SINGAPORE: The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has refuted “market rumours” in news reports that it will establish a stock trading link along the lines of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect.
It released the following statement on Wednesday (Apr 15):
“In response to a query from our regulator, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, on 15 April 2015, Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX) wishes to make a clarification on market rumours in news reports including The Straits Times on 14 April 2015 and The Business Times on 15 April 2015, about a potential stock trading link with SGX along the lines of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect.
SGX is not currently in the process of establishing such a link, but remains open to future collaborations which benefit our partners and shareholders. SGX will notify the market of any material developments as required under the Securities and Futures Act and the SGX-ST Listing Rules.”
A stock trading link with China will make it easier for Chinese investors to buy Singapore-listed shares.
The Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect got off to a slow start when it was launched late last year. In recent weeks though, a surge of investments from mainland China has propelled Hong Kong stocks, including those of many smaller-cap firms, to multi-year highs.