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    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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The kingdom of Bahrain launched another round of conventional bond and sukuk (Islamic bond) issuances last month, as the government looks to bridge projected fiscal deficits for both this year and next.

 

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has outperformed its regional peers in liquidity and initial public offering (IPO) growth in recent years, rising to become the best-performing stock market in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016. The bond market has also been a standout performer, despite concerns over rising numbers of short-term bond...

 

The local authorities are moving to liberalise restrictions on foreign investment in structured notes, permitting investors to buy Thai equity-linked notes that are linked to individual foreign companies, as well as foreign currencies. The changes should also help Thailand compete with the region’s primary private banking hubs Singapore and...

 

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) missed its targets for initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2016 after two deals were delayed due to a change in accounting standards under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) financial reporting requirements. Despite the temporary contraction, IPO growth is set to accelerate in 2017, with IPO...

 

How can low growth rates in life insurance premiums be reversed in the short term?

 

How is monetary policy being employed to maintain economic stability in the country?