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Number of listed companies
Domestic market capitalization
million US$

Bolsa de Valores de Nicaragua (BVN)

Name Bolsa de Valores de Nicaragua (BVN)
Country Nicaragua
Number of listed companies 4
Domestic market capitalization 1264 million US$
SSE Partner Exchange Yes
Has annual sustainability report No

ESG reporting required as a listing rule No

Has written guidance on ESG reporting No

Offers ESG related training Yes

In 2022, BVN provided training on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD recommendations) in collaboration with the SSE, CDP and IFC. (source)

Market covered by sustainability-related index No

Has sustainability bond listing segment No

Has SME listing platform No

Women on boards mandatory minimum rule No

Additional information
Organizational model of stock exchange

For Profit

Regulatory bodies

Regulatory model

Limited exchange SRO

About the stock exchange

The Nicaragua Stock Exchange (BVN) is the result of an initiative of the Nicaraguan private sector founded with the objective of promoting the development and modernization of the Nicaraguan financial system, within the framework of a market liberalization process undertaken since 1990. The first stock market operations in the history of Nicaragua were carried out on January 31, 1994. The Nicaraguan Stock Exchange is the only organized securities market that exists in the country and that guarantees the transparency and security of the operations of purchase and sale of securities. This institution is a private limited company, founded by the majority of private banks, and by solid business groups representing different sectors of the national economy. The Nicaraguan Stock Exchange offers investors and issuers of securities, residents and non-residents in our country, an efficient platform to carry out their operations within the framework of a completely free and open economy abroad. The Stock Exchange is a company that registers and authorizes securities issues to be traded through accredited Stock Markets, develops securities trading mechanisms, supervises the execution of securities transactions, regulating their success, and reports on transactions. that are carried out within it and promote the Nicaraguan stock market. The Nicaraguan Stock Exchange is a market full of opportunities for investors and issuers of securities. The main characteristics of this market are the following:

  • In the BVN, fixed income financial instruments are traded with high yields in dollars and in local currency indexed to the dollar.
  • There is no type of restriction on inflows and outflows of foreign capital flows.
  • The custody and settlement of securities is specialized.
  • There is an effective regulatory framework on trading activity.
  • There is a wide network of established stock exchanges, with international relations and in the Central American region.

Criteria for Stock Exchange Database

The SSE maintains a database of sustainability activities for all stock exchanges that are either members of the SSE initiative and/or members of the World Federation of Exchanges. This database is the most comprehensive database of stock exchanges worldwide and contains data on all main stock exchanges. The information in this database is intended to inform investors and other stakeholders on the work stock exchanges are undertaking to advance sustainability in their respective markets.

The information provided in this database is based on publicly available information prepared by the SSE Secretariat with input from stock exchanges in most instances. Sources and explanatory notes on sustainability information have been included in individual Stock Exchange Fact Sheets. The criteria for each category can be found below.

While every effort is made to keep the information in this database up to date, please be aware that certain factors change frequently and therefore may not be exact, such as the number of listed companies or market cap.


Criteria Considered

Country Country of primary residence or registration
Has signed the SSE Commitment Letter? To be considered an SSE Partner Exchange, the CEO or Chairperson of the exchange must sign an SSE commitment letter. Contact the SSE for more information if your exchange would like to join.
Has annual sustainability report? For a yes, stock exchanges must report, either in a stand alone report or integrated into their financial report, on their environmental and social impact and corporate governance.
ESG reporting required as a listing rule? For a yes, all three factors have been considered (environmental, social and governance) within the listing rules for some or all listed companies. This requirement may come from the regulatory authority or the exchange, depending on the market.
Offers written guidance on ESG reporting? For a yes, all three factors have been considered (environmental, social and governance). The SSE has developed a model guidance that all exchanges can use to develop their own guidance to issuers. For more details, click here.
Offers ESG related training? For a yes, training must have taken place in the previous 12 months, and must be interactive. The topic of the training must be on some area of sustainability.
Market covered by sustainability-related index? Sustainability-related indices may include environmental or social  indices, or ESG indices. This could include specific themes, such as low carbon indices, or general sustainability indices. The index must be specific to the market the exchange operates in (a region or world index is not included).
Has sustainability bond listing segment? For a yes, the exchange has developed the rules and regulations allowing for sustainability bonds to be listed, and provides a separate segment for listing making the bonds easy to find and identify.
Has an SME listing platform? For a yes, the exchange offers a listing platform specifically for Small-and-Medium sized enterprises.
Additional Information Additional Information captures exchanges’: sustainability section of websites,  sustainability products not captured under indices; information on future sustainability commitments and other information on the exchange
Organizational model of stock exchange Whether the exchange is listed or not, and when it was demutualized
Regulatory bodies The regulatory authority that sets listing requirements and capital market regulation for the exchange's market
Regulatory model

The extent to which exchanges have regulatory authority in their market. This may include:

  • Limited exchange SRO
  • Strong exchange SRO
  • Independent member SRO
  • Government (Statutory)
  • Non-SRO
About the stock exchange The location of the headquarters of the exchange, and any additional details about the stock exchange.