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DFM plans to introduce three new equity futures contracts

muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com Filed on September 12, 2021
Latest DFM initiative will bring total number of contracts to 33 on individual stocks of 11 listed companies with tenures of 1, 2 and 3 months. — File photo

New contracts will include stocks of Dubai Investments, DFM Company and Shuaa Capital

The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) on Sunday announced that it will launch three new equity future contracts next week as part of its efforts to diversify investment opportunities.

In a statement, the region's only listed bourse said the new equity future contracts on individual stocks of three leading listed companies will be including Dubai Investments, DFM Company and Shuaa Capital on September 19, 2021.

The move will bring total number of contracts to 33 on individual stocks of 11 listed companies with tenures of 1, 2 and 3 months, the statement said.

Hassan Al Serkal, chief executive of the DFM, said the rapid expansion of the DFM equity futures market underlines “our commitment" to diversify opportunities.

“It also caters to investors’ growing demand on this product, as they are seeking to diversify and hedge their portfolios as well as to access leverage in order to maximise their transactions and returns,” he said.

Since its launch on October 18, 2020, the DFM equity futures market has been witnessing active participation from investors and brokers alike. Total value of trading on contracts reached to Dh119 million through 336,000 traded contracts.

Wael Makarem, senior analyst at Exness, said that limited financial products in the Arabian bourses was always a downside factor to expansion and growth. Finally, stock exchanges are meeting clients demand.

"Such steps will provide investors with the opportunity to diversify or hedge their portfolios or even take on larger risks when favoured. What’s more, expanding the offering will likely attract more foreign investors that are seeking to invest in the promising Mena region and increase liquidity as volumes rise," he said.

Investors can trade DFM equity futures through 8 brokerage firms including BHM Capital Financial Services, Al Ramz Capital, International Securities, EFG Hermes (UAE), Mena Corp Financial Services, SICO Financial Brokerage, Al Dar Shares and Bonds and Arqaam Securities.

— muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com

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Muzaffar Rizvi

Business Editor/News Editor of Khaleej Times is a well-connected journalist and an economic and financial commentator. He has been in the mainstream journalism since 1997, covering the UAE's economy and key sectors. He holds a post-graduate degree in Economics and has won many awards for authentic and insightful reports on global and regional businesses and economic trends.





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