GUEST ARTICLE: Is it time for the robot (advisors) to take over?

By Kim Iskyan,* founder of Truewealth Publishing, an independent Asia-focused financial website, and editor of Truewealth Asian Investment Daily, a daily e-letter. Investing can be intimidating, especially when you don’t have much experience. Some people rely on private bankers or stock brokers – who don’t always have their customers’ best interests in mind. Some people… Continue Reading

Asia Frontier Capital Newsletter – December 2015

AFC Asia Frontier Fund (AAFF) USD A-shares gained +3.0% in December 2015. This month the fund outperformed the MSCI Frontier Markets Asia Index (+1.5%), the MSCI Frontier Markets Index (-0.3%), and the MSCI World Index (-1.9%). AFC Asia Frontier Fund A-shares ended the year with a performance of +0.8% versus the MSCI Frontier Asia Index… Continue Reading

Carrefour, Kaufland enmeshed in Poland bribery scandal – newspaper

By Andrei Skvarsky. France’s Carrefour and Germany’s Kaufland are among retailers that have found themselves entangled in a corruption scandal in Poland as executives were accused of accepting massive bribes from beverage producers for putting some of their drinks on supermarket shelves, according to a Polish daily. Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: Banker and ex-financial markets regulator Oleg Vyugin says Russian economy unlikely to start recovering in 2016

Oleg Vyugin is chairman of Russia’s MDM Bank and an adviser to Morgan Stanley. Formerly he held various senior positions in Russian financial authorities such as deputy finance minister, first deputy chairman of the central bank, and head of the now-abolished Federal Financial Markets Service. He discusses the state of the Russian economy and effects… Continue Reading

Asia Frontier Capital Newsletter – November 2015

“Knowledge is Power” – Francis Bacon AFC Asia Frontier Fund (AAFF) USD A-shares declined -3.4% in November 2015. This month the fund outperformed the MSCI Frontier Markets Asia Index (-7.2%) and the MSCI Frontier Markets Index (-4.6%) but underperformed the MSCI World Index (-0.7%). The year to date performance of the AFC Asia Frontier Fund… Continue Reading

Moscow Exchange reports major y-o-y trading volume increases

By Andrei Skvarsky. Trading volumes on Moscow Exchange grew significantly in terms of rubles between November 2014 and November 2015, with the bourse’s money market posting the lowest increase of nearly one fifth and its precious metals trade more than quadrupling, the exchange has said. Continue Reading