The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state’s central financial institution and monetary regulator, has warned eight cryptocurrency exchanges in Singapore to not permit buying and selling in digital tokens which might be securities or futures contracts with out the regulator’s permission, it stated on Thursday.
“MAS has reminded the eight digital token exchanges to seek MAS’ authorization if the digital tokens traded on their platforms constitute securities or futures contracts under the Securities and Futures Act (SFA),” MAS stated.
“If the digital tokens constitute securities or futures contracts, the exchanges must immediately cease the trading of such digital tokens until they have been authorized as an approved exchange or recognized market operator by MAS.”
MAS has additionally requested the interruption of an preliminary coin providing (ICO), stating that the token issuer had been distributing tokens representing fairness possession in an organization. This supply was made with out a MAS-registered prospectus, which is a Securities and Futures Act (SFA) necessities.
MAS stated the issuer has ceased the supply and has token remedial actions to adjust to MAS’ rules. It has additionally returned all funds acquired from Singapore-based traders.
Lee Boon Ngiap, assistant managing director of capital markets at MAS, reminded that whereas there was no particular regulation for actions involving cryptocurrencies, token issuers and change operators that conduct actions involving tokens representing fairness possession should adjust to related rules.
“The number of digital token exchanges and digital token offerings in Singapore has been increasing. We do not see a need to restrict them if they are bona fide businesses. But if any digital token exchange, issuer or intermediary breaches our securities laws, MAS will take firm action,” Ngiap stated.
Singapore has emerged as a hotbed for ICOs and has develop into a most well-liked location for a lot of cryptocurrency startups and entrepreneurs within the area to conduct their token sale. By late-2017, ICOs in Singapore had raisedUS$260 million, the third nation by quantity behind the US with over US$1 billion and Russia with US$310 million, in keeping with a report by EY.