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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 2, 2015 The office real estate market in key Saudi cities have seen increased levels of demand over the past 12 months, according to a new report by Knight Frank. Year-on-year, office take-up continued to increase in Riyadh and Jeddah. In both cases however, higher levels of demand were offset by new office completions. As a result, vacancy rates were broadly stable over the same period while rents were also unchanged in the two cities.
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from Africa Review..By Erick KabenderaAugust 1, 2015 A two-horse race for Tanzania’s presidency is shaping up between former prime minister Edward Lowassa and current Minister for Infrastructure John Pombe Magufuli. Mr Magufuli is the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party presidential nominee while Mr Lowassa is the prominent candidate the party spurned. Mr Lowassa announced his decision to join the main opposition party Chadema last week, soon after being eliminated before the balloting from the race for
from Monica EllenaJuly 22, 2015 China, the world’s largest economy, has set its eyes on Georgia, a traditional gateway between Asia and Europe, and its investment power could transform the poverty-stricken South Caucasus country’s prospects, some observers believe. Driven by Georgia’s privileged access to the European Union, and strategic location on the Black Sea, Chinese investment interests run the gamut, and look set to expand. They could even include a free-trade agreement. Among the 22 mid-size to large Chinese
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from BBC News..By Shivam VijJuly 31, 2015 Pakistan is the world's fifth largest producer of mangoes In a South Asian tradition, Pakistani leaders send mangoes to their Indian counterparts every year. The fabled 'mango diplomacy', however, does not really help lower tensions between the two neighbours, writes Shivam Vij. On the occasion of Eid last week, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reportedly sent a box of mangoes to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. But relations were not sweetened
from Hurriyet Daily News..By Barçın Yinanç - NICOSIAJuly 31, 2015 The business communities of the two sides of Cyprus have for the first time agreed to make their cooperation official by setting up the “Cyprus Business Forum,” in a sign displaying optimism for a solution which will reunite the divided island in the near future. The Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation (OEB) and the Turkish-Cypriot Businessmen’s Association (IŞAD) signed a protocol setting up the Cyprus Business Forum on
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from Ventures Africa..By Ehis OkpamenJuly 31, 2015 Traditional assets under management (AuM) in 12 markets across Africa will rise to around $1.98 trillion by 2020, from a 2008 total of $293 billion, according to projections by PwC. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 9.6 percent. This anticipated surge confirms that traditional asset management, particularly the mutual fund industry, is expanding aggressively across Africa. This will largely be driven by a number of factors: economic
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