Maryam Fikri, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Head of Clearing, Settlement and Depository Division (CSD) said, “DFM’s mission and vision focus on strengthening its leading position as world-class regional marketplace that provides participants with advanced trading, clearing and settlement services within a fair and transparent business environment in line with international best practices. Accordingly, we constantly explore ways to enhance DFM website services, as the website is the main source of info for investors. We have enhanced and expanded the ownership webpage to provide real time updates of the Actual ownership every two minutes during the trading session. We have also added a new column showing the percentage of limit ‘Available’ to own or allowed to trade for all the ownership categories, providing investors with enhanced levels of transparency.”
Key features of the new Foreign Ownership limit (FOL) webpage:
- Ownership percentages for the columns of Actual and Available are updated every two minutes during trading hours. The ownership percentages are also updated every one-hour after trading hours on each business day to reflect changes not associated with trading (if any).
- New column added showing the “Available” ownership percentage to own or allowed to trade apart from the Actual ownership percentage.
- Reclassification of investors’ categories to three nationality types: ‘Nationals’, ‘GCC’ and ‘Foreign’; as such the ‘Arab’ category is now included within the ‘Foreign’
- Search by company and date for historical information.
It is noteworthy that the predecessor webpage’s info was updated once a day at 4 pm after the trading session and investor classification used to include four types; ‘National’, ‘GCC’ ‘Arab’ and ‘Foreign’. The info of the previous webpage only contained the “Actual” and Permitted” ownership. The newly added column about “Available” ownership as well as the “Actual” ownership provide investors with enhanced level of transparency.