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Frontier Markets — A Subset of Emerging Markets

For investors considering big risks or looking for the next big thing, frontier markets offer great opportunities. They have smaller economies and more individual risk than emerging markets, but they can’t be ignored.

Frontier markets are a special category of emerging markets. Though the economies in these countries are small and not always stable, they are open to investors. These nations are developing their international trade relationships, have securities that people can buy, and have a government that supports economic growth. In general, these markets are riskier than developed and emerging markets, but the potential returns could be higher, too, making them an attractive option for investors who can handle the risk.

The frontier market nations are in the earliest stages of economic development. Some are so small that they’ll never be economic powerhouses, but they may still offer interesting investment niches. Others may become emerging and developed markets in their own right when they get a more stable government or a larger industrial base.

Some of the frontier markets in the following list may be attractive for you now; others may be in a few years:

Africa
Botswana
Ghana
Kenya
Mauritius
Nigeria
Asia
Bangladesh
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Vietnam
Eastern and Southern Europe
Bulgaria
Croatia
Estonia
Kazakhstan
Lithuania
Romania
Serbia
Slovenia
Ukraine
Middle East
Bahrain
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
South America
Argentina
West Indies
Jamaica
Trinidad and Tobago
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