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Singapore Libor transition plan “aggressive but achievable”

Singapore is poised to take the next step in transitioning its interest rate benchmark in April with a ban on issuing swap offer rates (SOR) cash products, as the city-state also sticks to its target to transition most SOR derivatives by end of the third quarter, 2021 - a plan which the country’s leading bank says “is aggressive but achievable”.

SFC clamps down on market manipulation scheme and announces arrests

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has shut down several market manipulation schemes in the Chinese territory leading to trading accounts being frozen and even some arrests. 

Tony Cripps

Singapore prioritises transition activities in its green taxonomy

The overwhelming focus on transitioning the world economy to green technologies such as solar energy has a simple drawback: it fails to place value on minimising emissions over the coming decades of existing brown industries like generating electricity from fossil fuels. 

ASIFMA calls for consistent regulatory approach to use of cloud by financial firms

The application of cloud computing by financial firms is excessively complex due to conflicting regulatory requirements across jurisdictions, according to the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA), which is calling for the promotion of a consistent and globally aligned framework governing its use.

SFC consults on its conduct expectations for book building and placement activities

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) is asking for feedback on its clarifications on the conduct standards it expects from intermediaries in equity and debt capital raisings. 

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Regulators to give climate finance a bigger push

National supervisors and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) are looking at more coordinated and accelerated efforts to push forward the climate finance agenda, said Ashley Alder, chief executive officer at Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). 

Leonie Kelly

Hong Kong leverages its capital markets in bid to dominate green finance

Hong Kong, encouraged by mainland China, has ambitions to become Asia’s green financial hub, though the territory still has a way to go to establish its sustainable credentials. By Victor Smart

Singapore taskforce consults on green taxonomy

On January 28, the Green Finance Industry Taskforce (GFIT), convened by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), issued a consultation on a proposed taxonomy for domestic financial institutions to identify activities that can be considered green or transitioning towards that state.

Rory Green

China gears up for launch of digital currency – with global implications

Residents of Suzhou, an ancient city in the Yangtze Basin, recently pioneered China’s new digital currency – and banks and fintechs are taking note. 

SFC wants to tighten requirements for Hong Kong licensed financial professionals

A consultation by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission would see licensed financial professionals needing to have higher minimum academic qualifications and undergo further training.