Dubai stock exchange targets short-selling by year end

Dubai’s stock market intends to present regulated short-selling this year and property financial investment trusts (Reits) next year, as part of a 2021 method focused on diversifying possession classes to raise the bourse to established market status, a bourse authorities stated Sunday.

The Dubai Financial Market revealed in January prepares to present covered short-selling – the practice of offering obtained shares in the hope of purchasing them back later on at a lower rate – in a couple of months, following in the foot-steps of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, which likewise has exposed strategies to start short-selling services slowly.

” We are changing the guidelines and touch with (market regulator) the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), and as soon as we are all set with the system we will start,” stated Hassan Al Serkal, executive vice-president of the DFM.

” We are talking with the [regulator], which wish to have the services (presented) in both markets (DFM and ADX).”.

Brief selling, while prohibited throughout the Arabian Gulf (with the exception of Kuwait), has been practiced by organizations throughout the area through naked short-selling. Naked brief selling, which has been blamed for local stock exchange routs, is the practice of shorting the marketplace without obtaining the security, or making certain it can be obtained.

SCA presented guidelines making it possible for brief selling in 2012 for certified market makers, with other organizations needing consent from the regulator and the pertinent exchange.

A market maker is a broker and dealership that stabilizes supply and need for shares by matching purchasers and sellers. It likewise stands all set to purchase or offer shares when there are no public buy or offer orders, hence developing a market.

Covered short-selling or controlled brief selling will be presented in stages and the bourse is still straightening out the information, stated Mr Al Serkal.

” Maybe we will start with institutional financiers initially,” he stated.

” We might pick specific business. Possibly business that have more trading might draw in more interest kind foreign institutional financiers.”.

Brief selling is being presented to assist raise liquidity and to bring in more foreign financiers, who have requested this service, he included.

The DFM is dealing with a variety of efforts to improve liquidity in the market, which has suffered because of local instability, anaemic financier self-confidence and absence of brand-new entrants to the bourse.

The stock exchange presented in 2014 protected loaning and loaning, a system where traders obtain shares they do not own or provide stocks they own, as a precursor to short-selling.

” We at the DFM are dealing with specific property classes like derivatives, Reits, and these things in order to prepare the facilities, policies and guidelines so that when the marketplace is all set we present them,” stated Mr Al Serkal.

To attain its goal, the bourse prepares to present the listing of Reits to the marketplace by next year. The DFM’s sibling market Nasdaq Dubai has currently 2 noted Reits, from ENBD and Emirates Reit.

“There is a capacity for Reits,” he stated. “There are cravings and we have held talks with them (business that prepare to drift Reits.)”.

As part of strategies of energising liquidity in the market, the DFM just recently approved licenses to Dubai-based financial investment bank Shuaa Capital and brokerage company Al Ramz Capital to be market makers.

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