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Foreign investments in Iran debt market reach $8 billion

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Staff Writer | November 4, 2017
Foreign investors have invested about $8 billion in Iran’s debt market so far this fiscal year (started March 21), Managing Director of Iran Fara Bourse Amir Hamouni said.
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“Out of the $8 billion, 9% are invested in sukuk, 26% in Ijarah, 8% in Murabaha and over 56% in Islamic bonds,” the official said, referring to different types of Islamic debt securities in Iran.

Noting that government-issued bonds dominate the sector in Iran, Hamouni said Iran has never defaulted on its debt, adding that the over-the-counter market Iran Fara Bourse accounts for 82% of all the bonds issued in the country.

Iran has one of the most advanced Islamic markets in the region and issues a wide range of sukuk, or non-interest debt securities.

The Iranian debt market currently offers returns on investment of up to 18% after a recent cut in bond yields.

“Even though yields have dropped, the debt market still offers superior ROI compared to other countries’ bond markets,” he was quoted as saying by IRNA.

According to the head of Securities and Exchange Organization, Shapour Mohammadi, about $5 billion worth of Islamic bonds are slated to be issued in the current fiscal year (2017-18).

Iran’s Treasury sold its first batch of government bills, called Islamic Treasury Bills (a type of short-term sovereign debt), to domestic investors in September 2015.

The government redeemed holders of its first batch of the bonds in March 2016, paying holders 5.58 trillion rials ($164 million at market exchange rate) in the process.

The bills were given to government contractors in lieu of overdue payments.