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Cyprus Stock Exchange Records Significant Increase By 12.87% In May

A significant increase of 12.87% was recorded in the Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) during May, mainly driven by the rise in financial companies, which accounted for 77.54% of the monthly trading volume.

The weight of Bank of Cyprus and Hellenic Bank stocks was particularly notable.

According to a monthly review issued by CSE in the latest trading session of May 2024, the financial markets experienced a significant surge, with the General Index reaching 163.35 points, marking a notable 12.87% increase from the previous month. This upswing was accompanied by a substantial rise in the total value of shares traded, which increased by 51.28% compared to the preceding month.

However, despite the increase the highest level that the General Index reached for the month was 166,62 points. The other Market Indices reached the following levels: Main Market reached 127.47, Alternative Market 1,314.80, and Investment Companies 1.916,24 points. On a sectoral level, the Hotels Index reached 923.57 points. The FTSE/CySE20 reached 99.30 points. The market capitalisation of shares reached € 4.62 billion. According to this month’s results, the Main Market accounted for 21.28% of the total market capitalisation, the Alternative Market 6.23%, the Surveillance Market 0.49% and the Bond Market 72.01%.

Moreover, the total market capitalisation including the Bond Market reached € 16.52 billion compared to € 15.91 billion the previous month, registering an increase of 3.81%. The total value of transactions during the month in review reached € 17.41 million, with an average of € 0.92 million per trading session.

The Financials sector contributed 77.54% to the total value traded which was the highest among all other sectors. Investors primarily focused their interest on the shares of “Bank of Cyprus Holdings Plc” and also on shares of “Hellenic Bank Public Company Ltd” with 42.53% and 29.09% of the total value respectively.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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