Market Link Guide - Singapore


Key features

CSD link as defined under CSDRa


Type of link

Indirect via DBS Bank Ltd, Singapore to:

  • The Central Depository (Pte) Limited (CDP)
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

a. CSD Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 art. 2 (29)




CDP (equities and corporate bonds)

MAS (government bonds)

DBS Bank Ltd


 Not available



CDP:  549300CMH3J8ASUM8N29

MAS: 54930035WQZLGC45RZ35


Country of incorporation



Account type

Omnibus account

Omnibus account

Legal Account name / holder

CDP: in the name of DBS Nominees Private Ltd Clearstream Banking

MAS: in the name of DBS Bank Ltd

DBS Bank Ltd as the participant in CDP and MAS does not hold an individually segregated account for CBL at either CSD.

Clearstream Banking SA

Operational arrangements

Settlement free of paymentYes 
Settlement against paymentYes

Eligible settlement currency: Singapore Dollar (SGD);
U.S. Dollar (USD).

Settlement against payment in central bank money account of CBL/CBL customersYes

CBL holds a cash account at the depository. Against payment settlement in CDP takes place on the cash account of DBS at the settlement banks.

Against payment settlement in SGD in MAS takes place on the DBS cash account in MEPS+ system of the MAS.

Bridge settlementYes 
Shaping facilityNo 
Partial settlementNo 
Settlement penalty feesYesRefer to the Market Profile.
Back-to-back processingYes 
Automatic compensationNo 
Registered securitiesYesRegistration takes place automatically upon settlement.
Multi Market SecuritiesYesRefer to the Multi-Market Securities Guide.
Lending and borrowingYesAvailable only within Clearstream. Debt securities only.
Proxy votingYes 
Investment FundsYesExchange Traded Funds
Liquidity Hub ConnectYes 
Sale and purchase of rightsYes  
Repo servicesYesInternal. Refer to the CmaX Product Guide.
Market restrictionsYesHolding restrictions apply.
Daily reconciliationYes 
Bilateral cancellationYes/ No

CDP: Bilateral cancellation is mandatory before settlement date settlement cut-off time of 12:00 SGT for matched instructions.

MAS: Unilateral cancellation is allowed prior to settlement.

Settlement finality

CDP: Finality takes place after the night batch, once securities are transferred. 

MAS:  Finality is simultaneous and real time upon confirmation of securities and cash movement. 

Legal arrangements

The below section is based on the legal opinion that was issued on 20 March 2019. The information is provided for guidance only and should not be considered in isolation or as constituting a complete or definitive legal advice on any specific matter.

No insolvency proceedings against the custodian


Liability for negligence


Book-entry regime with in rem rights

Although local law does not explicitly provide for a book entry regime, book-entry transfers of fungible securities deposited with the custodian should be upheld by a local court.

Recognition of nominee concept


No right of retention to the custodian


Segregation of assets at the custodian


No right of use


No upper-tier attachments

Confirmed. Local laws and regulations do not explicitly prohibit upper tier attachment of the securities credited to the accounts. If the custodian holds the securities for CBL and its customers "on-trust", upper-tier attachment is prohibited.

Insolvency of the custodian with no impact on CBL's rights 


Shortfall pro-rated among holders

Local laws and regulations do not provide that shortfall will be borne by all relevant account holders. However, the local court may decide to allocate remaining securities on a pro rata basis.

Settlement finality in case of insolvency

Local law does not provide for restrictions on the reversals of debit or credit entries to relevant accounts and for settlement finality.