SEC to commence regulatory fee on Fixed Income (bonds) secondary market transactions

The Securities and Exchange Commission has notified Capital Market Operators (CMOs) and stakeholders that a regulatory fee structure on secondary market transactions on Bonds will take effect from January 1, 2022.

Secondary market transactions on Bonds shall include bond transactions executed on a Securities Exchange (Exchange), reported by voice or by any other means to an Exchange as having being transacted thereon or of which the information of the transaction details are featured on the Exchange’s platform for purposes including but not limited to onward transmission to a Depository for settlement, price discovery and corporate disclosure.

By this fee structure, the SEC will charge 0.025% of the total value of all secondary market transactions on Bonds, while the Securities Exchange on which the transaction occurs will charge an amount not exceeding 0.025% of the total value of secondary market transactions on Bonds.

Bond transactions by Dealing Members will attract a single regulatory fee of 0.0001% of the total value of the secondary market transactions on Bonds, and are exempt from the 0.025% fee charge earlier stated.

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