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SGX to list structured certificates, a first in Asia

Samantha Chiew
Samantha Chiew • 3 min read
SGX to list structured certificates, a first in Asia
SGX launches Asia's first structured certificates. Photo: Bloomberg
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Local bourse Singapore Exchange (SGX) S68 -

today announced the launch of structured certificates, which will be listed and available for trading from Aug 30. SGX is the first exchange in Asia to offer trading in structured certificates, providing investors with enhanced access to a new range of products that cater to different investor profiles and needs.

Structured Certificates are third-party issued financial instruments designed to meet the specific needs of investors such as yield enhancements and growth payoffs. Commonly traded in Europe, the returns of these products are defined by their payoff profiles that are dependent on the performance of an underlying asset such as a single stock or equity index.

With the introduction of these certificates on SGX, Specified Investment Products (SIP)-certified investors will have a wider range of options to manage their portfolios on exchange, including trading in a rising, falling or rangebound market. Investors will have new ways to trade Asian underlying assets on SGX beyond the existing broad suite of direct stocks, ETFs and leveraged products.

The inaugural issue of Structured Certificates is a yield enhancement product linked to Alibaba Group Holding (9988.HK) and is designed with an autocall feature. This product provides investors with the opportunity to earn distributions but with potential for early redemption. Societe Generale is the issuer and UOB and UOB Kay Hian are the primary distributors.

Michael Syn, Senior Managing Director and Head of Equities, SGX Group, said, “We are delighted to work with Societe Generale, UOB and UOB Kay Hian, to pioneer the listing of Structured Certificates on exchange in Asia. Investors’ appetite for listed structured products has grown and there is strong demand for more options that offer both risk management and enhanced returns. As our customers become increasingly sophisticated, Structured Certificates will bring a new dimension to our diverse suite of products and enable investors to capture more opportunities in today’s dynamic markets.”

Olivia Chen, Head of Distribution Sales, South-east Asia and Australia, Societe Generale, said, “As a leading Structured Products issuer, we are always thinking innovatively to meet investors’ needs for diversification and market access, more transparency and liquidity. We are pleased to partner with SGX for the market-first Autocallable certificates, supporting our customers’ investment strategies amidst changing market conditions.”

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Jacquelyn Tan, Head, Group Personal Financial Services, UOB, said, “UOB supports innovation and strives to offer our customers across the wealth continuum a wider range of solutions and products that caters to their different needs and priorities. We are pleased to work with SGX Group and Societe Generale to bring a new option to the market. As a leading distributor with a track record in pay-offs performance and also the widening our client base for such products, we look forward to support eligible clients in gaining better understanding and market accessibility to this new product via our distribution network and to support them in their wealth journey through UOB’s proprietary Risk-First approach.”

Kok Heng Loong, Executive Director, UOB Kay Hian, said, “We are excited to share our expanded expertise in structured products, making Autocallable certificates now available to SIP-qualified clients. Our collaboration with SGX Group and Societe Generale has introduced new possibilities to our clients, making portfolio enhancement more accessible and efficient. This partnership marks a significant milestone exemplifying UOBKH’s dedication in driving financial growth for a diverse range of investors.”

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