Palestinian stock exchange: ‘We never closed'

Chris Wright
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Yes, Palestine has a stock exchange. And the remarkable thing is that it has stayed open consistently since its launch in February 1997. It’s not the biggest bourse in the world – 38 stocks and a market capitalization of $3.1 billion – but it lodged a claim to fame by being the world’s best-performing stock market in 2005, returning 306%. Up 30.8% in the first six months of 2008, it’s one of the world’s best performers.