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FRONTIER: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow (Bloomberg Financial) By Gavin Serkin

Frontier helps investors successfully navigate markets that are yet to emerge, with expert advice on spotting opportunities and minimising risks. With first-hand insights into frontier markets as we travel with big-name fund managers from Mark Mobius to Morgan Stanley, this practical guide ranks countries, stocks and bonds on a five- to ten-year horizon to steer investors toward the most promising destinations. Written in a compelling and accessible travelogue narrative, each chapter covers a specific country, providing invaluable market analysis and a deep understanding of the political, economic, and social background of those most likely to outperform. The key focus is on fresh ideas, based on the assessments from top performing money managers when meeting challenges, hostilities or adversity, and observations after interviewing high-level government officials and executives.

With advanced economies shackled by debt and sluggish growth, investors are increasingly turning to emerging markets for better returns. Yet the money managers who came out on top in China, India, and Brazil are now focusing their attention on markets that have not yet emerged. This book applies the perspective of ten of the most successful fund managers in their field, providing an unparalleled guide to assessing investment potential in places better known for conflict, poverty and corruption.



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from The Daily Star (Lebanon)..By Arif Sharif and Sarmad Khan| BloombergJuly 6, 2015 DUBAI: Saudi Arabia, the country with the world’s lowest debt-to-GDP ratio, is evaluating the sale of local currency bonds to bridge a budget deficit after oil prices slumped, according to three people with knowledge of the plan. The sale of securities in Saudi riyals will be carried out through an auction process by the kingdom’s Finance Ministry this year or early in 2016, said the people, asking not to be
from Al Jazeera..By Eric ReidyJuly 5, 2015 Recent unrest in Tunisia's impoverished south is a reminder that the country faces pressing economic and social concerns [EPA] Mass unemployment is gripping Tunisia's troubled mining regions, while the country's tourism sector gets a major blow. Douz, Tunisia - For much of the past week, the world's eyes have been trained on Sousse, the seaside city where a gunman opened fire on holidaymakers on June 26, killing 39 people. The massacre came three months
from The New York Times..By NORIMITSU ONISHIJULY 2, 2015 JOHANNESBURG — In the darkened and chilly parking lot of a mall, a suburban family huddling around a shopping cart shared a snack on a Friday evening out. After finding their favorite restaurant closed because of a blackout, Buhle Ngwenya, with her two sons and two nephews, settled for meat pies from one of the few stores open in the mall. “It’s like death, this load shedding,” Ms. Ngwenya,
from 4, 2015 Three quarters of employers in the GCC feel the region's education system is failing to equip students with the skills needed to be successful in work, according to a new report. According to Ernst & Young (EY), its survey of Gulf-based students and employers, which aimed to identify the major challenges that employers face in hiring and retaining nationals, showed that there is a fundamental misalignment between the expectations of both sides. The
from The Africa Report..July 3, 2015 Uganda's central bank governor said it was not sustainable to continue supporting the currency and maintain it at a level not reflective of its market value and that depreciation was "unavoidable" because of weak exports. The east African country's currency has been hammered by depreciation pressures since January and has fallen about 16 percent against the dollar. Much of the pressure has been fuelled by strong demand from importers and foreign-owned
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from The Africa Report..By Dasmani Laary in AccraJuly 3, 2015 The volume of trade between Ghana and China reached $5.6 billion at the end of 2014, making the Asian country the single biggest trading partner with the West African country. "Our economic and trade cooperation has achieved gratifying results, trade volume has surged from less than $100 million in 2000 to $5.6 billion in 2014," Chinese ambassador to Ghana, Sun Baohong, said. Ghana's exports to China have
from The New York Times..July 3, 2015 Askaris (local soldiers) during shooting practice in German East Africa - now Tanzania More than one million people died in East Africa during World War One. Some soldiers were forced to fight members of their own families on the battlefield because of the way borders were drawn up by European colonial powers, writes Oswald Masebo. -------------------- I was born and raised in a simple home in the rural district of
from Reuters Africa.. July 3, 2015 (The following statement was released by the rating agency) LONDON, July 03 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has affirmed Cote d'Ivoire's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at 'B' with a Positive Outlook. The issue ratings on Cote d'Ivoire's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds have been affirmed at 'B'. Fitch has also affirmed the Country Ceiling at 'BBB-', in line with the Country Ceiling of the Union
from BBC NewsBy Gabriella Mulligan, Cape TownJuly 3, 2015 Allan Mukhwana has been instrumental in ensuring that more than 1,400 households in high-risk malaria zones in rural Kenya receive insecticide-treated mosquito nets. But he's not an aid worker, nor a medic - he's the boss of a gaming studio, Momentum Core, in Kenya's capital Nairobi. His firm specialises in developing games with an educational twist. Players of the game Mosquito Hood are tasked with killing increasingly pesky
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from Manuel SoqueJuly 2, 2015 The World Bank agreed to give Angola $650 million in financial support to help stabilize an economy that’s reeling from a plunge in oil prices. The Washington-based lender approved a $450 million loan and $200 million of guarantees, it said in a statement late on Wednesday. That’s the first World Bank financial aid for Angola since 2010, it said. Angola, Africa’s second-largest oil producer, is struggling to cope with a more than