Bahrain Financial Services Articles & Analysis

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Articles & Analysis | Bonds from The Report: Bahrain 2016

 

The kingdom of Bahrain (rated “BBB-”) has developed into a seasoned and popular issuer, tapping local and international capital markets in 2015 for a record amount of debt. Bahrain raised 800m in Bahraini dinars and 1.5bn in US dollars, as the kingdom sought to strengthen its economy and finance its growing deficit, which is estimated to reach...

 

The new era of lower oil prices is having considerable repercussions on the GCC’s capital markets. Both equity and debt capital markets are undergoing challenging times affected by a changing macroeconomic environment and the increasing risk averseness of market participants. In the equities space, corporate earnings have already started...

 

While Bahrain continues to raise the profile of its bourse through cooperation with regional and global markets, it is also making strenuous efforts to heighten awareness of the advantages of investment among the local population. To do so, it has taken a multi-faceted approach.

 

Like other bourses in the region, the Bahrain exchange faced strong economic headwinds in 2015 as a result of falling oil prices and the unrest in the wider Middle East. Nevertheless, a process of market development continues in the form of technical upgrades, legislative improvements and a steady stream of new investment instruments. As...

Articles & Analysis | Islamic finance from The Report: Bahrain 2016

 

In addition to conventional instruments, the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has introduced various Islamic products to support sharia-compliant banking. The kingdom has a high penetration of Islamic financial institutions, comprising six sharia-compliant retail banks and 18 wholesale banks, along with seven takaful (Islamic insurance)...

 

A push to bring new products and services to the stock market is being steered by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB), which regulates the country’s financial services industry. The launch comes against a backdrop of reforms, which marks part of a broader, two-pronged bid to strengthen the position of the Bahrain Bourse (BHB) at home and boost...