Frontier Markets ETF Overview

Frontier markets ETFs invest in the equity of companies outside of the developed and emerging economic development categories. These developing countries are usually considered too small to be emerging markets, and their financial markets are too illiquid for investors. They are considered the riskiest markets, but many analysts believe there are pricing inefficiencies that investors can take advantage of.

Frontier markets ETFs are part of this market segment:

With 8 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Frontier Markets ETFs gather total assets under management of $1.14B. The average expense ratio is 0.74%. Frontier Markets ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity

The largest Frontier Markets ETF is the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF FM with $515.14M in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Frontier Markets ETF was the VNM at 13.37%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Frontier Markets space was the iShares MSCI Argentina and Global Exposure ETF AGT in 04/25/17.

ETF Report

 Countries In Review: September 2018

Most country ETFs landed in positive territory in July.

Features and News

Worst Performing Single Country ETFs

Some single-country ETFs such as the Turkey fund are down as much as 55% this year alone.

ETF Report

 Countries In Review: August 2018

Most country ETFs had it rough in June.

Features and News

Investing In The Frontier

Have frontier markets like Vietnam and Nigeria lived up to their promise?

ETF Report

 Countries In Review: July 2018

Few country ETFs emerged from May unscathed.

Features and News

Why Saudi & Argentina ETFs Will Rally

Historical precedent suggests new entrants into MSCI Emerging Markets Index will rally into next year.

Features and News

ETF Of The Week: Saudi Arabia ‘KSA’ Shines

'KSA' gets a lift as MSCI agrees to add Saudi Arabia to its emerging markets index.

ETF Report

 Countries In Review: June 2018

Emerging markets included the worst- and best-performing country funds.

ETF Report

 Countries In Review

Country ETFs saw mostly negative returns, except for some bright spots in developing markets.