Of the 80 things that will dominate the nation’s consciousness in 2008, foreign investments and development in Africa top the list, according to predictions by JWT advertising. And if that’s the case, then interest in frontier emerging markets funds could continue to build, in spite of recent analysis that emerging markets funds might soon run their course.

Other financially oriented themes for the coming year include continued foreign government investment in U.S. companies (#25), humbling of hedge fund managers who were overexposed to subprime loans (#34), outsourcing to the Ukraine and other Eastern European countries (#50), social network service brand communities (#65) and the weak dollar and strong euro (#79).

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