Deep Dive: Investment chief who manages $19 billion sees big gains on the ‘frontier’

Investors’ interest in emerging markets stocks is back. They may want to travel a bit farther to so-called frontier markets for even better returns, said Sandra Ackermann-Schaufler, portfolio manager for international and emerging markets for SEI Investments.

Frontier markets — those that haven’t yet achieved designation as emerging markets by MSCI Inc. — may grow even faster, she said.

First, here’s how the MSCI Emerging Markets Index 891800, +0.00% has performed over the past five years:


The five-year return of 53% isn’t impressive when compared with the 102% return for the S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.13% over the same period.

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