Singapore sets new liquidity levels for banks

SINGAPORE - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today, 27 July, moved to introduce a new risk-based liquidity supervision system for banks, which will increase their flexibility to manage funds but may not immediately boost profits, analysts said.

The central bank said from next May lenders can choose to keep minimum liquid assets (MLA) at a level between 12 and 18 percent compared with an existing 18 percent minimum, if they can meet specific risk-related requirements.

"The new framework is

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