PETALING JAYA: The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is seeking public feedback on a raft of proposed changes to SGX’s rules on securities trading and market practices. It said in a statement that the objectives of the proposed changes include adopting a more principles-based, rather than prescriptive approach and ensuring rules remain relevant as market practices evolve. For instance, trading members will have full flexibility to set the amount of security deposit required of a remisier after conducting a credit assessment. “They can also negotiate the terms of their agreement with their remisiers. This eases the entry of new remisiers to the industry.” SGX said it will no longer mandate senior management pre-approval for staff securities trading, so long measures are in place to guard against the misuse of confidential information. “Trading representatives (TRs) engaging in their own business activities – apart from trading in securities – also no longer require SGX’s oversight; members will be responsible for ensuring that such activities do not conflict with the TR’s trading activities and compromise customers’ interest.” SGX said requirements governing customer account opening will become less prescriptive and members are to ensure that any account opening is duly authorised. “Management oversight of a securities broking firm is vested upon persons who are registered as approved executive directors with SGX.” While registering of the CEO is currently practised by all members, many also register their executive directors with SGX. “We propose to require only CEO registration as this person is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day management of the entire member firm and its activities.” The public consultation is open till Nov 7, 2017.