New ETF Makes Nigerian Stocks More Accessible Than Ever

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I literally jumped out of my chair last week when Jan Schalkwijk told me a new Nigeria ETF had just listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Why was I bouncing around my office like I’d hit a buzzer-beating jump shot?

Because, at this moment, I believe the Global X Nigeria Index ETF is one of the most accessible, pure, and cost-efficient ways for US retail investors to tap into the Sub-Saharan growth story.

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Who Else Wants to Invest in Nigerian Stocks?

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In case you missed it, the Nigerian Stock Exchange is making investors wealthy of late.

Thanks to a raft of reforms and a growing realization of the investment opportunities in Africa’s most populous nation, the MSCI Nigeria Index is up 78.6% over the past 12 months.

And this bull run looks like it may have some real legs. The market remains well below its five-year high. The five largest companies on the exchange have an average P/E ratio of 15.4 in spite of them averaging earnings growth of 40.6%. And 23 foreign portfolio managers are poised to dive into the market.

I’m guessing some of you would like to do the same. Unfortunately, the market isn’t as easily accessible as its larger counterpart in Johannesburg. So how exactly can a non-resident invest in Nigerian stocks?

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11 Africa-Focused Mutual Funds and ETFs

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The US investment community is waking up to the African growth story. As a result, an increasing number of mutual funds and ETFs now boast significant African stock holdings.

But Africa is not a country. It’s a diverse continent with a myriad of different cultures, leaders, resources, and economies.

So, I thought it might be helpful to dig into these US funds’ portfolios to determine where exactly they are placing their bets.

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Who’s Investing In Africa Now? 3M, France Telecom, Visa, and More

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It’s not necessary to wire money to a far-flung African locale to invest in the rise of the African consumer. Here are nine companies that are making big bets on the continent and conveniently trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Who’s Investing In Africa Now? Ericsson, FastJet, PepsiCo, and More

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It’s not necessary to wire money to a far-flung African locale to invest in the rise of the African consumer. Here are five companies that are making big bets on the continent and conveniently trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Who’s Investing In Africa Now? Heinz, Medtronic, and More

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It’s not necessary to wire money to a far-flung African locale to invest in the rise of the African consumer. Here are five companies that are making big bets on the continent and conveniently trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Cash Out On UEPS?

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Johannesburg-based Net 1 UEPS Technologies (UEPS.US and NT1.SJ) reported its third quarter 2012 earnings earlier this month.

Let’s get acquainted with the stock and see whether it represents a compelling opportunity for Africa investors.

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Who’s Investing In Africa Now? Marriott, Kraft, Cummins, and More

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It’s not necessary to open an African brokerage account to add a bit of the continent to your portfolio. Kraft, Marriott, SPX, American Tower, and Cummins are all making big bets on Africa and conveniently trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

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The Investing In Africa Index: Tracking Africa’s Most Accessible Stocks

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Index investing sure is popular these days. You’ve got your small-cap indexes. Your large-cap indexes. Growth indexes. Value indexes. Country indexes. Bond indexes. Any slight affinity among a group of securities seemingly results in some sort of new index ETF.

It’s got me feeling a little bit left out.

So, today I’m launching the Investing In Africa Index.

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Who’s Investing In Africa Now? Yum! Brands, SABMiller, and More

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It’s not necessary to wire money to a far-flung African locale to invest in the rise of the African consumer. Here are three companies that are making big bets on the continent and conveniently trade on the New York Stock Exchange and the Pink Sheets.

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