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Old Supreme Court Singapore 3Banking, Investments & Wealth Management are highly regulated activities.  As financial activities involves money and trust, are sensitive and critical to the proper functioning of the global financial system, and is the most susceptible to criminals and misuse, regulations had been necessary to reduce these risks and improve stability.

Since the early 1900s, international bodies such as Bank of International Settlements (1930), Bretton Woods Agreement (1944) and International Monetary Fund (1945) had been created to promote global cooperation in areas of banking, economic, monetary policies.

On the domestic or national level, governing bodies are usually the Central Bank, Central Treasury or Ministry of Finance.

What are the Singapore regulations to know?
  • Banking Act – Chapter 19
  • Banking Secrecy – Section 47
  • Securities Futures Act – Chapter 289
  • Insider Trading Article – Division 3, Section 218,219,221
  • Financial Advisors Act – Chapter 110
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore – Act 186
What are the international regulations to know?
  • Basel III
  • Basel II
  • Basel I
  • Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS)
  • Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
  • Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF)

“When there’s a will, there’s a lawsuit”

SFA Chapter 289, 4A

On Accredited Investor

  1. an individual —
    1. (A)  whose net personal assets exceed in value the minimum amount of $2 million (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) or such other amount as the Authority may prescribe in place of the first amount, and in determining whether an individual’s net personal assets exceeds the minimum amount, the estimated fair market value of an individual’s primary residence less any outstanding amounts in respect of any credit facility granted to the individual or any other person that is secured by that residence, shall not account for more than $1 million (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) of the minimum amount; or
    2. (B)  whose income in the preceding 12 months is not less than $300,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) or such other amount as the Authority may prescribe in place of the first amount;

MAS Update 2005


Insider Trading

Anyone guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $250,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years or to both.