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 $1.21B. The average expense ratio is 0.75%. 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 $510.56M in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Frontier Markets ETF was the GULF at 15.05%. 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: April 2019

Emerging and frontier markets had a rougher experience than developed countries.

ETF Report

 Countries In Review: March 2019

Country ETFs ticked up in January.

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ETF Prime Podcast: Beyond Fund Fees

Critical factors in evaluating the ETF universe, ETF due diligence, and all about 'TCTL.'

ETF Report

 Countries In Review: February 2019

Nigeria and Mexico outperformed during a bleak month.

ETF Report

 Countries In Review: October 2018

More than half of country ETFs fell in August.

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?