BFX delays launch of conventional trading
Manama, May 17, 2011
Bahrain Financial Exchange (BFX), which started operations this year, has delayed the launch of its conventional trading platform and is relocating some of its staff to other parts of the group, its chief executive said.
BFX, owned by India's Financial Technologies Ltd, was launched in February this year as a multi-asset exchange aiming to offer trading in both conventional and Islamic products in equities, derivatives, commodities and currencies.
Arshad Khan, the exchange's chief executive, told Reuters the bourse plans to start trading for conventional products, including derivatives, after the slow summer period in the Gulf region when business activity remains subdued.
'On the conventional side, we have postponed the launch. We will wait for business conditions to improve,' Khan said. It is currently trading Islamic products, the CEO said.
The bourse is relocating around 10 employees to other parts of the group due to the delay in launch of conventional platform, the executive added. BFX currently employees around 35 people.
Its parent Financial Technologies runs a network of 10 exchanges in Africa, Middle East, India and South East Asia.
BFX launched its Islamic platform on February 7 and was planning to begin trading of conventional assets a month later, but had to scale back on the plans as violence erupted in the kingdom.
It aimed to compete with the Bahrain Stock Exchange and other bourses in the region such as Nasdaq Dubai and create a pan Arab exchange to trade in stocks, derivatives and other Islamic products.
BFX had planned to begin operations in the first quarter of 2010 but delayed its launch last year citing sluggish market sentiment. - Reuters