October 27, 2014

Singapore selected by BNY Mellon for new Foreign Exchange Dealing Room

Move in recognition of Singapore's growing status as a global centre of excellence for FX trading

SINGAPORE, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services, today officially opened a new foreign exchange (FX) dealing room in Singapore.  The new FX trading desk will focus on primary G10 currencies in addition to Korean Won NDF.

The new dealing room comprises an initial team of nine under the leadership of Keon Ho Kang, who has relocated to Singapore from BNY Mellon's Seoul branch as Head of FX Trading for Singapore. Kang joined BNY Mellon in 2010 from Woori Securities and reports into Richard Gill, Global Co-Head of FX Trading, based in London, and Mark Militello, Head of BNY Mellon's Asia-Pacific Global Markets business, based in Hong Kong. Prior to Woori, Kang spent 12 years with Citibank at their Korean and Singapore offices. The new G10 dealing team joins the company's 30-strong global markets operations team which is based in Singapore.

"Singapore has emerged as a core global financial centre," observes BNY Mellon's Gill.  "It therefore makes strategic sense to establish a desk in Singapore, particularly given its growing status as the largest FX trading location in Asia-Pacific."

FX trading in Singapore is one-seventh the size of that in the United Kingdom and less than a third of the United States total. The UK has 41% of the global market, followed by the US with 19%, according to the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the record-keeper of the world's central banks. Singapore is the world's third largest FX trading centre with 5.7% share, followed by Japan's 5.6% and Hong Kong's 4.1%.

BNY Mellon believes Singapore will continue to grow over the next five years.  Data from the Monetary Authority of Singapore shows how far Singapore has already come in a very short space of time.  The latest available data from BIS (published in February 2014) showed that the city's average daily FX volume increased to US$383 billion as of April 2013, up from $266 billion in the same month in 2010.  

"Singapore's rapid ascendancy to become the dominant FX trading hub in Asia-Pacific is not unexpected given its well-placed time-zone and robust financial infrastructure," observes BNY Mellon's Militello. "The increasing importance of Asian currencies and the sharp increase in Chinese renminbi (RMB) trading in particular, is expected to fuel a steady rise in trading volumes in Singapore."   

Militello added: "Local incentives from the Monetary Authority of Singapore have seen a recent surge in the number of fund managers domiciled in Singapore, and we expect that to continue to grow.  Accordingly, I expect we will continue to see further investment in Singapore by FX providers in respect of new jobs and technology, as it is important and fitting that these services are provided locally."

With foreign exchange sales and trading desks in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai, as well as New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, London and Brussels, BNY Mellon Global Markets has access to more than 100 countries, and is recognised by industry publications as a global leader in FX research and FX technology.  

Notes to editors:
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of Sept. 30, 2014, BNY Mellon had $28.3 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com, or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.

BNY Mellon Global Markets includes the foreign exchange business of The Bank of New York Mellon and the securities businesses of BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC1, an SEC registered broker dealer, and BNY Mellon Capital Markets EMEA Limited2.  Global Markets is part of the BNY Mellon Markets Group, which brings together the company's Global Markets, Global Collateral Services and Prime Services businesses. The Markets Group is focused on leveraging BNY Mellon's technological and operational strengths to provide innovative solutions that address our clients' evolving needs in respect of foreign exchange, capital markets, collateral and liquidity management, prime services and securities financing.

1.  BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC is an indirect-wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and a member of FINRA and SIPC. 

2.  BNY Mellon Capital Markets EMEA Limited is an indirect non-bank, broker-dealer subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Louisa Bartoszek
+44 30 7163 2826


This press release is for information purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. Issued by The Bank of New York Mellon – Singapore branch to members of the financial press and media. Principal place of business of The Bank of New York Mellon – Singapore Branch, One Temasek Avenue, #02-01 Millenia Tower, Singapore, 039192
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