12th June 2019
Grab, Southeast Asia’s most valuable start-up, is exploring a move into Singapore banking as regulators in the Southeast Asian city-state consider allowing online-only banks, four people with knowledge of the process said. Grab is close to hiring a consultancy to advise it on its banking potential and is gearing up… Read More
29th May 2019
Growing demand by Asia’s rich for independent advisory services and access to a wide variety of investment products is spurring the surge of boutique wealth managers more associated with the established wealth hubs of Switzerland and London. The boutiques, or so-called external asset managers (EAMs), mainly tap small-and-mid-level business owners… Read More
26th April 2019
Singapore’s securities regulator has called for an independent review of fraud allegations made by a short-seller against Best World International Ltd, which knocked 9 percent off the cosmetics firm’s share price on Wednesday. Shares in the closely held Singapore-listed firm have halved since February when local media questioned Best World’s… Read More
28th March 2019
Local staff at the Singapore office of Wirecard may have committed crimes but these were not material to the German payment company’s financial position, an investigation by an outside law firm has found. Shares in Wirecard, under pressure since the Financial Times ran the first of a series of investigative… Read More
13th February 2019
Precious metal dealers in Singapore will have to conduct stricter customer due diligence checks (CDD) and submit details of suspicious transactions, under new measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. Law Minister Edwin Tong, in a Second Reading speech on the Precious Stones and Precious Metals (Prevention of Money… Read More
4th February 2019
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has clarified its stance on whether remittance firms can lend out money following a query about their operations. The query, which was published in the Straits Times, said that many maids were being paid through a remittance firm. In its response, the… Read More
26th October 2018
AP — The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on the Singapore-based director of a commodities company accused of laundering money for North Korea through the U.S. financial system. The Department of Justice also unsealed criminal charges against the person, Tan Wee Beng, accusing him of “a… Read More
12th September 2018
Singapore has made a smooth transition to electronic payments and there has been a sharp drop in cash withdrawals at ATMs, however, the jurisdiction does not intend to scrap cash, according to Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. Electronic payments are growing ‘in ease’ with more than 8 in 10… Read More
9th August 2018
Banks in Singapore have been urged to consider the possibility of introducing bank accounts that offer basic services and also have safeguards from money laundering risks, amid concerns some sectors in society are being denied access to banking. Although Singapore is a highly-banked country, there are pockets of society… Read More
25th July 2018
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a circular to all financial institutions, instructing them to tighten their customer verification processes. The move follows the recent cyber attack at SingHealth where personal information of 1.5 million individuals was illegally accessed. For access to online financial services, banks in… Read More