Bahrain Financial Services

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Despite a challenging investment environment, Bahrain’s exchange showed a relatively strong performance in 2017, with index gains in most sectors. Macroeconomic challenges remain in 2018, but new investment instruments and some significant changes to the exchange’s infrastructure are helping it to maintain its status as one of the most...


Reduced oil prices and fiscal austerity measures being carried out by governments across the GCC have resulted in a challenging environment for Bahrain’s sharia-compliant financial institutions. The competitive domestic market – home to the largest concentration of Islamic financial institutions in the Middle East – has reacted to adverse...


The Bahrain Bourse (BHB) was established in 1987 and commenced operations in 1989, with only two stocks trading. By February 2018 the bourse had grown to comprise 43 common stocks, government bonds and mutual funds, and a real estate investment trust (REIT). The market is serviced by 12 brokers, of which three are individuals. SICO is the...


The landscape for fixed income has evolved significantly over the last few years and never has the argument for Bahraini bonds as a natural diversifier been stronger than in the last 12 months of 2017.


While bankers might decry the slowdown in growth resulting from curtailed government spending and investor uncertainty, economists – who generally take a longer-term view – often see a silver lining in a sustained drop in the price of a barrel of oil.


How will the fixed-income segment evolve in an era of lower oil prices and tighter budgets?

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