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By Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat
The Saudi stock market recorded a sharp decline during the week’s trading. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) dropped 4.1% by 542 points on Thursday, to close at 12,837 points, with the total value of traded shares reaching nearly SR10.2 billion.

In the last four trading sessions, the Saudi benchmark deepened its losses to more than 980 points. This comes as financial markets and global stock exchanges, led by the US, are witnessing a sharp decline following inflation data that raised fears of a continued tightening of monetary policy by the Federal Reserve and global central banks.

The Saudi Parallel Equity Market Index (NOMU) ended the day losing 27.38 points, to close at 22,646.74 points, with a value of SR31 million and an overall tally of more than 429,000 stocks traded in 2,171 deals.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) issued the annual report on the performance of the insurance market, which assessed the sector’s developments and financial results during 2021, as well as its contribution to the Kingdom’s GDP.

According to the report, the insurance sector grew 8.4 percent in 2021, with a total written premium at SR42 billion ($11.2 billion).

The report further stated that the contribution of insurance sector to non-oil GDP decreased slightly by -0.01 percent to reach 1.91 percent, while the overall loss ratio increased to reach 83.4 percent in 2021 compared to 76.7 percent in 2020.

It added that the losses of the insurance sector amounted to 47 million riyals during the past year, compared to a net profit of 1.38 billion riyals in 2020, noting that the improvement in the income of investment operations helped limit the decline in the sector’s performance.

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