Smart Money: oddball investments

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 August, 2012, 6:14am

Sites for unusual investment ideas

Professional money managers search the world for oddball assets and unusual investments. You can do the same thing, but you need unconventional sources to find ideas. Bogleheads is a wide-open forum for the discussion of investing and personal finance. Moderators block other topics including politics and economic policy.

Extreme investors look at anything regardless of the reputation. If past headlines of violence in Rwanda or mayhem in Nigeria don't scare you, this online guide to sub-Saharan stock exchanges could yield great opportunities. Started by a human rights advocate turned equity analyst and investment specialist, the site monitors Africa's banks and major stocks. It includes analyses of listed companies and controversial industries such as mining, oil and gas. Blogs and forums give commentary of on-the-ground events. The site also explains how to invest in each African stock exchange.

The site is dedicated to investing in South Africa, the most developed African country. It matches investors with unlisted businesses that are looking for funding. Entrepreneur proposals are reviewed for relevance so investors get a snapshot of opportunities that are available. It includes analysis of business sectors.