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South Africa poses investment opportunity, says Barclays Stockbrokers

25 June 2010 / by Lois Avery

Investment opportunities in South Africa are being promoted by Barclay’s Stockbrokers as the World Cup draws attention to the country.

Barclay’s say believes that South Africa holds a wealth of opportunity for investments that may have been overlooked before.

Investors wanting direct investment exposure to the South African economy can benefit from funds that track the MSCI South Africa index.  Another option is to invest in UK companies with business interests in South Africa, such as Anglo American, Diamond Corp and Xstrata.

Alternatively, investors could consider a fund that has a focus on emerging markets, including South Africa. 

Barbara-Ann King, Head of Investments at Barclays Stockbrokers, comments: "The transformation of South Africa over the last 20 years has been incredible and many see their hosting of this year's tournament as a fitting recognition of this progress. 

“However, it is worth noting that the economic benefits of being the host country are a matter of some debate; while optimists see the event as a catalyst for further economic growth and prosperity, sceptics believe the wider economic impact is limited and will not influence the more fundamental issues the country faces.

"In the world of investments, just like football, there is often background noise - short-term market movements, rumours and conjecture are all difficult to ignore, but it is important to remain focused.  If the fundamental reasons for making an investment remain solid, and investors find the case for South Africa compelling, then the noise should be ignored.”

And while the World Cup continues for England in the Rainbow Nation Barclay’s clients can take part in online trading commission at just £4.42, compared to standard rates of between £6.95 and £12.95.

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