"...emerging markets will grow faster than the
developed world for decades to come."

Gideon Rachman, The Financial Times

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Winds of Change in Saudi Arabia Investment Climate

The winds of change are blowing in Saudi Arabia, carrying the potential to dramatically shift the investment climate there. One of the most anticipated financial events in the Middle East region seems as if it could finally come to pass

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Nigeria: An African Giant

I’ve been a frontier market fan for some time now, especially when it comes to Africa, and particularly when it comes to investing in Nigeria. On May 7-9, Abuja, Nigeria, had the honour of hosting the World Economic Forum on

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Frontier Markets Find Footing

Frontier markets remain in focus for the Templeton Emerging Markets Group in 2014, and my team and I have spent the early part of the year exploring potential investment opportunities in a number of them. I generally spend about a

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United Arab Emirates: An Emerging Market Melting Pot

The investable Middle East/North Africa region known as “MENA” encompasses 11 diverse countries, extending from Oman to Morocco, and also includes Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). I recently had the

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Is African economic growth finally ready to take off?

Long seen as “too risky,” African economic growth is moving forward at a remarkable pace Africa has experienced a sea change over the past decade and has more or less shed its image of being “too risky.” And although challenges

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Look to frontier markets for clients who can stomach risk

Once relatively inaccessible to foreigners, frontier markets are increasingly gaining the attention of investors who are willing to assume greater risks for the opportunity to obtain greater rewards. Countries that are less developed than emerging markets present opportunities because of

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The EU12 – Newest EU members struggle with convergence

Although the EU12 face risks associated with a slowing western Europe and a stronger euro, there are positive signs On the surface, the future of the enlarged European Union’s 12 newest members (collectively known as the EU12) appears bright as

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European emerging markets turning the corner

The economies and stock markets of European emerging markets, specifically the eastern and central European countries that became EU members in 2004 are flourishing. But political malaise and instability, combined with structural weaknesses and inefficiencies, are undermining their convergence with

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Strong economic recovery in Argentina

Argentina’s economy is booming. However, questions remain about the sustainability of the economic recovery in Argentina, which has benefited substantially in recent years from a strong commodity cycle and favourable international economic conditions. In spite of this, Argentina offers opportunistic plays

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The developing potential of Middle East markets

Middle East markets have the potential to become the newest emerging-market frontier for investors. The region’s problems garner attention, but beneath it all is the strengthening foundation of a large emerging market for investors. The region has one of the largest

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