Bahrain Financial Services Articles & Analysis

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The Bahrain Bourse (BHB) has seen a slowdown in initial public offerings (IPOs) and equity listings over the past decade. However, in 2017 the kingdom launched its first real estate investment trust (REIT), which was followed by the successful completion of an IPO in late 2018. As of early 2019 discussions for a second REIT were under way,...

 

The Bahrain Bourse is home to two debt boards, one for longer-term government and corporate bonds and sukuk (Islamic bonds), and another for short-term Treasury bills issued by the government. There are 15 debt instruments listed on the bond and sukuk market, comprising 10 conventional bonds and five sukuk. Four listings took place in...

 

The period of easily raising funds from abroad seems to be coming to an end for emerging markets around the world. Amid rising interest rates in the US and increased competition for capital flows, portfolio managers are becoming more selective with where they invest. One way for developing nations to ensure that their financial markets can...

 

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...

 

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

 

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...