Initially, it appeared that an innovative new asset class was making its mark on the investment landscape. Frontier markets take an additional step beyond emerging markets by focusing on those countries that are typically at the earliest stages of economic, political and financial development. And for a period of time over the last few years, it appeared that this burgeoning global asset class was showing the potential to provide meaningfully differentiated performance to further enhance portfolio diversification and returns potential. But over the past year, it has been revealed that investors may be better served by staying off the frontier at least for the time being.
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