MARKETS & INVESTING | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Why is the SGX so keen on snapping up London's Baltic Exchange?

It's a "natural" step for the SGX.

Singapore Exchange's (SGX) bid to buy London's Baltic Exchange is aimed at burnishing its derivatives credentials among ship brokers and commodity merchants, fitting hand in glove with its efforts to develop Asian pricing benchmarks for bulk commodities.

The bourse has struggled in recent years, losing out to Hong Kong as the main destination for large IPOs in the region and the proposed acquisition is one of several efforts by new CEO Loh Boon Chye to revive its fortunes.

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