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Investing In Africa With ETFs

Is there an app for that? A few years ago that was a fun and only slightly rhetorical question, as we traded in our flip phones for smart phones and our PCs were catching flak from the tablet takeover. Today no one asks, because he answer is unequivocally "yes."

In similar fashion, a present day investor might ask: is there an ETF for that? Increasingly, that is a rhetorical question as well. Mostly, that is a good thing. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) have leveled the playing field by democratizing access to asset classes and markets traditionally only accessible to sophisticated investors such as endowments and pension funds.

But if ETFs sometimes sound too good to be true, it is because they are. Where they excel is in traditional asset classes where a passive, low-cost basket of stocks is generally a better alternative to an actively managed, less transparent, less tax… Read More …