At the end of October, we gathered in Cape Town for the Gala dinner and celebration of the inaugural Awards for Africa Service Providers.
The event attracted a host of industry professionals and was honoring the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of fund service providers covering Africa. Ourfinalists and winners included such respected names as Standard Bank, SS&C Advent, BNY Mellon, RisCura, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Bowmans, Maitland, FBN Quest, FactSet, Prescient Fund Services, Cim Global Business, Trident Fund Services, Morningstar, Exotix Partners, UBS, Eagle Investment Systems, STR Global, Global Credit Ratings, Magna Carta and more. Find out who scooped the trophies on.
This month, our analysis focus is beta investing. Zack Bezuidenhoudt of S&P discusses smart beta in South Africa and Nigeria and outlines various approaches to smart beta that can be considered for Africa. He says that it is definitely possible to construct African smart beta indices, but one must be cautious on how one develops those.
Another feature covers responsible investing in frontier markets. Sven Richter of Drakens Capital argues that there are no minimum standards that all decent companies can and should conform to. He adds that there certainly are minimum standards but some markets are more evolved and further down the ESG path then others.
Finally, Joyce Mbui & Alex Njage of Bowmans discuss Kenyan real estate market and introduction of REITs (real estate investment trusts).
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