EMEA round-up: Equity trends in 2006
Investors should find it easier to get information about Africa’s blue-chip companies after the launch late in 2005 of a new African index, Ai ABC Index.
“Leading African economies are expected to grow at 5% to 8% a year, thus emphasizing the potential for African stock markets,” says Sunil Benimadhu, chief executive of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius, who was a guest speaker at the London launch of the index at the end of November. The SEM’s market capitalization has increased from $93 million in 1989 to $2.5 billion in 2005.
“Too little attention is paid to African stocks,” says Tony Coleman, associate director at the African Investment Advisory, a project advisory firm that has worked with content provider Emerging Africa and risk management company Nex-Rubica to create the index. “A good way to remedy this is to give the world’s financial centres a tool to measure African equity performance and volatility so that emerging market fund managers can compare them with other emerging markets.”
Will the 2005 trend for Russian companies to list in London transform into a rush to list in Moscow in 2006?
That’s certainly what Oleg Vyugin, the head of the country’s regulator, the FFMS, hopes.