Emerging markets specialist tips Middle East property and Kazakh financials

The head of fixed income at Silk Invest, which specialises in frontier markets, talks to Credit about risks and opportunities in areas that other investors neglect.

John Bates, Silk Invest

With many advanced economies reporting sluggish growth, investors are increasingly turning to the developing world for opportunities. The so-called ‘frontier’ markets have been beneficiaries of the trend.

The term frontier has been variously defined, but generally refers to countries lacking the economic development and liquid capital markets of larger emerging nations. John Bates, London-based head of fixed income at frontier market fund Silk Invest, says his specialist mandate allows him to

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