Hong Kong is contemplating the introduction of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that directly invest in cryptocurrencies, aiming to establish itself as a digital-asset hub in the Asia-Pacific region. Securities and Futures Commission CEO Julia Leung is open to the idea, provided that regulatory concerns are addressed. This comes in the wake of the JPEX scandal and a broader regulatory effort to balance innovation with investor protection. The city currently allows futures-based crypto ETFs and is exploring tokenization to enhance its financial services. Retail investors may soon have access to major tokens on licensed exchanges, with plans to regulate stablecoins and potentially broaden access to digital assets. Hong Kong’s digital-asset strategy includes updates on tokenised funds and bonds.
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