• Financial Services

    OBG’s banking, insurance and investment coverage looks at revenue and profit trends, market share changes, foreign entry and regulatory developments while our capital markets sector analyses provide information on the stock and bond markets, IPO activity and regulatory changes.
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Regulators are aiming to use higher capital requirements as a means of encouraging consolidation in the Ghanaian banking sector, in a bid to repeat the success of neighbouring Nigeria. In 2004 the Central Bank of Nigeria’s then newly appointed governor, Charles Soludo, faced a weak and thinly spread financial sector that failed to meet the...

 

The proliferation of insurance companies in Ghana in recent years is indicative of the growth potential of the industry, but has also hindered its maturation. As with many financial sectors in Africa’s frontier markets, fragmentation has limited growth. Larger, heavily capitalised companies are needed to take on the scale of risk inherent in...

 

Since the enactment of the 2006 Insurance Act, which promoted the development of local content requirements, the Ghanaian insurance industry has experienced a decade of rapid growth, and the proliferation of private companies and brokers.

 

After a cyclical lapse lasting two years, Ghanaian capital markets showed promising signs of a steady recovery during the course of 2017. The first year of the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo has seen an improvement in key macroeconomic indicators and a return to strong growth, which along with the steady issuance of new government...

 

After a smooth transition of power, the new government, in an effort to reduce income shocks that could affect future financing costs, restructured its debt profile by introducing 15-year domestic bonds to the market. A total of GHS207bn ($50bn) in securities were issued by the government of Ghana, the Ghana Cocoa Board, the Bank of Ghana and...

 

The Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) ended September 2017 with the market index at 2326.09, representing a year-to-date (YTD) change of 37.71%, compared to -11.03% in the same period of 2016. The GSE Financial Stocks Index, which tracks the performance of financial stocks, settled at 2043.5, representing a YTD change of 32.23%, as compared to -12.82...