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International Monetary Fund Calls Financial Oversight in Singapore Among the Best Globally

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed its Financial Sector Assessment Program for Singapore and has reportedly “reaffirmed” Singapore’s financial sector oversight to be “among the best globally,” according to a release. The IMF said the economic fundamentals of Singapore were strong and its economic… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Signs Fintech Agreement with Central Bank of Kenya

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has signed a “Fintech Cooperation Agreement” with the Central Bank of Kenya. The agreement was finalized during the inaugural Afro-Asia Fintech Festival in Nairobi, Kenya. The two entities said they will collaborate to develop digital infrastructure services including KYC… Read More

Singapore Advances Digital Only Bank Sector with Five New Digital Bank Licenses

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will issue five new “digital bank licenses” according to the financial regulator. MAS said this was in addition to any existing Singapore banks which may also offer digital banking under existing rules. MAS said the new rules extend digital… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Does Not Want to “Legitimise” Immature Crypto Sector by Jumping to Regulate It

Citing concerns about “…anonymity, speed and cross-border nature of DPT (cryptocurrency or digital payment tokens) transactions,” the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has stated it does not want to hasten regulation of cryptocurrencies because of the potentially “legitimizing” and popularizing effect doing so could have…. Read More

The Bank of Canada and Monetary Authority of Singapore Use Blockchain for Cross Border Payment Experiment using CBDC

The Central Bank of Canada and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have jointly announced the successful “experiment” of cross border payments using blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT). The two central banks claim this is the first test anywhere of its kind stating it has… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Research: Fintech Can Boost Financial Inclusion if Regulatory Innovation Exists

A new report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) states that if properly regulated, Fintech can “extend the benefits of financial inclusion to millions of unbanked and underbanked people around the world.” Fintech has the potential to provide enormous benefit for the less… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Issues Another Warning Regarding Bogus Websites Promoting Cryptocurrency Investments

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued another warning regarding bogus websites promoting fraudulent cryptocurrency investments that are claimed to be supported by the government of Singapore. MAS provided a single example of a fabricated CNBC site that prominently states: “Singapore Officially Backs a… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Shuts Down Security Token Offering that Did Not Comply with Advertising Restrictions

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has shut down a security token offering (STO) for a “regulatory breach.” MAS said the issuer in question failed to comply with advertising restrictions. Specifically, the STOs legal advisors promoted the offering on LinkedIn calling attention to the offering…. Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Subsidizes New Equity Listings with S$75 Million Grant

Seeking to boost their prominence as an equity financing hub in Asia, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced a grant of S$75 million to help businesses raise funding via the Singapore equity market. Singapore is one of the most business-friendly jurisdictions in the… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Announces New S$30 Million Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Monday the launch of a new S$30 million Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant to strengthen the cyber resilience of the financial sector in Singapore and help financial institutions develop local talent in cybersecurity. According to MAS, the Grant was… Read More

Singapore Looks to Incorporate New Regulatory Framework for Payment Services Including Crypto

Following the recent Fintech Festival in Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has completed a new regulatory framework for payment services in Singapore. The Payment Services Bill is said to provide a “more conducive environment for innovation in payment services, whilst ensuring that risks across the payments… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Announces Winners of the 2018 Fintech Awards

On Wednesday, The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) awarded 12 FinTech companies a total of S$1.2 million at the FinTech Awards, which took place at the third Singapore FinTech Festival. The FinTech Awards, which is supported by PwC, recognizes innovative fintech… Read More

AFSA, AIFCA, & MAS Signs Corporate Agreement to Boost Fintech Ties Between Singapore & Kazakhstan

Fintech

The Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA), Astana International Financial Centre Authority (AIFCA) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Tuesday they have signed a tripartite Cooperation Agreement to boost FinTech ties between Singapore and Kazakhstan. The Cooperation Agreement was signed by Mukhtar Bubeyev, Acting… Read More

MAS Announces USD $5 Billion Placed with Private Equity & Fund Managers at Singapore Fintech Festival

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has announced a $5 billion program where the money is placed with private equity and infrastructure fund managers. The announcement was made during the weeklong Singapore Fintech Festival – an event that attracts tens of thousands of attendees each year…. Read More

Singapore Fintech Festival: Global Fintech Hackcelerator Winners Announced

Today, the Monetary  Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced the winners of their annual Global Fintech Hackcelerator which takes place during the Singapore Fintech Festival each year. Three winners have been selected from a group of 20 finalists. KPMG assisted in the competition. “The Global… Read More

Fintech in Singapore: MAS Director Opens up Annual Festival, “It Is About Innovation, Inclusion, and Inspiration”

Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) helped to kick off the annual Singapore Fintech Festival today with a wide-ranging speech on the benefits of financial innovation. Singapore has become a hub in southeast Asia for Fintech development. The Festival attracts thousands… Read More

MAS Reports Investors Attending the Singapore FinTech Festival will Dedicate USD $12 Billion to ASEAN Firms

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is reporting that investors attending the Singapore FinTech Festival have committed to investing $12 billion into ASEAN firms over the next two years. The 380 investors plan to dedicate USD $6.2 billion over the next year and an additional… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Signs Fintech MOU with Indonesia

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Financial Services Authority of the Republic of Indonesia, or “Otoritas Jasa Keuangan” (OJK), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to boost Fintech cooperation and foster innovation in financial services between the two countries. The MOU is… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Posts Finalists for 2018 Fintech Awards

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced the shortlist of finalists for their 2018 Global FinTech Hackcelerator and FinTech Awards at this year’s Singapore FinTech Festival. MAS reports that 514 different Fintech firms applied with 60 finalists, from 40 different countries, being selected. Over half… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Warns Public of Bogus Bitcoin Investing Sites some Claiming Support of MAS Chairman

Bogus Bitcoin Site from MAS

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a public warning on bogus websites that are soliciting investments in Bitcoin. At least two of these sites is using “fabricated comments” attributed to MAS Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. MAS says the statements attributed to… Read More

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