Bahrain Financial Services Articles & Analysis

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The ability of Bahrain’s government to maintain its infrastructure development programme and a GDP per capita of nearly $50,000, according to KPMG, should combine to generate ample opportunities for the kingdom’s banks to grow their assets. However, potential sector expansion is limited by the fact that the domestic market, characterised by a...

 

Generating liquidity growth is a concern for the management and regulators of exchanges across the region. As markets from Kuwait to Muscat battle for investment flows, the long-term future of the Bahrain Bourse (BHB) depends upon its ability to attract fresh capital to its increasing array of investment instruments. Most of its major...

 

With the government deficit currently around 15% of GDP, how do you see Bahrain’s fiscal situation evolving over the next few years?

Chapter | Islamic Financial Services from The Report: Bahrain 2017

Bahrain’s sharia-compliant financial institutions enter 2017 after weathering the tumultuous economic environment and changing regulatory landscape of the previous year. Despite the challenges, the kingdom’s Islamic banks continue to expand in the domestic market and beyond, while activity in the newly reinforced sharia-compliant insurance sector is well positioned to continue along a...

Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Bahrain 2017

The region’s exchanges have operated in adverse economic conditions since the decline of oil prices began in the second half of 2014, and the Bahrain Bourse is no exception. However, the apparent stabilisation of global oil prices in 2016 has brought a similar firming of the main index and, after a year of shrinking stock prices, some increasingly attractive valuations. The larger story of...

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Bahrain 2017

Bahrain’s banking sector has managed two years of a challenging low oil-price environment without seeing significant deterioration in its financial stability indicators. Conventional lenders and Islamic financiers operating within the kingdom’s famously robust regulatory framework have also managed to maintain profitability throughout this period thanks to efficiency drives and continued...