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UAE firm becomes market-maker on Nasdaq
February 23, 2017
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Dubai: Al Ramz Capital, one of the most active brokerages in the UAE, has become a market-maker on Nasdaq Dubai for equities and equity futures, in the latest expansion of the trading infrastructure of the region’s international financial exchange.

Al Ramz Capital became a Member of Nasdaq Dubai to trade equities in 2008 and has been one of the leading trading Members on the exchange’s equity futures market since it opened on September 1, 2016.

Mohammad Al Mortada Al Dandashi, Managing Director of Al Ramz Capital, said: “Al Ramz is honoured to partner with Nasdaq Dubai in pioneering advanced financial instruments. We strongly believe that such initiatives represent a major milestone towards evolving into a developed market. On one hand, market making is deemed by all means an essential function for capital markets to become efficient, more active, and more compatible with institutional requirements. On the other hand, derivatives pave the way for different investment strategies to be efficiently implemented and other products to be introduced. We at Al Ramz believe that such initiatives from Nasdaq Dubai are highly commendable, and we look forward to taking the lead in further developments.”

Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai, said: “Al Ramz Capital has brought impressive financial expertise and experience to the UAE’s capital markets for many years and its market-making activity on Nasdaq Dubai will benefit all participants, by facilitating further trading activity. Opportunities for market-making will increase as the exchange adds more securities, including further equity listings as well as equity indices and equity options.”

As one of the market-makers on Nasdaq Dubai, Al Ramz Capital will simultaneously provide buy and sell prices in selected equities and equity futures contracts, which supports liquidity in the markets and investor interest. In equities, it is focusing on DP World initially. It is the third market maker to join the exchange’s futures market, with its activities focusing initially on DP World and Etisalat futures. It will add further securities in the near future.

Galen Moore, Head of Market Making and Liquidity at Al Ramz Capital spoke about this achievement: “We are very pleased to add the Nasdaq Dubai Market Making Licence to our business. Not only will we have the ability to serve our clients who require greater liquidity and transparency in the trading of their underlying shares but will increase the scope of our business to include futures and options. This shows that Al Ramz is committed to being at the forefront of the growth and development of the capital markets in the UAE and this licence demonstrates the maturity of this market.”

Al Ramz Capital, a subsidiary of Al Ramz Corporation Investment & Development, provides securities trading brokerage services to institutional and individual clients. The firm offers an e-trading platform; Islamic financial services; a margin-trading platform; and a state of the art trading platform “Borsat” that provides services such as advanced charting, technical analysis, market depth information, and real-time prices. The company also provides support and assistance for the client’s financial operations; as well as institutional and individual desk and research and advisory services.

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