General Announcement::News Release: SGX proposes changes to rules on securities trading and market practices

Issuer & Securities

Issuer/ Manager
Stapled Security

Announcement Details

Announcement Title
General Announcement
Date &Time of Broadcast
10-Oct-2017 17:07:08
Announcement Sub Title
News Release: SGX proposes changes to rules on securities trading and market practices
Announcement Reference
Submitted By (Co./ Ind. Name)
Senior Associate
Description (Please provide a detailed description of the event in the box below)
Singapore Exchange (SGX) is seeking public feedback on a raft of proposed changes to SGX's rules on securities trading and market practices.

The proposed changes were developed in active consultation with our members. Objectives of the proposed changes include adopting a more principles-based, rather than prescriptive, approach and ensuring rules remain relevant as market practices evolve. For example, trading members will have full flexibility to set the amount of security deposit required of a remisier after conducting a credit assessment. They can also negotiate the terms of their agreement with their remisiers. This eases the entry of new remisiers to the industry.

SGX will also no longer mandate senior management pre-approval for staff securities trading so long measures are in place to guard against the misuse of confidential information. Trading representatives (TRs) engaging in their own business activities - apart from trading in securities - also no longer require SGX's oversight; members will be responsible for ensuring that such activities do not conflict with the TR's trading activities and compromise customers' interest.

The proposed changes will also clarify current market practices and situations. Exchange practices relating to, for example, securities trading and error trade will be formalised. Rules requiring a member to obtain written customer acknowledgement each time a TR starts mobile broking will be removed. Members nonetheless need to provide appropriate risk disclosures to customers.

Requirements governing customer account opening will become less prescriptive; members are to ensure that any account opening is duly authorised.

Management oversight of a securities broking firm is vested upon persons who are registered as approved executive directors with SGX. While registering of the CEO is currently practised by all members, many also register their executive directors with SGX. We propose to require only CEO registration as this person is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day management of the entire member firm and its activities.

In addition, product definitions will be introduced or amended to make clear the applicability of the rules given the definitional changes in the Securities & Futures Act.

The public consultation is open till 7 November 2017 and the consultation paper is found here:

Feedback can be sent to:


Singapore Exchange Regulation Limited
11 North Buona Vista Drive
#06-07 The Metropolis Tower 2
Singapore 138589
(Attention: Regulatory Development & Policy)