Global Evolution actively manages emerging and frontier market
sovereign investments for investors through pooled funds and segregated accounts.
European frontier markets
are attracting attention from international investors owing to their improved economic and regulatory environment (5).
As such, Lebanon was among 17 frontier markets
with a "no issues" rating in terms of capital flow restrictions, and one of nine markets with an "improvements needed" rating in terms of the liberalization level of the foreign exchange market," it added.
Dependency ratios -- the number of non-working age people to working age people -- are projected to decline steeply in frontier markets
while the opposite is expected to occur in developed markets.
Moody's classifies 29 countries as frontier markets
, of which 11 are African: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Republic of Congo, Senegal and Zambia.
5 times for the MSCI Frontier Markets
index, and provides dividends in the low teens.
The sharp correction across frontier markets
since the summer has also yielded strong opportunities across many other markets, including Saudi Arabia.
The Ephraim Global Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund has returned in excess of 5% annually since its launch in July 2007, and its mandate has been extended to encompass the broader frontier markets
; consequently the fund's name has been changed to the Ephraim Global Enhanced Frontier Markets
Fund and will focus on surpassing its previous benchmark over the long term.
Shakir Iqbal, previously director of Mena and frontier market
equity sales at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will be based in Dubai.
Hootan Yazhari, Head of MENA & Global Frontier Markets
Research at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch said that Egypt further achieved a score of 13.
Saudi Arabia heads the list of the most promising frontier markets
, ahead of Estonia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Bahrain, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Kazakhstan and Romania.
The firm said that it has hired Seki Mutukwa, a former senior researcher at HSBC Holdings (LSE: HSBA) as a frontier markets