Top Exchange-Traded Funds To Help You Invest In Africa

September 29, 2010  |  

by R. Asmerom

Not too long ago, we did a story on How To Invest in Africa, where we talked to a fund manager who had invested in coffee in Kenya, an ice cream company in Ghana and various stocks in South Africa. Today, the discussion still continues as the large continent is becoming more accessible to potential investors through ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds). These funds offer an investment in a combination of African economies, industries and companies and are most attractive to investors who don’t want to do the work of researching separate investments.

iShares MSCI South Africa Index Fund (EZA) – South Africa is the go-to market for outside investors as it represents the largest economy in the continent. It’s stable political system and relatively stable economy make it especially lucrative.

Market Vectors Egypt Index (EGPT)
– Egypt is one of Africa’s top economies and is less dependent on commodities than South Africa.

SPDR S&P Emerging Middle East & Africa ETF (GAF) – This fund that includes stock in African as well as Middle East regions.

Market Vectors Africa Index ETF (AFK) –  The investment seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the Dow Jones Africa Titans 50 IndexSM, which measures the stock performance of 50 leading companies that are headquartered or generate the majority of their revenues in Africa.

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