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Voltan Frontier Markets fund to launch several sub-strategies

Monday, September 26, 2011

Alison Graham
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

The MSCI Frontier Markets, today at $484, is down 3.5% MTD, down 19% YTD, and lost almost 8% over the last 5 years. But the Voltan Frontier Markets fund has comfortably outperformed the index. Launched in May 2009, it invests in a universe of 60 developing countries that are not part of the MSCI Emerging Markets index, but that are instead early-stage markets such as Georgia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nigeria and Botswana. It usually has 50 to 100 positions across 15 to 20 countries, typically in listed long-only equity. The fund features in Opalesque Solutions' Emerging Managers Database.

Managed by New York-based boutique Voltan Capital Management, the Voltan Frontier Markets is currently most exposed to Africa, Alison Graham, Voltan’s CIO, told Opalesque in a recent interview. Armed with more than 17 years of experience in emerging and frontier markets finance and the enviable ability to speak six foreign languages, she often travels around the world to check what is "on the ground."

Biggest exposures Graham explained that the fund is currently most exposed to Africa because there is a very strong process of domestic capital formation with a population of people urbanising, m......................

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