- Title: Colombia stock market seeks to boost trading by listing new funds
- Date: 7th August 2017
- Summary: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (RECENT - AUGUST 3, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE PRESIDENT JUAN PABLO CORDOBA, SAYING: "Huge, in terms of market issuance we could be talking about up to 3 to 5 billion pesos in the next three years, about $1 or $2 billion of new resources needed for these funds, in the next two or three years. We are talking about significant funds and with the potential to be much greater." CORDOBA DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE PRESIDENT JUAN PABLO CORDOBA, SAYING: "The world has a lot of liquidity and nowhere to invest it, so if Colombia does it well or better than its neighbours, we will have a good opportunity."
- Embargoed: 21st August 2017 16:42
- Keywords: Colombia billions of dollars stock market new assets real estate investment funds trading
- Location: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- City: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- Country: Colombia
- Topics: Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA0046T5RXOJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Colombia hopes to attract billions of dollars to its stock market by listing new assets like real estate investment funds to propel trading now limited to a few dozen companies, the head of the bourse said.
Colombian Securities Exchange President Juan Pablo Cordoba, interviewed for the Reuters Latin American Investment Summit, said there should be at least double the 69 companies trading on the exchange and called for modifying tax regulations to make the bourse more competitive.
The local stock market trades an average of $50 million a day in shares, a figure that pales against the $1.2 billion daily volume in domestic public fixed income instruments and $1 billion in the foreign exchange market.
Cordoba said the new real estate investment funds would be aimed at raising money in the market for the construction or acquisition of shopping centres, office buildings and other structures.
The funds, which already operate in the United States and Mexico, could be available throughout the Pacific Alliance nations of Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru, Cordoba said.
The stock exchanges of the four countries also have integrated securities' trading through the Latin American Integrated Market (MILA). Such investment vehicles could help attract foreign capital as an alternative to the more traditional stock market, which has struggled to attract interest from companies, even with a 10 percent increase in share prices so far this year.
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