Investors can expect eventful 2013

January 01, 2013 - 1:13:17 am


DOHA: The year 2012 wasn’t quite good for the Qatari bourse, but investors can look forward to an eventful 2013 as a slew of new products and an entirely new market (ventures) are lined up for a possible launch.

The bourse is awaiting regulatory framework for margin trading and once it is in place—hopefully by January-end or early February—investors would have this new key product. Regulations for the exchange traded funds (ETFs) are ready and awaiting approval from the bourse regulators. It is understood that once the necessary approvals are had, the ETFs might be introduced for trading within the first half of this year.

The Qatar Exchange (QE) administration, it is understood, is in talks with a number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) trying to rope in some five to ten of them for listing on a separate, ventures market. Regulatory approvals for what would be a parallel market are yet to be had. The Peninsula