Financial Regulations and Stability of Banking Systems: A Case Study of Citibank in Singapore


  • Supaat Thia Quinn National University of Singapore
  • Pritam Khiang Hsu National University of Singapore
  • Singh Saktiandi Ashraf National University of Singapore



Financial regulations are essential for maintaining the stability and soundness of banking systems. These regulations establish guidelines and requirements for banks to ensure they have sufficient capital, manage liquidity effectively, and mitigate risks. By enforcing financial regulations, regulatory authorities promote transparency, protect depositors' interests, and prevent financial crimes. Ultimately, a robust regulatory framework contributes to a stable banking system that can withstand economic shocks and safeguard the overall financial health of an economy. The study found that the financial regulations imposed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have proven to be effective in ensuring the stability and resilience of the banking system in Singapore. Citibank has implemented robust risk management practices in accordance with the financial regulations in Singapore. Regular audits, inspections, and compliance assessments conducted by the MAS help maintain the integrity of Citibank's operations and promote a culture of compliance within the bank. The MAS actively participates in international forums, exchanges knowledge, and harmonizes regulatory standards to address cross-border risks and maintain the stability of the financial system. The study concluded that the MAS plays a crucial role in overseeing and regulating the financial sector in Singapore, with a primary focus on maintaining stability, ensuring sound governance, and protecting the interests of stakeholders. Excessive regulations may hinder innovation and impede the competitiveness of banks, while inadequate regulations may leave the financial system vulnerable to risks. The study recommended that financial regulations should emphasize the importance of transparency and disclosure, enabling stakeholders to make informed decisions. The MAS should encourage banks to provide clear and accurate financial statements and disclosures that adhere to international accounting standards. The regulatory framework should encourage banks to adopt and leverage emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and digital identity, while ensuring robust cybersecurity measures and stringent data protection standards.

Keywords: Financial Regulations, Stability, Banking Systems, Singapore

Author Biographies

Supaat Thia Quinn, National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore

Pritam Khiang Hsu , National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore

Singh Saktiandi Ashraf, National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore


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How to Cite

Quinn, S. T., Hsu , P. K., & Ashraf, S. S. (2023). Financial Regulations and Stability of Banking Systems: A Case Study of Citibank in Singapore. Journal of Finance and Accounting, 7(4), 1–10.