List of Frontier Market ETFs


Interest in Frontier Markets has increased over the last few years, prompting investors and issuers alike to find methods of investing in these markets. Given the general difficulty in trading shares due to restricted access and liquidity problems, exchange traded funds (ETFs) tend to be the best way for interested parties to add a degree of Frontier Market exposure to their portfolios.

Frontier Market News will focus primarily on ETFs that have a significant proportion of their holdings in Frontier Markets (there may me a few Emerging Market ETFs with a traceable amount of Frontier Market holdings, but these will not be considered). The tables below split the Frontier Market ETFs into four categories:

Global – these ETFs have holdings in multiple countries across the world in order to gain exposure across a wide variety of nations.

Regional – these ETFs usually allow exposure into a specific continent or region. They are not as wide ranging as global ETFs, but they are much more broad than country-specific ETFs.

Country-Specific – these ETFs focus on one particular country, allowing investors to pinpoint the exact nation that they want to increase their exposure to.

Proposed ETFs – ETFs under this category have been proposed, filed or are almost ready for launch on an exchange.

(last update: 18th September 2017)

Global Frontier Market ETFs

ETFs that have holdings in multiple countries across the world.

Ticker Name Issuer
FM iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF Blackrock
HYEM Vectors Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF VanEck
EMHY iShares Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF Blackrock
FRN Guggenheim Frontier Markets ETF Guggenheim
IGEM EM Investment Grade + BB Rated USD Sovereign Bond ETF VanEck
BBRC Columbia Beyond BRICs ETF Columbia Threadneedle
EMFM Next Emerging & Frontier ETF Global X
XSFD db x-trackers S&P Select Frontier UCITS ETF Deutsche Bank

Regional Frontier Market ETFs

ETFs that allow exposure into a specific continent or region.


Ticker Name Issuer
AFK Vectors Africa Index ETF VanEck
GULF Middle East Dividend Fund WisdomTree
MES Gulf States Index ETF VanEck
AMIB50 Big50 ex-SA ETF Cloud Atlas

Country-Specific Frontier Market ETFs

ETFs that focus on one particular country.

Ticker Name Issuer
VNM Vietnam ETF VanEck
ARGT MSCI Argentina ETF Global X
EGPT Egypt Index ETF Van Eck
NGE MSCI Nigeria ETF Global X
KSA iShares MSCI Saudi Arabia Capped ETF Blackrock
TSE30 TSE 30 Iran Index ETF Turqoise
O9C MSCI Bangladesh IM Index UCITS ETF Deutsche Bank
HD9 FTSE Vietnam UCITS ETF Deutsche Bank
AGT iShares MSCI Argentina and Global Exposure ETF Blackrock

Proposed ETFs

These are Frontier Market ETFs that have either been proposed or are currently in the pipeline.

Name Issuer Status
Saudi Arabian IPO ETF Tadawul/MSCI Proposed
 AMI Real Estate ex-SA ETF Cloud Atlas Launches Nov 17
 AMI Consumer ex-SA ETF Cloud Atlas Launches Nov 17

(Sources include, but are not limited to: Morningstar, ETFdb, Investment Frontier, VanEck, Global X, Yahoo Finance, Blackrock, Guggenheim, WisdomTree, SPDR & Bloomberg)

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