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10/01/2009

Egypt Delivers Impressive Results, But with Risks

FROM SOCIALIST TO QUASI-LIBERAL ECONOMICS | ECONOMIC STRUCTURE | EQUITY MARKETS | HIDDEN RISKS BENEATH THE SAND

Egypt—land of pyramids, sphinxes, and pharaohs—is changing with the times. Political and economic liberalization in the 1990s and 2000s has made Egypt an exceptional frontier market that is still worth investigating as part of an asset allocation. Although equity performance has been extraordinary and the chronic currency devaluations of earlier years have largely passed, investors should be aware of the political risks stemming from Egypt’s authoritarian political structure, aging president, highly unequal wealth distribution, and fundamentalist social movements.

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