Foreign investors invested a record amount in Saudi Arabia stocks in January 2019. Fears caused by the killing of opposition journalist Jamal Hashkadi outweighed optimism due to the inclusion of the country's stock market in world indices. By the end of January 2019, investors outside the country invested 4.4 billion riyals or $1.17 billion in Saudi Arabia shares. This is the maximum rate since 2015 - the time of the beginning of observations. Shares of Saudi companies will be included in international emerging markets indices in the coming months. Therefore, international institutional investors master the stock market of Saudi Arabia, while domestic investment funds have decreased activity.
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