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Nov 6, 2013

Analysis: Cracks start to show in frontier markets

LONDON (Reuters) – Three years ago, a trip to the Southern Kenya production facilities of Canadian company Africa Oil attracted only seven potential investors. Two months ago, 60 boarded the flight.

The investor trip, described by sales staff at Citi following a recent client conference, is just one illustration of the swelling interest in the most esoteric frontier markets.

Nov 6, 2013

Cracks start to show in frontier markets

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Three years ago, a trip to the
Southern Kenya production facilities of Canadian company Africa
Oil attracted only seven potential investors. Two months
ago, 60 boarded the flight.

The investor trip, described by sales staff at Citi
following a recent client conference, is just one illustration
of the swelling interest in the most esoteric frontier markets.

Nov 4, 2013

Pension transfer to state will go ahead – Polish finance minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Poland’s transfer of privately-run pensions to the state will go ahead early next year, despite a legal opinion that the move could be unconstitutional, finance minister Jacek Rostowski told Reuters on Monday.

Rostowski, who is also deputy prime minister, said in an interview that the economy would grow by around 1.5 percent this year and 2.5 percent next year, helped by a recovery in the euro zone.

Nov 1, 2013

Kazakhstan state pension transfer delayed to mid-2014 -c.bank

LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan will complete its
planned transfer of pension funds into a state entity in the
middle of next year, its central bank governor said on Friday, a
delay from the previous timetable of the end of 2013.

The oil-rich country wants to hold all its pension assets in
a single, state-run fund to allow the government to mobilise
billions of dollars for large projects to help sustain fast
economic growth without raiding the strategic National Fund,
which manages windfall revenues from oil exports.

Oct 30, 2013

UAE central bank watching house prices, sees no bubble

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates central
bank governor said on Wednesday he was not worried about a new
house price bubble similar to one which burst in 2008, halving
property prices in the following two years and pushing Dubai
close to default.

Prices have risen again in the past year and the central
bank imposed limits on mortgage loans this week to prevent
another boom-and-bust cycle in the property market.

Oct 25, 2013

Euro zone entry may spur Latvia inflation – central bank chief

LONDON (Reuters) – Euro zone entry in January will likely boost Latvian inflation by 0.2-0.3 percentage points next year, its central bank governor said on Friday, after two dips into deflationary territory this year.

The Baltic country has been recording strong economic growth and has relatively low debt levels after a deep recession during the 2008 global credit crisis, when it slashed spending and encouraged lower wage costs to keep its currency pegged to the euro.

Oct 25, 2013

Euro zone entry may lift Latvia inflation: central bank chief

LONDON (Reuters) – Euro zone entry in January will likely lift Latvia’s flagging inflation rate by 0.2-0.3 percentage points next year, its central bank governor said on Friday.

The Baltic country has been recording strong economic growth and has relatively low debt levels after a deep recession during the global credit crisis, when it slashed spending to keep its currency pegged to the euro.

Oct 7, 2013

World must ready defences over US debt crisis, says South Africa

LONDON (Reuters) – The global community should fear the worst over the U.S. debt crisis and shore up its economic defences accordingly, South Africa’s finance minister said on Monday.

Financial markets are getting nervous that the budget deadlock in Congress may not be resolved before Oct 17, the deadline to raise U.S. borrowing limits. That could lead to an unprecedented technical default by the world’s largest economy.

Oct 4, 2013

With plenty of money and time, family offices eye risky markets

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – With deep pockets and long time
horizons, and perhaps even a desire to do good, some of the
world’s wealthiest families are investing in risky African and
other frontier markets.

Family offices, which manage assets on behalf of wealthy
families in more developed markets, are generally tight-lipped
and seen as conservative in their approach to investing.

Sep 26, 2013
via Global Investing

Vietnam stocks streak ahead in Asia

It’s been a good year for frontier markets, though some have done better than others. One success story has been Vietnam.

Hanoi’s domestic VNI equity index  is up 17 percent.  That compares well with stock markets in other Asian frontiers – Sri Lanka has gained only 3 percent,  Bangladesh is down 1 percent on the year and  Mongolia has plunged more than 20 percent, hurt by a restrictive foreign investment law.

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      "I work in London as part of the Reuters investment strategy editorial team, specialising in emerging and frontier markets. I cover emerging bond, stock and FX markets as well as global market themes, and interview emerging market policy-makers when they attend events in London. I started at Reuters in 1993, writing about foreign exchange, government bonds and Eurobonds before switching to emerging markets."
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