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The Big Picture: The Caribbean: beyond tourism

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

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B. G., Opalesque Geneva:

Kevin Burrows, founder and CIO of Miami-based asset manager Blue Mahoe Partners, views the Caribbean as an overlooked frontier market: "Frontier markets are all in the news but most investors still look at the Caribbean region as a lot of hotels and beaches. We want to change that mindset. We're a very entrepreneurial society, there are established businesses here as well as up-and-coming ventures."

"There are frontier market ETFs out there that don't include any Caribbean stock for example," he adds. "The region has a vibrant stock market; it is less liquid but there are opportunities for international investors here."

Think of the Caribbean as a stock that's undergoing restructuring, he explains during a recent Opalesque TV interview. The Caribbean is moving from very inefficient systems and infrastructure to a mass improvement in efficiency and in available investment opportunity that is outside the traditional tourism-related industries and fisheries. All of the region's business models are evolving because they have been forced to evolve.

"A lot of money has flooded into emerging markets but the opportunity set is where the money has not gotten to yet," he says. "Allocation flows into the region not ......................

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