alpha

The famed hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." Frontier markets — especially those in Africa — are where alpha is going to be.

Take 15: The Case for Investing in Africa

Clifford D. Mpare, CFA, discusses which African nations have the most improved macro environments and how these factors can support equity investments. Mr. Mpare also explores valuation of African equities including long-term trends, sectors of interest, and company case studies, as well as the importance of diversification.



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