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Monetary Authority of Singapore to Support Fintech with S$150 Million

Singapore is one of the most forward-thinking Fintech hubs in the world. Today, its top financial regulatory, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has reaffirmed its support of Fintech and announced it will provide S$150 million to innovative firms over the next three years.  The… Read More

Cross Border Payments Now Available Between Singapore and Malaysia

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) have partnered to announce QR codes for payments will now be accepted bilaterally. Users at participating financial firms will now accept in-person payments by scanning a physical code displayed on merchants as well as… Read More

Brunei Darussalam Central Bank, Monetary Authority of Singapore Extend Cooperation in Financial Supervision

The Brunei Darussalam Central Bank (BDCB) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reaffirmed the close ties between the two authorities “at the fourth BDCB-MAS Bilateral Roundtable, and discussed new areas of collaboration.” At the Roundtable, BDCB Managing Director, Rokiah Bakar and MAS Managing Director, Ravi… Read More

Singapore: MAS Expands Sustainability Group, Appoints New Chief Sustainability Officer

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that Ms. Gillian Tan will be appointed Chief Sustainability Officer “from 17 October 2022, in addition to her current role as Assistant Managing Director (Development & International).” MAS’ current Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr. Darian McBain, will “leave MAS… Read More

Coinbase Approval to Operate in Singapore is Key Strategic Move

  This past week, Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) revealed it had received regulatory approval to provide services in Singapore, the leading Fintech hub in Asia,  At the same time, it was announced that Coinbase founder and CEO Brian Armstrong is expected to participate at the annual Singapore… Read More

Preventing Money Laundering and Fraud in Crypto: Singapore MP Queries Minister in Charge of MAS

This past week, Singapore MP Yip Hon Weng queried public officials about the risk of money laundering and fraud in the cryptocurrency markets. Singapore has emerged as a top hub for digital asset innovation with some firms moving to the country due to its Fintech-friendly… Read More

Singapore: MAS Introduces ESG Impact Hub to Support Growth of ESG Ecosystem

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched the ESG Impact Hub to spur co-location and collaboration “between Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) Fintech startups and solution providers, financial institutions and real economy stakeholders.” The Hub will also “anchor industry-driven sustainability initiatives such the Point Carbon… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Clarifies on Digital Assets. Yes to Innovation, No on Crypto Speculation (But No Ban)

MAS Supports Digital Asset Innovation, No Ban on Crypto Trading but Seeks to Limit Retail Access Singapore is a top global Fintech hub and the leading Asian center for innovation in financial services. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has long aided the digitization of… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore and International Financial Services Centre Authority Exchange MoU

The International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on supervisory cooperation “in the presence of the Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi at GIFT City, Gandhinagar, India.” The MOU provides… Read More

NGFS Acknowledges Nature-related Risks May have Macroeconomic, Financial Implications

The NGFS released a “Statement on Nature-related financial risks”, which acknowledges that nature-related risks, “including those associated with biodiversity loss, could have significant macroeconomic implications, and that failure to account for, mitigate, and adapt to these implications is a source of risks relevant for financial… Read More

MAS, Association of Banks in Singapore Clamping Down on Phishing Scams; Interim Measures Expected in 2 Weeks

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) have responded to a recent spike in SMS phishing scams by introducing stricter security measures, they announced this week. The MAS said it expects all financial institutions to have “robust measures”… Read More

MAS Managing Director Menon to Lead 105-Member Network for Greening the Financial System

The Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) this week announced the appointment of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) managing director Ravi Menon as their new chair. He will serve for a two-year term. Formed at the Paris One Planet Summit in December 2017 by… Read More

CBDCs Have Potential But Not in 2022: Monetary Authority of Singapore Pumps the Brakes

CBDCs have the potential to make a significant impact on global finance, but appropriate safeguards need to be in place, an official from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said today. The industry gathered for the Singapore FinTech Festival, where one of the presenters was… Read More

US Treasury Dept and Monetary Authority of Singapore Commit to MoU on Cybersecurity Cooperation

On Monday (August 23, 2021), the US Treasury Department and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) confirmed the finalization of a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cybersecurity Cooperation. This announcement has been made during Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent trip to Singapore, where the… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Sets Aside $1.8B for Climate Related Investment Initiatives

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the central bank and financial regulatory authority of the city-state, confirmed recently that it will be setting aside $1.8 billion for Climate-related investment initiatives. The MAS, which administers the various statutes pertaining to money, banking, insurance, securities, and the… Read More

Majority of ASEAN Region Fintech Firms are Planning to Raise Additional Funds while Expanding Operations in 2021: Report

Four in five or 80% of Fintech companies in the ASEAN region are focused on expanding their operations following the COVID-19 outbreak. ASEAN member countries include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. A report from UOB, PwC… Read More

Singapore Develops Platform that Allows Residents to Consolidate their Financial Data

Singapore has introduced a data exchange platform that allows residents to consolidate their financial data which may be stored across several different databases belonging to various government agencies and banks. The data exchange solution has been developed by local government agencies, including the Monetary Authority… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Announces the First Four Digital Banks to Receive Regulatory Approval

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on June 28, 2019, that it would issue up to two digital full bank (DFB) licenses and three digital wholesale bank (DWB) licenses. Last June, MAS announced that 14 out of 21 applications to become digital banks have met… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Announces that Non-Bank Financial Institutitions May Access Retail Payments Infrastructure

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s reserve bank and financial regulator, has revealed that eligible non-bank financial institutions (NFIs) will be able to gain direct access to the banking system’s retail payments infrastructure starting from February of next year. NFIs that are authorized to… Read More

Digital Finance: MAS MD Explains How Fintech Can Boost Financial Inclusion

In an interview as part of the Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival taking place this week, Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), discussed how Fintech or digital finance has been boosted by the COVID health crisis. Digital Transformation Menon shared that… Read More

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