Singapore Exchange (SGX) has expanded its US presence, opening SGX America in Chicago.
SGX says it presence in the US will enable it to better serve a growing client base in the region and meet the rising international investor appetite to access and risk manage Asian exposure.
Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX, says, “This is an important milestone in SGX’s international expansion strategy and reinforces our status as Asia’s most connected exchange. SGX’s knowledge of the Asian markets, and the diversity of our Asia-linked futures and options will resonate with investors in North America, who are increasingly looking East for growth opportunities across asset classes. A physical presence in the US will also better enable us to develop connectivity with the world’s largest equities and fixed income market.”
Michael Syn, head of derivatives at SGX, adds: “The opening of SGX America complements the global nature of SGX’s products and platforms and is a logical step following the extension of our now round-the-clock trading and clearing hours. Given the size and depth of the market, spanning financial institutions, funds, trading firms and Futures Commission Merchants, the US is an important market for us, both for our financial and commodity derivative products. Chicago is home to a vibrant trading community with a long history in the global futures and options market, making it a natural first base for us.”
SGX was one of the first exchanges globally to adopt the Principles for Financial Market Infrastructure (PFMI) and is certified as a Qualifying Counterparty under the Basel III framework. Its growing portfolio of USD-denominated risk management solutions are approved for trading by direct access in North America by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).