EFG-Hermes launches Abwab product
Dubai, September 25, 2008
EFG-Hermes Securities Brokerage said it is offering its foreign institutional investors access to the largest market in the Middle East & North Africa (Mena) region, Saudi Arabia, through its recently launched Abwab product.
In line with the change in regulation from the Capital Market Authority (CMA), the Arab world's leading investment bank has been granted permission to provide non-resident foreign investors with the ability to purchase Saudi Arabian equities through trade swap arrangements.
Matthew Wakeman, managing director at EFG-Hermes, said: 'Saudi Arabia is the second most liquid emerging market worldwide and the positive steps being made towards its liberalisation not only present investors with exciting opportunities, but also provide the Saudi market with increased liquidity and a potential reduction in volatility.
'The Tadawul accounts for over 25 per cent of Mena Market Capitalisation and over 40 per cent of all Mena traded value. It has a market capitalisation of $390 billion and average daily traded value of $2.5 billion. Abwab allows us to present our clients with the ability to access these vast opportunities.' - TradeArabia News Service