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Source: Singapore Exchange (SGX)
SGX Securities Market Starts All-day Trading

SINGAPORE, Aug 1, 2011 - (ACN Newswire) - Singapore Exchange's (SGX) securities market today successfully began trading continuously all day.

Turnover from 12.30pm to 2.00pm was $110 million, contributing to 6.4% of today's trading.

All-day trading allows investors to respond more easily to regional market movements and news flows as Singapore's securities market hours now overlap more with those of other Asian exchanges, including those in China, India and Japan. Investors face less risk as they will be able to access the market throughout the day to manage their Pan-Asian investments on SGX.

"With the securities market open all day, Singapore strengthens its position as a leading financial centre. At the same time, investors will benefit from increased investment opportunities which should eventually, help improve liquidity. SGX would like to thank investors, the Securities Investors Association (Singapore), Member firms and vendors for their efforts in ensuring a smooth start to all-day trading," said Mr Nels Friets, Head of Securities at SGX.

Separately, SGX reduced minimum bid size for most securities from 4 July. Bid/ask spreads have narrowed, lowering trading cost for investors by 20% to 45%. Total savings for investors from the new bid sizes in July was about $130 million.

Spreads for shares priced below $0.20 have narrowed an average 53% compared with the June average. Trading volume for these shares in the four week from 4 July has risen 51% to 5.2 billion shares from June. Structured Warrants volume increased 50% to 3.4 billion in the same period.


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

Joan Lew
Communications
Tel: +65 6236 8658
Email: [email protected]


Aug 1, 2011 18:20 HKT/SGT
Source: Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Topic: Press release summary
Sectors: Daily Finance, Daily News
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