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BIS Opens Innovation Hub in Singapore

As flagged in a release earlier this week, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) have officially launched the BIS Innovation Hub Centre in Singapore, marking what the BIS says is its first expansion of its global footprint in 17 years. The hub will, BIS says, foster innovation and greater collaboration […]

MAS Established Benchmark Transition Team

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced the establishment of the Steering Committee for SOR Transition to SORA. The committee will oversee an industry-wide interest rate benchmark transition from SOR to SORA. SOR is a key interest rate benchmark in Singapore that is used in the pricing of SGD interest rate derivatives, commercial and retail […]

Jump the Latest to Launch Singapore Pricing Engine

Jump Liquidity is the latest FX trading business to announce that it is partnering with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to bring its FX pricing engine to Singapore, joining a growing list of bank and non-bank liquidity providers to do so. Singapore will be the third pricing engine location provided by Jump Liquidity, which […]

Singapore Sets Date for Mandatory OTC Clearing

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) says it will introduce regulations to require OTC derivatives to be cleared on central counterparties (CCPs) with effect from 1 October 2018.
MAS says central clearing will make the trading of OTC derivatives in Singapore safer as it mitigates counterparty credit risks inherent in these trades.
The mandatory clearing requirement will apply to Singapore dollar and US dollar fixed-floating interest rate swaps as these are the most widely traded interest rate derivatives in Singapore. Banks whose gross notional outstanding OTC derivatives exceed $20 billion will be required to clear their trades through CCPs that are regulated by MAS.

MAS Issues Best Execution Consultation Paper

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has issued a consultation paper as part of its plans to formalise expectations for holders of a capital markets services licence, banks, merchant banks and finance companies to have in place policies and procedures to place to ensure best execution and to support fair outcomes for customers.
The consultation is in tandem with MAS’ earlier proposal for a market operator to have in place measures to facilitate its members’ execution of customers’ orders in the customers’ interests, and to ensure that its handling and execution of bids and offers is conducted on a fair and objective basis.

MAS Targets FX as Part of Growth Plan

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) says it will encourage key FX players to site their pricing and matching engines in the city state as it strives to become “a leading financial centre in Asia”.
In a speech delivered launching Singapore’s industry transformation map (ITM), Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and MAS Board member, described MAS’ vision for Singapore being one that connects global markets, supports Asia’s development, and serves Singapore’s economy. The ITM was drawn up by MAS in consultation with the financial industry and the tripartite movement, MAS says.

MAS Issues Execution Advice Guidelines

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued guidelines for the conduct of businesses offering execution advice, including in foreign exchange markets.
MAS says the guidelines are intended to set out standards to be maintained by dealers when they provide execution-related advice and they do not apply in circumstances where a dealer merely carries out instructions by a client to buy or sell a specific product without the dealer making any recommendation or giving any advice in relation to that product.

SGX Must Improve Operational Resilience – MAS

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has directed the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to implement measures to enhance its recovery processes and operational resilience.
The directive comes after a supervisory investigation into the trading disruption that occurred in the market on 14 July 2016. The measures include recommendations by the Industry Working Group (IWG), which comprises SGX and industry stakeholders.
SGX will contribute $1.5 million to co-fund the costs that may be incurred by brokerage firms to implement the IWG measures.

MAS Warns on Binary Options

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a warning to investors on the trading of binary options with unregulated platforms.
The authority says it comes in the wake of “an increase in the number of complaints from investors who have suffered financial losses from such investments”.

ANZ, Macquarie Bank Admit Rate Rigging in Malaysia

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has commenced legal proceedings on a consent basis against ANZ and Macquarie Bank in relation to alleged attempts to engage in cartel conduct in FX markets.
The ACCC says that following cooperation by ANZ and Macquarie, the parties have agreed that a Macquarie trader and multiple traders within ANZ engaged in a private chatroom to discuss daily submissions to be made to the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) in relation to the benchmark rate for the Malaysian ringgit fixing rate.