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Source: Singapore Exchange (SGX)
SGX is World's First Exchange to Clear Asian FX Forwards

SINGAPORE, June 1, 2011 - (ACN Newswire) - Singapore Exchange will start clearing Asian Foreign Exchange Forwards (non-deliverable) by September 2011.

The clearing of Asian Foreign Exchange (FX) Forwards will include the non-deliverable currencies traded in the region, namely Chinese Yuan, Indonesian Rupiah, Indian Rupee, Korean Won, Malaysian Ringgit, Philippine Peso and Taiwanese Dollar.

A world's first, this initiative is aligned with recent global regulations on mandatory clearing for non-deliverable FX forwards and FX options via a Central Counter Party. The clearing of FX Forwards is the next OTC clearing offering following the 15 November 2010 start of clearing of Interest Rate Swaps denominated in Singapore dollars. SGX has cleared nearly US$80 billion notional of Interest Rate Swaps since the launch.

This clearing service will enhance Singapore's global standing as a market for trading of interest rate derivatives and foreign exchange. Singapore was ranked the second largest interest rate derivatives and foreign exchange centre in Asia and fourth largest foreign exchange centre globally in a survey by Bank for International Settlements.

Said Mr Magnus Bocker, SGX CEO, "Demand for OTC traded financial derivatives clearing will grow rapidly and we are pleased to be able to extend the service to cover Foreign Exchange Forwards for Asian currencies. Asia is the world's fastest-growing region and this service will benefit our members as they grow their businesses here."

The eleven SGX Clearing Members eligible to clear FX Forwards are Barclays Bank Plc, Citibank N.A., Credit Suisse AG, DBS Bank Limited, Deutsche Bank AG, Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd, Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, UBS AG, and United Overseas Bank Ltd. SGX expects the membership to grow in the months to come with membership interest from all banks active in these products.


About Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is the Asian Gateway, connecting investors in search of Asian growth to corporate issuers in search of global capital. SGX represents the premier access point for managing Asian capital and investment exposure, and is Asia's most international exchange with about 40% of companies listed on SGX originating outside of Singapore. SGX offers its clients the world's biggest offshore market for Asian equity index futures, centred on Asia's three largest economies - China, India and Japan.

In addition to offering a fully integrated value chain from trading and clearing, to settlement and depository services, SGX is also Asia's pioneering central clearing house. Headquartered in Asia's most globalised city, and centred within the AAA strength and stability of Singapore's island nation, SGX is a leading Asian counterparty for the clearing of financial and commodity products. For more information, please visit www.sgx.com.

Contact:
Loh Wei Ling
Communications
Tel: +65 6236 8157
Email: [email protected]

Carolyn Lim
Communications
Tel: +65 6236 8139
Email: [email protected]


June 1, 2011 09:30 HKT/SGT
Source: Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Topic: New Service
Sectors: Daily Finance, Daily News
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