Taiwan eases securities lending rules – changes go live Jan 1 2016

From the Taipai Times:

Guidelines governing securities lending are to be significantly eased and take effect on Jan. 1 next year, in an effort to improve the nation’s capital markets, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) said on Tuesday.

The change will allow securities lending between individual investors, securities finance companies and securities brokerages.

Retail investors are currently only allowed to borrow securities from the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corp (TWSE), brokerages and other financial institutions.

The new policy is not designed to promote short-term speculative trading, but to give investors the option to lend out idle securities to financial institutions in exchange for interest earnings, the commission said.

The full article is available at http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/biz/archives/2015/07/16/2003623110

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