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UBS Group (UBS) to Begin eFX Trading Engine in Singapore

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UBS Group AG (UBS - Free Report) recently announced plans to set up an electronic Foreign Exchange (eFX) pricing and trading engine in Singapore. The platform is expected to become accessible in the second quarter of 2019. UBS Group is the first global bank to undertake such a step.

For the recent move, the company has entered into a partnership with Singapore’s central Bank and financial regulatory authority — The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

While Singapore is the world’s third largest foreign exchange centre, it ranks first in the Asia-Pacific region. The MAS has been trying to expand and strengthen the trading infrastructure in a bid to boost price discovery and transparency in Singapore’s foreign exchange market. Induction of this eFX facility is expected to support the MAS’ efforts.

Per UBS Group’s management, the eFX engine will boost liquidity in foreign exchange market of the Asia-Pacific region, in addition to enhancing the company’s growth prospects.

Per a survey conducted by Euromoney, an internationally recognized banking and capital markets magazine, UBS Group has been ranked second in terms of share in the global foreign exchange market. The bank holds around 8.25% of the total market share. With the introduction of the eFX trading platform, its share will likely increase further.

Shares of UBS Group have gained 2.1% over the past three months, against the 5.3% decline recorded by the industry.

Currently, UBS Group carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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