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Gain investment opportunities for covered short selling, arbitraging and hedging.
Investment Opportunities With Securities Borrowing and Lending

Covered Short Selling
Earn potential profits in a bear market by borrowing shares to short sell.

Assume you think that company ABC has a poor outlook in the coming months. Right now the stock is trading at SGD25, but you see it trading much lower than this price in the future. You decide to short sell this stock: 

Day 1: 
Borrowed and short sold 1,000 shares of stock ABC at SGD25
SGD25,000
Day 30: 
Bought and returned 1,000 shares of stock ABC at SGD20
SGD20,000
Your Gross Profit* SGD5,000

* Excluding brokerage/commission, clearing fees, SGX trading fees, borrowing costs, and relevant GST.

Arbitrage
Benefit from market inefficiencies arising from product mispricing. E.g. buy a long futures contract on a security and short sell the underlying security.


Hedging

Investors who are expecting to receive shares, options, rights, bonuses etc in due time can borrow the shares first, prior to receiving them, and sell them in the market to lock in the price that they want, and, upon receipt of the shares, return them to the lender.

Benefits of Securities Borrowing and Lending

Flexible Quantum of Borrowing
Borrow up to 2 times the collateral pledged, subject to our discretion.


Wide Range of Securities Accepted as Collateral

Cash and shares (subject to our discretion) listed on the Singapore Exchange are acceptable as collateral. A minimum collateral of SGD10,000 in cash and/or acceptable shares is required.


Wide Range of Securities Available for Borrowing

We have a wide range of securities available for borrowing.


Negotiable Borrowing Periods

Borrowing periods are negotiable, and start from a minimum of 4 market days.


No Maintenance Fees
We do not charge maintenance fees in relation to your Securities Borrowing and Lending account.

How Margin Call Works

What is the Minimum Maintenance Ratio?
The Minimum Maintenance Ratio is at least 140%.


What Happens when Maintenance Ratio < 140%?

A limit call will be triggered. You will be advised to deposit additional cash, marginable securities or buy back the borrowed securities and return them so as to bring the Maintenance Ratio up to or above 150% within 3 business days.


What Happens when Maintenance Ratio < 130%?
A forced buy-in call will be triggered. You will have to top up immediately, failing which we reserve the right to force sell your pledged securities or institute forced buy-in of the sold borrowed securities to bring the Maintenance Ratio up to or above 150% within the same day.

Risks Of Securities Borrowing And Lending

Recall Risk
Shares could be recalled by the lender at short notice. Shares may also be recalled due to corporate actions, or the investor may need to compensate the lender for the corporate actions involved.

Unlimited Upside Risk
Short selling can be risky because there is no guarantee that the price of a shorted share will drop. If the price rises, the investor would still have to cover the short sale and pay the higher market price, which could be substantially higher than the price at which the share was originally short sold.

Overexposure and Overtrading
Investors may tend to look only at the margin required and often fail to appreciate and take the full contract value into account. When investors trade in a large number of contracts, the total potential exposure of such contracts may be significantly beyond their financial resources.

Margin Calls
If an investor is unable to put in the additional funds for a margin call, the broker may close out the position without prior notice to you. Furthermore, the investor will still be liable for any further losses that may have resulted from the position being closed.

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