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C THE FINANCIAL SECTOR: PERFORMANCE AND GROWTH  
  Financial Market Activity 58
 
Active Corporate Debt Market  
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Box 13 – Introduction of Electronic Bond Platform for
 
Trading of Singapore Government Securities  
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Growth in Asset and Wealth Management  
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Trading in the Equities and Futures Market  
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Strong Growth in the Treasury Market  
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Box 14 – Islamic Finance Development in Singapore  
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Box 15 – Regional Commodity Derivatives Trading  
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  FINANCIAL MARKET ACTIVITY

Growth in Asset and Wealth Management
 

Singapore’s asset management industry has seen double-digit annual growth over the past five years. As at end 2005, funds managed in Singapore totaled S$720 billion, a jump of 26% from 2004.

Singapore has become a leading asset management centre in the Asia Pacific as a result of various advantages: socio-political stability, sound economic fundamentals, a robust and efficient legal and judicial framework, a well-regulated international financial sector, and a ready pool of talent and expertise.

In terms of talent and expertise, there were close to 1,300 investment professionals in Singapore as at end 2005. Many asset management companies have expanded their services in Singapore to include research, regional trading desks, and centralised their middle and back office functions.