On 15 June, Singapore Exchange (SGX) will have dual currency trading for selected ETFs. This will make it easier for investors to trade foreign-currency denominated ETFs as they can now buy it in Singapore dollars and not deal with the hassle of converting currencies.
This will help provide investors with trading flexibility in accessing ETFs denominated in a foreign currency.
The following ETFs from BlackRock’s iShares and CIMB-Principal Asset Management will have a secondary trading counter in Singapore dollars:
The ETFs will be fungible, meaning an investor can buy and/or sell the ETF in US or Singapore dollars regardless of the currency in which it was first bought and/or sold. All the above ETFs are cash based full replication ETFs.
In March 2012, SGX had first introduced dual currency trading for securities with Hutchison Port Holdings Trust as the first listed security to launch dual currency units.
This is really a nice move by SGX and I hope they can offer more dual currency securities/ETFs.