New ETF Makes Nigerian Stocks More Accessible Than Ever

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I literally jumped out of my chair last week when Jan Schalkwijk told me a new Nigeria ETF had just listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Why was I bouncing around my office like I’d hit a buzzer-beating jump shot?

Because, at this moment, I believe the Global X Nigeria Index ETF is one of the most accessible, pure, and cost-efficient ways for US retail investors to tap into the Sub-Saharan growth story.

Who Else Wants to Invest in Nigerian Stocks?

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In case you missed it, the Nigerian Stock Exchange is making investors wealthy of late.

Thanks to a raft of reforms and a growing realization of the investment opportunities in Africa’s most populous nation, the MSCI Nigeria Index is up 78.6% over the past 12 months.

And this bull run looks like it may have some real legs. The market remains well below its five-year high. The five largest companies on the exchange have an average P/E ratio of 15.4 in spite of them averaging earnings growth of 40.6%. And 23 foreign portfolio managers are poised to dive into the market.

I’m guessing some of you would like to do the same. Unfortunately, the market isn’t as easily accessible as its larger counterpart in Johannesburg. So how exactly can a non-resident invest in Nigerian stocks?

11 Africa-Focused Mutual Funds and ETFs

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The US investment community is waking up to the African growth story. As a result, an increasing number of mutual funds and ETFs now boast significant African stock holdings.

But Africa is not a country. It’s a diverse continent with a myriad of different cultures, leaders, resources, and economies.

So, I thought it might be helpful to dig into these US funds’ portfolios to determine where exactly they are placing their bets.