By Roslan Khasawneh, Jessica Jaganathan and Anshuman Daga
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Commodity trade financiers in Singapore are teaming up to strengthen lending practices and improve transparency in the sector following a spate of defaults at trading firms, four sources with knowledge of the matter said.
Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd, one of Asia’s biggest oil traders, and three other Singapore-based commodity traders ran into severe financial difficulties this year, hit hard by an oil price crash and a slump in fuel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Commodity trade finance chiefs from about 20 banks including HSBC Holdings Plc (LON:), DBS Group (OTC:) Holdings Ltd and OCBC, have formed a working group to propose new guidelines, the sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity as the news has not been made public.
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