Frontier markets

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Frontier markets are economies too small to be considered emerging, but with tremendous growth potential. Until recently emerging markets were seen as safer than investing in US and European markets, but their luster is fading and frontier markets are becoming more fashionable. Frontier markets include countries like Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, where stock markets are small and difficult for foreigners to invest in, but expected to grow rapidly.

MSCI launched a family of tradable frontier markets indices in 2007 covering 19 countries, and in July 2008 FTSE launched the FTSE Frontier 50.[1]