Catch growth in emerging markets by going for private assets, says adviser

Index-linked investing in emerging and frontier markets doesn't really benefit from growth actually taking place in these countries, says independent investment adviser Ari-Pekka Hildén. Private markets, he says, offer optimal investment opportunities.

Ari-Pekka Hildén, the former head of equities at Finland's pension giants Varma and Keva, today advises several investment companies on emerging and frontier market investments. | Photo: PR

Following the financial crisis in 2008, the investment universe focusing on emerging and frontier markets has turned excessively index-oriented, says investment adviser Ari-Pekka Hildén, who has some 30 years of experience of investing in the world's developing economies.

This focus on indexing impedes truly taking part in the structural growth of these markets, argues the former head of equities at Finnish pension giants Keva and Varma, who now advises several investment companies including Qbera Capital, Asia Frontier Capital and Silk Invest.

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