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Nairobi, Kenya – In a significant development set to reshape the landscape of Kenya’s financial markets, the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is gearing up to launch the NSE Bond Index (NSE-BI) on October 1, 2023. This innovative index is poised to become a weekly benchmark for the bonds market, providing investors with invaluable insights and opportunities. 

The NSE-BI is not merely an isolated tool but is designed to work in tandem with the NSE Yield Curve, thereby offering a comprehensive view of the fixed-income market. The primary focus of this new index is the benchmark Government bonds listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. These bonds are considered to be among the most secure investments in the country, making them a pivotal component of the nation’s financial infrastructure.

One of the key roles envisaged for the NSE-BI is its contribution to the issuance of fixed-rate future contracts within the NSE derivatives market. This development opens up new avenues for investors seeking to manage risk and diversify their portfolios. Fixed-rate future contracts provide investors with a means of locking in interest rates, allowing them to hedge against fluctuations in the bond market.

The NSE Bond Index (NSE-BI) will be available to market participants and investors starting from October 1, 2023, marking a milestone in Kenya’s financial evolution. 

In a statement regarding this groundbreaking initiative, NSE CEO ,Mr. Geoffrey Odundo commented, “The introduction of the NSE Bond Index (NSE-BI) is a significant step forward in our mission to provide sophisticated financial instruments and tools to our investors. This index will enhance our investors’ ability to make informed decisions in the bonds market and create opportunities for them to manage their risk effectively.”

The NSE-BI is expected to attract both local and international investors seeking exposure to Kenya’s bond market, further solidifying Kenya’s position as a thriving financial hub in East Africa.

In conclusion, the NSE Bond Index (NSE-BI) is poised to usher in a new era of transparency and sophistication in Kenya’s bonds market. With its launch just around the corner on October 1, 2023, investors and market participants can look forward to enhanced opportunities for risk management and portfolio diversification. This initiative aligns with the NSE’s commitment to fostering a dynamic and robust financial ecosystem in Kenya.

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7th September, 2023
By: Delino Gayweh
Serrari Financial Analyst

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