On a Saturday Morning in Late September 2015, Desiree Mofakye Sat

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Desiree Mofakye

On a Saturday morning in late September 2015, Desiree Mofakye sat over her breakfast, which was rapidly turning cold, and reflected on the performance of her personal investment portfolio over the past seven years. She recalled that, after the financial crisis in 2008, she had been advised to avoid U.S. stocks and to put her savings in the emerging economies of GHANA and SA. At the time, she had chosen to allocate her funds to two exchange traded funds (ETF) invested in the equity markets of GHANA and SA, namely ALUWORKS and AGA, in the ratio of 60 per cent and 40 per cent respectively. ALUWORKS was an ETF invested in the public equity markets of SA. The ETF invested in the stocks of large-cap companies operating across diversified sectors. AGA was an ETF that invested in the public equity markets of GHANA. The ETF invested in the stocks of large-cap and mid-cap companies operating across diversified sectors, and tracked the performance of the Ghana Stock Exchange All Share Index (GSI). Although Desiree Mofakye had been satisfied with her portfolio performance over the past seven years, the high growth in these two emerging markets had fizzled out lately. However, the advice she had gathered from analysts’ reports implied that she should stay invested in these markets, albeit with more attention to the volatile swings.