MAS assures bank stability in Singapore amidst Credit Suisse crisis

The Financial Authority of Singapore (MAS) introduced yesterday (March 16) that it has been in shut contact with the Swiss Monetary Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), the dad or mum supervisory authority of Credit score Suisse, on latest developments surrounding the financial institution.
The Credit score Suisse department in Singapore has its primary actions in non-public banking and funding banking, and doesn’t serve retail prospects.
FINMA and the Swiss Nationwide Financial institution (SNB) have additionally issued a joint assertion on Wednesday (March 15) affirming that Credit score Suisse continues to satisfy the upper capital and liquidity necessities relevant to Swiss systemically necessary banks.
Amidst fears of a wider monetary disaster, MAS assured that Singapore’s banking system stays “sound and resilient”.
The banks in Singapore are well-capitalised, and bear common stress assessments in opposition to credit score and different dangers. Their liquidity positions are wholesome, underpinned by a secure and diversified funding base, added MAS.
These banks have additionally confirmed that their exposures to Credit score Suisse are insignificant. Nonetheless, following the string of United States financial institution failures in addition to fears of a wider monetary disaster, the shares of Singapore banks have slumped yesterday.
Credit score Suisse noticed its shares plunge greater than 30 %
Credit score Suisse, the second largest financial institution in Switzerland, noticed its shares plunge greater than 30 per cent after Ammar al-Khudairy, chairman of its largest shareholder, Saudi Nationwide Financial institution, stated that it might not purchase extra shares within the Swiss financial institution on regulatory grounds.
Costs on Credit score Suisse’s bonds additionally fell to distressed ranges, indicating that buyers have been pricing within the chance the financial institution may default.
Nonetheless, the shares of the financial institution bounced again as a lot as 40 per cent the next day (March 16) in early Zurich buying and selling after it managed to safe a mortgage amounting 50 billion Swiss Franc (S$72.52 billion) from SNB.
Credit score Suisse is without doubt one of the 30 world monetary establishments which are deemed to be “too massive to fail”, and is designated as being systemically necessary by the worldwide Monetary Stability Board.
The failure of the financial institution may ship shockwaves throughout monetary markets, and closely affect the well being of the worldwide banking system.
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