Taipei Exchange

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Taipei Exchange
Founded 1994
Headquarters Taipei, Taiwan
Key People Edith Lee, Managing Director and CEO
Products OTC securities

The Taipei Exchange, formerly known as the GreTai Securities Market (GTSM) is an over-the-counter market for Taiwanese securities. The GTSM forged links with two neighboring south-east Asian securities exchanges in 2009-10 to distribute Taiwanese investments around the region and connect Taiwanese investors to global markets.

Taipei Exchange is a Primary Member of CCP Global, the global association of Central Counterparties (CCP), which represents 42 members who operate more than 60 individual CCPs across EMEA, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region.[1]


The Taipei Exchange was formed as the GreTai Securities Market in 1994, 12 years after the Taiwanese government re-introduced OTC bond trading and six years after the Taipei Securities Dealers Association (TSDA) began trading stocks OTC. In 2002, the GTSM began introducing listed derivatives contracts for trading and also joined the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) as a full member and the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) as a correspondent.[2]

In 2004, the GTSM entered a joint venture with the global financial information company Reuters to develop a new 10-year Government Bond Benchmark Index, calculated on a volume-weighted average method from total trading volumes and average yields on the GTSM's electronic trading systems.[3] Five years later GTSM launched another partnership, this time with interdealer broker ICAP, to launch Taiwan-based trading of U.S. treasury bonds via ICAP's liquidity pools. The agreement integrates GTSM's bond-trading platform with ICAP's BrokerTec matching engine and followed the lifting in 2009 of restrictions on Taiwan-based trading of foreign-government bonds.[4]

THe GTSM was purchased by the government-owned Securities and Futures Financial Holding Co. on July 1, 2006, when it officially became known as OTC (although unofficially it was still called Gre Tai) as a corporation.[5] The Taiwan Stock Exchange, Taiwan Futures Exchange and Taiwan Depository and Clearing Corp. were subsequently incorporated under the same ownership.[6]

The GTSM signed a March 2010 memorandum of understanding with Bursa Malaysia to share training, technology and ultimately listings and trading platforms.[7] GTSM signed an almost identical agreement with Bursa Malaysia's neighbor, the Singapore Exchange (SGX), in November 2009.[8] That deal also included an agreement between the two exchanges to jointly list exchange-traded funds based on the exchange's stock index.[9]


Market capitalization of OTC shares on the GTSM rose by almost 150% in 2009 to reach US$59.26 million while its benchmark index rose more than 130% to hit 150.05 on the last day of trading in 2009.[10] Daily transaction volume for OTC shares on the GTSM climbed more than 58% compared to 2008, while warrant trading volume also set a single-year record.

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