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Channel Islands Exchange Attracting New Listings

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
03 November, 2016

Steps taken by the Channel Islands Stock Exchange to enhance and diversify its offerings contributed to a 13 percent increase in new business during the first half of the year.

The Exchange is now home to more than 2,000 listed securities with a total value of more than GBP400bn (USD496bn).

Listings by investment vehicles have increased following updates to the listing rules to encompass all types of investment vehicles, including not just for open- and closed-ended funds but also investment companies and REITs. Listings of UK REITs are also up, with the Exchange now home to 13 of the UK's 52 REITs.

High yield bonds listings have become increasingly popular as issuers react to the onerous nature of the European Union's Market Abuse Regulation in contrast to the Exchange's rules for these vehicles.

A growing number of trading companies are also seeking a listing, and the Exchange is currently reviewing its listing rules to ensure they are appropriate for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

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