Bahrain Financial Services

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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...

 

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...

 

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 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,...

 

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...

 

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...

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