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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 Africa Report..August 3, 2015 Tunisian firms are preparing to issue Islamic bonds as the government finalises rules covering the sector, creating a new funding option for companies in an economy buffeted by labour unrest and militant attacks. Islamic finance - which bars interest payments in accordance with Islamic, or sharia, law - accounts for just 2.5 percent of Tunisia's financial sector and was a low priority under autocratic leader Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, who was
from The Africa Report..By Billie Adwoa McTernan in Bedum BremanAugust 3, 2015 As profit grows so does the capacity and this provides the opportunity to employ more women farmhands. The women would become masters of their land and hopefully their pockets too. Clusters of black peppercorn vines, ylang ylang flowers and citronella plants line the bushy roadway to Bedum forest in Ghana's Central Region. It is early afternoon and a small group of women are tending to rows

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from 3, 2015 Oman’s net revenue from oil has dropped a 46.3 per cent during the first five months of the year, according to the latest figures from National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). The Oman Tribune reports that the net revenue from oil dropped to $6 billion (OMR2.33bn) this year, down from $11.2bn (OMR4.34bn) in 2014. The drop in income has affected the sultanate’s budget figures, which showed a deficit of $3.89 billion (OMR1.5bn) at
from ReutersAugust 3, 2015 Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia is less resistant to falling prices than it was at the start of this year, because of its deteriorating fiscal health, but this will not necessarily mean it will cut output, consultant Energy Aspects said on Monday. The price of oil has roughly halved to close to $50 a barrel in the last year and the kingdom's revenues from its crude sales make up 90 percent of
from Ventures Africa..By Felicia Omari OchelleAugust 3, 2015 The recent decision by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reject cash deposits in dollars has resulted in the rise of Nigeria’s currency against the US dollar this week. A forex trader, who chose to speak under the condition of anonymity confirmed that the Naira has appreciated from 220 to 218. Although analysts suggested that devaluation might be the best option, the reverse seems to be the case. Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe
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
from Al Bawaba..By Daniel J. GraeberAugust 1, 2015 Production in the Shaikan oil field in the Kurdish north of Iraq is continuing without disruption despite regional security woes, Gulf Keystone Petroleum said. The company said production and other operations are proceeding without interruption and in a "safe and secure manner." It's the second company to issue an operational update after NATO minister met this week at the request of Turkey to discuss regional security issues. The company trucks crude oil across
from Daily Times (Pakistan)..By Kenneth Lee and Edward MiguelAugust 1, 2015 When President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Kenya over the weekend, he visited not just his ancestral home, but one of the target countries in his $7 billion signature foreign aid initiative, Power Africa. Launched in 2013, Power Africa aims to boost electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative has prioritized expanding the continent's capacity to generate electricity, with an additional focus on small-scale