Oman’s Capital Market Authority has announced it has issued insurance investment regulatory guidelines. They will regulate investments of insurance companies and Takaful insurance in the Sultanate. They give insurance firms greater flexibility in making investments to support their corporate growth objectives, while maintaining adequate reserves and liquidity to handle claims from policyholders. In terms of Takaful insurers, Takaful companies will have to comply with legal provisions like deeds and Islamic investment funds according to the specified percentages and terms regardless of whether they are investing in or outside the Sultanate. The regulations impose limits on investments in schemes like deposit, commercial and Government bonds and the public joint stock companies’ shares, investment funds and companies which are not listed on the stock exchange as well as real estate. When drafting the guidelines, the Authority considered investment trends, market volatility issues, international developments in the sector among other things. It is part of efforts by the Authority to support the development of the Omani insurance market and enable insurance firms to diversify their investments.