“One's destination is never a place but a new way of looking at things.”
Where's the best place in the world to put your money?
So far this decade, it's a country deemed so doomed it's listed with the ten most fragile states; a place where modern-day slavery, violence and the breakdown of law and order rank it among the three worst hellholes on the planet.1–4
Between deadly attacks by the Taliban, strikes by US drones and the secret missions to monitor Osama bin Laden, shares in Karachi soared, extending 1000% gains this century.5
It's not just Pakistan.
In the face of terror and global economic shocks, some of the biggest investment rewards are turning up in the most vulnerable of places. Assets in impoverished, radicalized or seemingly impenetrable corners of the world are often wildly discounted. Even a glimmer of hope for political stability or improvement in the economy can spark a major rally (Table 0.1).
Table 0.1 Plucky seven
|Best performing primary equity indexes this decade|
|Karachi 100 index||176%|
|Dubai Financial Market||149%|
|Philippine SE Index||145%|
|Stock Exchange of Thailand||120%|
|OMX Copenhagen 20||95%|
|Qatar Exchange Index||92%|
|Nairobi All Share||92%|
|Best performing primary equity indexes this millennium|
|Mongolia Stock Exchange Top 20 Index||3207%|