Invest in two billion new bank accounts

How new technologies are accelerating financial access in emerging markets and opening up a world of investment opportunities

Andrew Willis 3 May, 2019 | 2:00PM
Note: This article is part of Morningstar Canada's Emerging Markets Week Special Report

The expansion of mobile networks, evolution of digital payments, and improvements in access to credit information are enabling exponential growth in financial activity in emerging markets.

Technology has changed a lot in the world of microfinance, says Gerardo Zamorano, director and member of the emerging markets investment committee at Brandes Investment Partners. Brandes currently has Canada’s only gold-rated mutual fund, Brandes Emerging Market Value Fund.

A type of 'leapfrog effect', microfinance in the information age is ‘banking’ the ‘unbanked’ at great speed through digital systems and solutions, skipping the time and capital required for a bricks-and-mortar approach.

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