Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), along with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), have successfully tested the use of blockchain technology for tokenized assets settlement, according to a SGX release issued Sunday, Nov. 11.

The report reveals the data on the trial that began in August, shortly after MAS and SGX had partnered with U.S. stock market Nasdaq, “big four” consulting company Deloitte, and Singaporean tech company Anquan. As per the release, the partners have developed a blockchain-driven solution for Delivery versus Payment (DvP) capabilities — a settlement procedure where the buyer’s payment for securities is due at the time of delivery.

The trial has shown that financial institutions and corporate investors are able to carry out the exchange and final settlement of tokenized assets on different blockchain platforms simultaneously. SGX believes that this could increase operational efficiency and reduce settlement risks. Moreover, the technology could further help automate DvP settlement processes by using smart contracts, the report concludes.

Tinku Gupta, Head of Technology at SGX, also revealed that the exchange has filed its first-ever patent:

“Based on the unique methodology that SGX developed to enable real-world interoperability of platforms, as well as the simultaneous exchange of digital tokens and securities, we have applied for our first-ever technology patent.”

As Cointelegraph has frequently reported, Singapore-based companies are actively testing blockchain solutions in different areas.

For example, in July, local government-owned service provider CrimsonLogic unveiled its cross-border blockchain network for global trade in order to boost the efficiency of trade corridors between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations. And in October, a major corporation providing electricity and gas transmission in Singapore, SP Group, launched a blockchain-powered renewable energy certificate marketplace to buy and sell solar energy worldwide.

In late October, Nasdaq also won a U.S. patent for a smart-contract based information release system, which would allow to keep data safe before the issue. The stock market is awaiting decisions for other blockchain-related patents as well.

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The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a warning about investing in nine digital tokens and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), which have not been accredited by the regulator, news outlet Bangkok Post reported Oct. 26.

The SEC reportedly initiated an investigation into digital tokens and ICOs being promoted on social media platforms for investment, and found nine cases wherein promoted digital assets had not been authorized by the market regulator.

Per the SEC, the alleged digital assets and ICOs have neither filed an application for the SEC’s approval, nor have they met the necessary qualifications and had smart contracts assessed by ICO portals. The SEC said that those who have invested in the alleged assets should be wary of associated investment risks.

The SEC reportedly reiterated a warning about Ponzi schemes that persuade people to invest in digital assets by promising investment returns generated from tokens. “Information disclosure for investment decision-making is also inadequate, while these digital assets might not have sufficient liquidity to trade and cannot be converted into cash,” the regulator added.

In August, the SEC said that almost 50 ICO projects expressed interest in becoming certified following the Finance Ministry’s announcement to introduce ICO regulations. The authorization process takes up to five months as upon submission of an application, the SEC will transfer the document to the Finance Ministry within 90 days. After that, the Ministry has 60 days to make a decision whether to approve a license.

Later that month, the SEC approved seven businesses to conduct cryptocurrency operations as part of the formalization of the country’s domestic market. The move forms part of a package of “transitional” rules governing crypto businesses operating in Thailand prior to the first tranche of regulations that came into force May 14.

The 100-section law defines cryptocurrencies as “digital assets and digital tokens,” and brought them under the regulatory jurisdiction of the SEC. Thai Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong reportedly assured that the new measures are not intended to prohibit cryptocurrencies or ICOs.

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