How to Invest in Zambia

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Understated Zambia is quietly putting together one of the world’s most impressive records of economic growth. The Southern Arican nation’s GDP has grown in excess of 5.3% every year since 2003, and the IMF forecasts its economy will expand by 7.7% this year thanks to strong demand for its primary […]

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Why Are Kenyan Agricultural Stocks So Cheap?

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Kenya investors don’t seem to like agriculture stocks, and I’m not sure I understand why. Almost all of them presently trade for a fraction of their book value and less than seven times their trailing earnings.

Granted, agricultural stocks do have their risks. But with the globe’s population growing and arable land becoming more scarce, I think the market’s pessimism is overdone.

Here are five agricultural stocks that put food on the table, and, possibly, profits in investors’ pockets.

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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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18 South African Stocks That Trade On Wall Street

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I’m a big fan of investing directly in African stock markets. The exchanges in Accra, Lagos, and Nairobi generally offer better bargains than what you find listed on the NYSE or Nasdaq. That said, it’s definitely not for everyone. Opening up foreign brokerage and bank accounts can be a real […]

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How to Invest on the Rwanda Stock Exchange

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Less than 20 years ago, the world watched as a paroxysm of genocidal violence wracked Central Africa’s land of a thousand hills. If ever there was a place bereft of hope, Rwanda was it.

Yet, to the world’s astonishment, the country refused to settle for merely rebuilding. Instead, it opted to transform.

Now, investors from both near and far have an opportunity to support Rwanda’s improbable economic success. The nascent Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) is open for business.

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Who’s Investing In Africa Now? Unilever, L’Oreal, and Ormat Technologies

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It’s not necessary to wire money to a far-flung African locale to invest in Africa’s growing middle class. 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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Buyers Wanted: 9 Cheap Nigerian Stocks

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Nigeria investors must feel a tad punch-drunk after the drubbing they’ve been dealt over the past five years. The Nigerian Stock Exchange has lost nearly half of its value since March 2007.

With local investors cautious, disillusioned, and happy to sit on the sidelines, I’m beginning to see some very interesting opportunities among the exchange’s 200-plus listings.

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How to Invest on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange

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If you really want to invest at the furthest reaches of Africa’s frontier markets, the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) is for you. The little market lists only 11 local companies and trade volumes often don’t exceed $500,000 per week.

But the DSE will likely not be so sleepy five years from now. Exploration companies have discovered huge natural gas reserves off Tanzania’s sandy shores that they are rushing into production. Now the country appears set to be the world’s newest energy hub.

One way to get in on the ground floor of these exciting developments is via the stock market. Here’s what it takes to open a Tanzanian brokerage account.

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Who’s Investing In Africa Now? Nestlé, GE, Siemens, and more

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You don’t have to open a brokerage account in Kampala or Accra to get exposure to the African growth story. Wall Street-listed companies are investing more on the continent with each passing week.

Here’s a roundup of some of the bigger deals I came across in these early days of April.

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The 10 Best-Performing South African Stocks of 2012 (So Far)

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Construction stocks dominate this list of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s top performers thanks in part to President Zuma’s announcement of “massive” infrastructure development. Share prices in the sector are at their highest level in three years as investors anticipate a turnaround.

But hard hats are not required in order to read further.

Companies from a range of other industries bulldozed their way into the top ten, too.

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