Barbados Stock Exchange

The Barbados Stock Exchange or BSE is Barbados' main stock exchange. Its headquarters are in the capital-city Bridgetown. The body was established in 1987 by the Parliament of Barbados as the Securities Exchange of Barbados (SEB), and remained known as such until August 2, 2001. The unique four symbol alphanumeric Market Identifier Code (MIC) used to identify the BSE as defined under ISO 10383.[2] of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)[3] is: XBAB.[4]

Barbados Stock Exchange
TypeStock exchange
LocationBridgetown, Barbados
Key peopleMarlon Yarde (CEO)/(GM)
CurrencyBarbados dollar
No. of listings21
Market capBBD$8.7 billion (Nov 2010)[1]
Cross listed
Junior market


The body was established in 1987 by the Parliament of Barbados as a statutory body under CAP. 318A, Section 44 of the Securities Exchange Act (1982). Under this original charter it was constituted as the Securities Exchange of Barbados (SEB), and remained known as such until August 2, 2001 when Parliament repealed and replaced the prior act with an updated charter under The Securities Act 20013

Since July 4, 2001 the BSE has operated under a fully electronic trading utilizing the Order routing method. The electronic system succeeds the manual system, which comprised an open auction outcry method of trading.

Although it was given effect by Parliament, the BSE functions as a not-for-profit organisation which is privately owned (by its Members). Authority is vested in a Board of Directors, which is chaired by the General Manager.

The Barbados Stock Exchange is among the four major regional Caribbean stock exchanges. The other three being the Jamaica Stock Exchange, the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange, and Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange. The BSE is the third largest stock exchange in the Caribbean region. The BSE along with officials from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are working to integrate these stock exchanges into a single unit known as the Caribbean Exchange Network (CXN)[5][6] The Trinidad and Tobago exchange has mooted the establishment of some form of association with the U.S. or Canadian based stock exchanges going forward.[7]

As of 2009, officials at the stock exchange were investigating the possibility of augmenting the local exchange with an International Securities Market (ISM) venture.[8]

As of 2010, BSE was one of twenty-seven correspondent members of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).[9]

In February 2019, BSE announced a Memorandum of Understanding with Blockstation, a Toronto-based FinTech, to use Blockstation's platform to enable the listing and trading of security token offerings (STOs), also referred to as tokenized IPOs, within its ecosystem.[10]

On 28 January 28 2020 the Nairobi Securities Exchange Plc. in Kenya and BSE signed a joint Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to help promote links between Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean regions.[11]

On March 23, 2014, BSE became the 112th announced member of the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative.[12]

Buildings and locations

The BSE was located at the 5th Floor of the Tom Adams Financial Centre; prior to relocating to 1st Floor, of Carlisle House on Hincks Street in Bridgetown. Most recently, it relocated to Eighth Avenue in the Bridgetown suburb of Belleville, St. Michael.

Past G.M.s

  • Virginia Mapp
  • Tessa Pickering

Listed companies

  • Almond Resorts Inc. -- ARI site
  • ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. -- MCAL site
  • Banks Holdings Ltd. -- BHL site
  • Barbados Dairy Industries Ltd. (Pine Hill Dairy) -- BDI
  • Barbados Farms Ltd. -- BFL
  • Barbados National Bank Inc. -- BNB site
  • Barbados Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd. -- BST site
  • Bico Ltd.—BCO
  • Cable & Wireless Barbados Ltd. -- CWBL site
  • Cave Shepherd & Co. Ltd. -- CSP site
  • FirstCaribbean International Bank—FCI
  • Fortress Caribbean Property Fund—CPF site
  • Goddard Enterprises Ltd. -- GDE site
  • Insurance Corporation of Barbados Ltd—ICBL site
  • Jamaica Money Market Brokers Ltd. -- JMMB site
  • Light & Power Holdings Ltd. -- LPH site
  • Light & Power Holdings Ltd. 5.5% Pref—LPH55 site
  • Neal & Massy Holdings Ltd. -- NML site
  • One Caribbean Media Ltd. -- OCM site
  • Sagicor Financial Corporation—SFC site
  • Sagicor Financial Corporation 6.5% Pref—SFC65 site
  • Trinidad Cement Ltd—TCL site
  • The West India Biscuit Company Ltd. -- WIB site
  • West Indies Rum Distillery Ltd. -- WIR site
  • Royal Fidelity TIGRS A Fund—RFTA site
  • Royal Fidelity TIGRS A1 Fund—RFTA1 site

Formerly listed companies

  • A.S. Brydens & Sons Ltd. -- ASB
  • BWIA West Indies Ltd. -- BWIA
  • Courts (Barbados) Ltd. -- CTS
  • Life of Barbados Ltd—LOB: Now Sagicor Financial Corporation
  • RBTT Financial Holdings Ltd. -- RBTT
  • GraceKennedy Ltd—GKC
  • Sunbeach Communications Inc. -- SBH

Other companies: List of Barbadian companies

See also


  2. ISO 10383
  3. International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  4. codes, ISO 15022
  5. Getting a regional stock exchange off the ground
  6. CXN to come on stream in the near future
  7. TTSE eyes US, Canada
  8. H, R (2009-07-28). "Treaty network an advantage in securities trading". Barbados Advocate. Archived from the original on 2006-02-11. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  9. Archived November 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. Stoner, Joshua (2019-02-27). "Eyeing Digital Securities, Barbados Stock Exchange Chooses Blockstation". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  11. Staff writer (28 January 2020). "BSE and Nairobi Securities Exchange PLC. in Kenya sign Memorandum Of Co-operation". Barbados Stock Exchange (BSE). Retrieved 3 April 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  12. "UN SSE welcomes The Barbados Stock Exchange" (Press release). The UN Sustainable Stock Exchange initiative. 21 March 2022. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
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