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Published Date: 25 April 2023

MAS Proposes Enhanced Safeguards for Prospecting and Marketing of Financial Products

Singapore, 25 April 2023… The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today published two consultation papers with proposals to enhance safeguards for prospecting and marketing of financial products. The enhancements seek to raise industry standards by requiring financial institutions to put in place additional controls when engaging in prospecting and marketing activities through both physical and digital means.

2. With the resumption of roadshows and the increased use of digital applications and social media by financial institutions to market financial products, MAS proposes to augment existing safeguardsThese include the safeguards set out in the Guidelines on Standards of Conduct for Marketing and Distribution Activities for responsible and professional conduct of prospecting activities, as well as the requirements set out in regulations 22 to 22D of the Financial Advisers Regulations , and regulations 46 and 46AA to 46AD of the Securities and Futures (Licensing and Conduct of Business) Regulations for fair and balanced advertising. and introduce new measures to strengthen market conduct. 

  • For physical prospecting at public places, existing safeguards such as the disclosure of representatives’ identities and the financial institutions they represent will be made mandatory. In addition, financial institutions can only conduct prospecting activities at commercial premises. They will also need to provide customers with additional time to consider whether to make a purchase, and limit the use of gift offers which may influence decision-making.
  • For digital marketing, financial institutions will need to strengthen controls over online advertisements to avoid disseminating misleading content. They must also tighten practices when appointing third party service providers to generate leads online through the dissemination of online advertisements and collection of prospective customers’ contact information.

3. Mr Lim Tuang Lee, Assistant Managing Director (Capital Markets), MAS, said, “We want consumers to receive accurate information, professional advice, and be given sufficient time and space to consider their financial decisions. The proposals to strengthen responsible prospecting and marketing activities by financial institutions will support these goals, and better protect consumers’ interests.”

4. For more details, please refer to the consultation papers here on prospecting activities at public places, and here on marketing activities via digital applications and social media. MAS invites interested parties to submit their comments on the proposals by 30 June 2023.