Singapore regulators mulling more restrictive crypto policies

Quick Take

  • The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) could move to limit retail participation in crypto, according to a new statement.
  • Singapore’s regulator has been expanding its oversight of the country’s crypto space.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) says it is considering more restrictive crypto regulations, the financial regulator stated in a letter to the country’s parliament dated July 4.

According to Tharman Shanmugaratnam, senior minister and minister in charge of MAS, the regulator is considering measures that will offer more protection to retail participants in the crypto market.

“These may include placing limits on retail participation, and rules on the use of leverage when transacting in cryptocurrencies,” the letter stated.


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The letter signals the MAS plans to further its policy of strict crypto market oversight. The regulator cracked down on crypto marketing campaigns at the start of the year and has enacted a licensing regime for cryptocurrency businesses in the country.

MAS has previously stated its desire to deal with bad actors in the crypto space, as previously reported by The Block. Singapore’s financial regulator recently reprimanded Three Arrows Capital, accusing the embattled hedge fund of misrepresenting its asset holdings to the regulatory agency.

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Osato is a news reporter at The Block as part of the crypto ecosystems team that focuses on DAO governance, staking, blockchain layers, and DeFi. He was previously a news reporter at Cointelegraph. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, he enjoys crosswords, poker, and attempting to beat his Scrabble high score. Follow him on Twitter at @OsatoNomayo.