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SGX to Introduce Circuit Breakers on 24 February

Source: Singapore Exchange (SGX)


Singapore, Jan 22, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - Singapore Exchange (SGX) will introduce circuit breakers in the securities market from 24 February as an additional market safeguard.

Circuit breakers will initially apply to Straits Times Index and MSCI Singapore Index component stocks and all those securities priced $0.50 and above. This will also include stapled securities, funds, exchange traded funds, exchange traded notes and extended settlement contracts. These securities account for about 80% of trading on the Singapore stock market.

Circuit breakers will be triggered when a potential trade is matched at a price that is over 10% away from the reference price. The reference price is the last traded price at least five minutes earlier. Once a circuit breaker is triggered, a five-minute cooling-off period follows where trading can only take place within a price band 10% above or below the reference price. Thereafter, trading resumes with a new reference price as established during the cooling-off period.

In addition, SGX will revise its error trade policy effective 24 February. For all securities except bonds, trades will not be cancelled if the transacted price falls within a price range of 20 minimum bid sizes, or 5%, from the last traded price. For structured warrants, the price range will be 20 minimum bid sizes, or 25%, from the last valid price. Trades done outside of the relevant price range are eligible for review by SGX. For bonds, any error trade will be eligible for review.

"The introduction of circuit breakers and the new error trade policy will assure investors of continued safety and transparency even under volatile market conditions. The implementation of these two initiatives will complement our existing safeguards in support of a fair, orderly and transparent market," said Muthukrishnan Ramaswami, President of SGX.

More details on these initiatives can be found at www.sgx.com/tradingsafeguard and www.sgx.com/faqs.

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 more than 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 peerless Asian counterparty for the clearing of financial and commodity products. For more information, please visit www.sgx.com.

Source: Singapore Exchange (SGX)

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