Bahrain is host to a thriving mutual funds industry. The first overseas mutual funds started being marketed in Bahrain during the 1980s, and the first Bahrain domiciled scheme was launched in 1984.
The first Collective Investments Schemes rules were issued by the CBB in 1992 and were subsequently revamped in June 2007, when the CIU Module within CBB Rulebook Volume 6 was issued. The rules were further revamped and issued in a separate Volume of CBB Rulebook (Volume 7). The new Volume provides rules and regulations pertaining to the authorization/notification and supervision of mutual funds domiciled and/or offered for marketing in Bahrain.
As at the end of March 2022, the number of mutual funds stood at 1670 funds, of which 73 funds were Bahrain domiciled, compared to 1730 funds as of March 2021. The number of Sharia compliant funds stood at 91 as March 2022.
The net asset value (NAV) of those funds totaled US$ 10.644 billion as of the end of December 2021, reflecting a 31.5% increase compared to US$ 8.093 billion the previous year. Of the total NAV, US$ 5.979 billion is invested in locally incorporated funds, and US$ 1.098 billion in Sharia compliant funds.