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Polina Kurdyavko, BlueBay Asset Management

New solutions required to address frontier market indebtedness

Frontier markets, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, could well face be facing a financing crisis unless a policy mix can be found to improve growth prospects and put debt servicing on a sustainable path

Michael O'Sullivan

Private View Blog: Tensions in Tehran might just lead to a slightly more modern Iran

We should not expect regime change, but widespread protests in Iran could lead to some social changes

Chioma Nwankwo, Fidelity Bank

Mentorship helps Asian and African women to power ahead

Encouraging rising talent is crucial to helping women break the glass ceiling

Elliot Smither web

Private View Blog: Is private equity the ideal way to tap into African growth?

Private equity seems well suited to opening up the African continent to foreign investors, but deal flows remain small

Elliot Smither web

Private View Blog: Wallabies and springboks thriving on Isle of Man

South African investors and expats see the Isle of Man as safe haven for both their asserts and their families

Rémi Frank, BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas senses growth opportunities among Middle Eastern and German elites

The ‘key client’ group at BNP Paribas Wealth Management has found rich pickings in Asia and is now shifting attention to other markets, says its boss Rémi Frank

Abhishek Sharma, Foundation Holdings

Gulf states experience growing pains as region transforms

The Gulf states and the family run businesses, where much of the region’s wealth is concentrated, are confronting similar challenges as both face up to an era of change

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Oil price fluctuations hampering GCC reforms

The oil-rich states of the Gulf Cooperation Council may talk about the need to diversify their economies and open themselves up to foreign investment, but any pick-up in the oil price seems to go hand in hand with reforms being put on the back burner

Sofiane Lahmar, DPI

Burgeoning middle class fuels growth in Africa’s banking sector

There is more to Africa than natural resources. Private equity opportunities can be found within markets like Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire, but companies with a regional strategy are most attractive  

Craig Arenhold, StatPro South Africa

Best to invest overseas warn South Africa’s wealth managers

South Africa’s private banks may excel in their use of technology, but the country itself faces myriad economic and political problems

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