Singapore fines UBS US$8m for deceptive trades

The logo of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is pictured at its building in Singapore in this February 21, 2013 file photo. — Reuters pic
The logo of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is pictured at its building in Singapore in this February 21, 2013 file photo. — Reuters pic

SINGAPORE, Nov 15 — Singapore has fined Swiss banking giant UBS S$11.2 million (RM34.15 million) after investigations showed its advisors deceived clients about prices for bonds and other financial products.

The city-state’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), said UBS had admitted liability for its advisors’ actions and paid a civil penalty.

“The conduct of UBS through its representatives is unacceptable and has no place in the financial services industry where trust and integrity are paramount,” said Ong Chong Tee, deputy managing director, financial supervision, at MAS.

Authorities took into account that UBS had agreed to compensate affected clients and cooperated fully during the investigation when they decided on the penalty, Ong said in a statement yesterday.

UBS had raised concerns about malpractice by client advisors in Hong Kong and Singapore in 2016, prompting the central bank to launch a probe.

Among problems discovered were that advisors failed to disclose — or made only partial disclosure — of price changes and overcharged clients, the bank said.

The penalty relates to transactions executed from 2014 onwards in Singapore-managed accounts, it said. 

Earlier this week, Hong Kong authorities fined UBS HK$400 million (US$51 million) for overcharging global customers for almost a decade.  — AFP  

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