How to Invest on the Rwanda Stock Exchange

Photo by Dylan Walters

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.

Read More...

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

Photo by Lydur Skulason

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.

Read More...

Buyers Wanted: 9 Cheap Nigerian Stocks

Photo by Shawn Leishman

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.

Read More...

How to Invest on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange

Dar es Salaam

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.

Read More...

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

Photo by John Atherton

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.

Read More...

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

Photo by Andrew Ashton

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.

Read More...

How to Invest in Mauritius

Photo by Joachim S. Müller

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?

Read More...

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

Photo by Roger Gordon

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.

Read More...

How to Invest on the Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigerian Stock Exchange

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?

Read More...

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

4387582220_c76e20f5d1_b

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?

Read More...