MAS: Annual report 2006 / 2007
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ENTERPRISE: Our Role
BUILDING ON A ROBUST MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SINGAPORE SECURITIES MARKET
FOSTERING A SOUND & REPUTABLE FINANCIAL CENTRE
RISK MANAGEMENT & INFRASTRUCTURE
GROWING SINGAPORE AS AN INTERNATIONALLY COMPETITIVE FINANCIAL CENTRE
CURRENCY
ORGANISATIONAL INITIATIVES
FOSTERING A SOUND & REPUTABLE FINANCIAL CENTRE 25
Changes to Capital Requirements for Singapore-incorporated Banks 25
Enhancing MAS’ Role in Bank Resolution 25
Changes to Rules on Unsecured Credit 25
Shift Towards Large Exposures Regime 26
Introduction of Asset Maintenance for Foreign Banks 26
Box 3 - An Update On Basel II Implementation In Singapore 26
Legislative Amendments to Securities and Futures Act and Financial Advisers Act 27
Box 4 - Monograph On Supervisory Framework For Financial Institutions 27
Trust Companies 28
Self-assessment Initiative 28
Anti-Money Laundering & Countering the Financing of Terrorism 28
Building Confidence in E-payments and Internet Banking Systems 28
Insurance Securitisation 29
Nomination of Beneficiaries to Insurance Policies 29
Policy Owners’ Protection Fund 29
Box 5 - Supervision Of New Initiatives in the  
  Singapore Capital Markets - Jade And AsiaClear 30
Mortgage Insurance 30
Thematic Approach to Market Conduct Supervision 30
Box 6 - Market Manipulation 31
Mystery Shopping on Practices in the Financial Advisory Industry 31
Review on Switching of Investment Products 31
Enhancing Market Discipline 31
Corporate Governance of Listed Companies 32
Amendment to Code on Collective Investment Schemes 32
Implementation of Payment Systems (Oversight) Act 20 06 32
 

Introduction of Asset Maintenance for Foreign Banks
MAS' liberalisation measures in the last few years have encouraged greater participation from foreign banks in our banking sector. Should a foreign bank fail, the resolution of a cross-border bank insolvency could be a complex and drawn-out process with uncertainty over the amount and speed of any recovery. With this in mind, MAS has introduced an asset maintenance regime to strengthen the foreign bank regulatory framework by requiring foreign full and wholesale bank branches to maintain a minimum level of eligible assets in Singapore in proportion to their deposit liabilities. This would help to improve the recovery of assets from a failed foreign bank branch in Singapore to meet the claims of Singapore depositors. The asset maintenance requirements, after close consultation with the industry, have been carefully calibrated to balance prudential objectives with banks' commercial interests.



Minister for Trade & Industry and MAS Deputy Chairman Lim Hng Kiang, in Parliament.