TradeTech Asia 2017

October 24-October 26, 2017

The Hilton, Singapore

Contact Us: 65 6722 9455

AN ASIAN PERSPECTIVE ON KEY ISSUES CONCERNING TradeTech TODAY

Are you a trader?

I am sure you will agree, trading isn’t what it used to be. Liquidity is no longer abundant, electronic trading has increased its market share, brokers are looking to change their business models, latency is no longer king - how have you adapted to these changes?

We strive to ensure that our event covers the most up to date and relevant information to help you adapt and thrive in the current trading environment.

Gathering 600 delegates, with 300 from leading buy side institutions, TradeTech 2014 promises to be Asia’s leading trading event once again. Below are few key areas the conference will focus on:

  • Market update: Hear from leading buy-side firms in Asia, Europe and the US about their trading preferences, strategies and requirements.
  • Regulation: With an increasing pressure from regulators to track and report all trades, how can your firm best prepare for 2015?
  • China: Can investors effectively access China through the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect project?
  • Dark pools: Discussions that will shed light on its structure and associated regulatory requirements

What’s new about 2014?

  • SGX is a lead partner to the event and the conference will have their CEO, Magnus Bocker giving a keynote address on the morning of day one
  • Global heads of trading forum: Hear from Christophe Roupie, AXA Investment Managers and Christoph Mast, Allianz Global Investors on how critical Asia is to their global portfolio.
  • Be a part of an exclusive interview with Ronan Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer, IEX on how Michael Lewis’s book ‘Flash boys’ has impacted their business
  • Hong Kong – Shangai Connect project: Hear from experts such as Alfred Samson Hou, True Arrow Capital Management, Zennon Kapron, Kapron Asia and Nick Ronalds, Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association on how this market structure will benefit investors.

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The Volcker Rule, named after former United States Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volckner, restricts United States banks from making risky speculations and investments that could adversely affect their customers. Many economists believe that such risky speculation was a factor in the 2007 world financial crisis. Also considered as a ban on proprietary investment, this rule will take into effect on July 21, 2012.

But United States banks aren’t the only ones affected. Asian banks with branches in the United States are also affected by this ruling. Here are the ways that this rule could affect Asian banks:

Extraterritorial Reach

Asian banks are threatened by this new ruling because it has the potential of impeding their operations due to extraterritorial reach. Asian banks that have US branches, agencies or subsidiaries are affected by this such a rule. For example, a Singapore company that is not a bank but is 35 percent owned by a Swiss financial bank that has a US branch will be subjected to the ruling and its operations will be restricted wherever they are conducted. This has caused many Singapore banks and companies to express opposition against the rule.

Transactional Exemptions to the Rule

There are some narrow transaction exemptions to the ruling though. For Asian banks, the ruling exempts transactions solely made outside of the United States. For the exemption to apply, the bank may not be a US entity and must not be controlled, in any way by one. The foreign bank must also be considered a legitimate banking organization by US regulation K. Due to this, only foreign banks and their subsidiaries will have the ability to take advantage of this exemption.

Written Compliance Policies

For those Asian banks affected by this regulation, they are required to comply and report on covered entities. These requirements vary from institution to institution. Larger banks with a significant scope of activities will have more extensive requirements. For instance, for a large bank that has various transactions, they will require detailed written compliance policies, record keeping, management framework, internal training and detailed reporting of the entity’s trading activities.

The Volcker Rule is slated to take effect this July 21, 2012. Its effects on offshore banks and non-US entities are extensive. Those entities that are affected by the ruling are given until July 2014 to comply. It is important for Asian banks to determine the effects of this regulation on their current business practices.