Bahrain Financial Services Articles & Analysis

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In light of its history as a regional financial hub, and the presence in the country of several major international Islamic financial institutions and support bodies, Bahrain has a well-developed, sharia-compliant financial services sector. The Islamic banking and takaful (Islamic insurance) segments have been posting healthy growth in...

 

Islamic financial institutions are increasingly interested in utilising financial technologies (fintech), with a survey published in May 2018 by the Bahrain-based General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions showing that over 70% of managers in the sector regard fintech and digital transformation as highly important factors in...

 

Bahrain is home to four international Islamic finance governing bodies, including the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions ( AAOIFI). The kingdom is pushing for greater international standardisation in the sector, which is taking place as more and more countries adhere to AAOIFI guidelines; these in turn are...

 

Which efforts has BHB undertaken in order to widen retail investor participation?

 

Despite macroeconomic challenges facing Bahrain, the kingdom’s stock market has performed reasonably well over the past two years. Although listings activity has been weak recently, developments such as the introduction of a real estate investment trust (REIT) in 2017 and the initial public offering (IPO) of a local logistics operator in 2018...

 

Growth in the banking sector has maintained an upward trajectory in recent years, with banking assets growing and investors taking note of the favourable and robust regulatory environment. This, combined with the sector’s profitability, high penetration rates and investment in financial technology (fintech), has strengthened Bahrain’s position...