Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) is Australia's primary securities exchange. ASX stands for Australian Securities Exchange. It was created by the merger of the Australian Stock Exchange and the Sydney Futures Exchange in July 2006 and is one of the world’s top-10 listed exchange groups measured by market capitalisation.
ASX is an integrated exchange offering listings, trading, clearing, settlement, technical and information services, technology, data and other post-trade services.
ASX acts as a market operator, clearing house and payments system facilitator. It oversees compliance with its operating rules, promotes standards of corporate governance among Australia’s listed companies and helps to educate retail investors.
ASX operates markets for a wide range of asset classes including equities, fixed income, commodities and energy. As a vertically-integrated exchange, ASX’s activities span primary and secondary market services, including the raising, allocation and hedging of capital flows; trading and price discovery; central counterparty risk transfer; and securities settlement for both the equities and fixed income markets. Its business operations include:
1. Listings and issuer services
2. Derivatives and OTC markets
3. Trading services
4. Equity post-trade services
ASX Compliance function oversees compliance by listed entities and market participants with ASX listing and operating rules, respectively. Confidence in the operations of ASX is reinforced by the market supervision and regulatory role undertaken by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) across all trading venues and clearing and settlement facilities, as well as through the Reserve Bank of Australia's oversight of financial system stability. ASIC also supervises ASX’s own compliance as a listed public company.
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