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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How to Invest in Mauritius

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When Mark Twain visited this island nation in 1896, a proud resident told him that “heaven was copied after Mauritius.” The Stock Exchange of Mauritius has certainly posted some heavenly returns over the past three years, and there are a number of intriguing companies among its 38 listed stocks. So, just how do you go about opening a brokerage account there?

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Who’s Investing in Africa? Gap, Porsche, Samsung, and More

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Multinationals have finally caught on to the African growth story. Now they’re almost falling over each other in a quest to capture market share along this new frontier.

To get a sense of how broad-based the investment is, check out this list of Wall Street companies investing in Africa. Each announced major African investments last week.

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How to Invest on the Nigerian Stock Exchange

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange hasn’t exactly sizzled of late. But the potential of Africa’s most populous nation is enormous. First things first, however. I need a Nigerian brokerage account. So, how exactly do I go about opening one?

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A Dark Continent Brightens: Africa’s Tangible Progress Since TEDAfrica 2007

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In June 2007, a diverse group of African visionaries gathered in Arusha, Tanzania. It was the first (and so far only) TEDAfrica conference.

In the opening speech, Euvin Naidoo made an eloquent case for investing in Africa. He cited a number of “bellwether” indicators of the continent’s progress. That was nearly five years ago. How much progress has been made since then?

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3 Reasons Mining Stocks Are The Pits

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Most global investors still treat Africa as a commodity play. They overlook the continent’s increasing political stability, improved governance, and burgeoning middle class. Instead, they focus on the treasure trove of copper, iron, oil, and gold that will fuel the growth of emergent economic superpowers like China and India. As an investor, I’m uncomfortable with this bias for three reasons. Mining stocks are risky, dirty, and most investors don’t need them.

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Funny Money: How Do Africa’s Currencies Stack Up to the Dollar?

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I recently took up jogging to help get my desk-bound self into some semblance of shape. But you won’t often see me pounding the pavement in suburban Lancaster. Why not? Because I prefer the treadmill. You see, I have the rather obsessive need to gauge exactly how much effort I […]

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How to Invest on the Uganda Securities Exchange

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I know I’ve been posting an awful lot of “How to” articles lately, but when this Kony 2012 stuff broke last week I felt the need to try to help balance the interweb’s recent coverage of Uganda.

Let me be clear. Uganda certainly has its problems. Kony is one. Corruption, AIDS, and an increasingly dictatorial president are others.

But Uganda also has some things going for it that could make it attractive to frontier investors.

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