Frontier market

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Frontier markets is commonly used to describe the equity markets of the smaller and less accessible, but still "investable," countries of the developing world. The frontier, or pre-emerging equity markets are typically pursued by investors seeking high, long-run return potential as well as low correlations with other markets. The implication of a country being labeled as frontier, or pre-emerging, is that the market will begin to develop similar levels of liquidity and exhibit similar risk and return characteristics to that of the more traditional emerging markets.

MarketsWiki this year began publishing financial market snapshots of selected frontier-market countries - so far we have completed Kenya, Hungary, Vietnam, Colombia and Lebanon with more to come.

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