After a decade of gains in emerging markets—Morningstar’s category of diversified emerging markets funds had annualized returns over 11% for the 10 years through August—financial planners may be eyeing the Next Big Thing: frontier markets, which have yet to develop into the “emerging” class.

Such countries can have relatively high economic growth, appealing demographics (many young people), an expanding middle class to support local companies, and perhaps natural resources that might profit from increasing worldwide demand.

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