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Restricted Market Trading Comments

 

By Dara O’Sullivan, Derrick Leonard, and Ilan Solot

Covid-19 related measures for restricted markets remain largely unchanged from last week. Sri Lanka and India have extended their lockdown periods, while Kenya and Nigeria continue to face limited liquidity. Please see trading comments below

 

Sri Lanka: The government announced on May 1 that the current lockdown will remain in place until May 11, when it will be reviewed. The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) remains closed. Foreign exchange trading is still permitted between the hours of 8:30am and 1.15pm.

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Philippines: The market continues to operate under reduced hours from 9:00 to 14:00 until May 15. The cut off for FX activity is set at 2:00 pm. Restricted Market Trading Comments
India: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced on April 30 an extension of the current lockdown scenario until further notice. All markets will be open from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For any clients actively trading this market, please continue to observe the current reduced temporary trading hours. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Vietnam: The government relaxed social distancing measures on April 23, but it kept some restrictions in place for high risk areas including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. The FX market had been experiencing limited foreign currency liquidity. However, local banks advised there has been a noticeable improvement in liquidity and they are no longer seeing delays in repatriations. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Nigeria: Liquidity issues continue in the Nigerian market. The CBN remains the single largest provider of USD to Foreign Portfolio Investors and as a result, investors are only seeing rare allocations of liquidity. As a result, only a few repatriation requests are being executed. We continue to monitor the liquidity situation and will provide updates as they are received. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Kenya: The market has been experiencing limited USD liquidity and delays in repatriations. The FX market reduced its trading hours on March 30 and now operates from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm until further notice. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Mauritius: Local banks continue to experience liquidity issues. The Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) reopened on April 6 following a period of closure and the banks continue to support trading, settlement, cash clearing and FX activities. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Indonesia: Bank Indonesia reduced FX and bond market trading hours from until further notice. Where previously the market was open for trading from 8:00am until 4:00pm the revised hours are now 9:00am until 3:00pm. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Pakistan: Effective April 16, the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE) announced the amended trading hours currently in operation are to remain in place. From Monday to Thursday trading hours have been reduced to 10:00am to 4:00pm. On Fridays, they continue to operate a single trading session only on Fridays from 10:00am to 1:00pm. During this time banks will facilitate support for trading, settlement and cash clearing for FX and government debt. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Ghana: The FX market continues to experience limited foreign currency liquidity. Local banks warned about possible delays in repatriations. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Morocco: The Casablanca Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Bank al Maghrib (BAM) shortened their FX and securities deadlines to 2:00 pm until further notice. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Bangladesh: On April 23, the government announced market lockdown will continue until May 7. While there is no trading and settlement allowed, banks will operate on reduced hours from 10:00am to 2:00pm to facilitate cash clearing and FX activity. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Chile: The Chilean interbank FX market reduced its operating hours. The FX market will close at 1:00 pm until further notice. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Egypt: On April 8, 2020, the government extended the nationwide curfew until further notice. While cash and securities deadlines have been reduced so far there has been no impact to our FX executions. Restricted Market Trading Comments
Serbia: Effective March 24, the Republic of Serbia has been in a State of Emergency. Banks are working on reduced operating hours and now close at 3:00pm. Restricted Market Trading Comments
GULF COUNTRIES

Saudi Arabia: A nationwide curfew remains in place in Saudi Arabia daily from 3:00 pm until 6:00 am. Trading hours had been reduced, and with the holy month of Ramadan the market is now closing at 1:00 pm.

Kuwait: Effective April 7, the Council of Ministers extended their previously declared market holiday further to May 28. This has resulted in local FX markets closing at 12.30pm instead of 1.30pm.

Oman: Effective March 29, the Muskat Securities Market (MSM) reduced trading hours in response to Covid-19. The market will now close at 1:00pm.

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About Win Thin
Win Thin
Win Thin is a senior currency strategist with over fifteen years of investment experience. He has a broad international background with a special interest in developing markets. Prior to joining BBH in June 2007, he founded Mandalay Advisors, an independent research firm that provided sovereign emerging market analysis to institutional investors. He received an MA from Georgetown University in 1985 and a B.A. from Brandeis University 1983. Feel free to contact the Zurich office of BBH
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