White Paper: Accessing the Asian Markets


The Asian financial markets today are attracting an unprecedented level of interest from Western firms, particularly now that those markets have become more accessible than ever before.



Ever since the Silk Road was first established as a trading route between the East and the West over a thousand years ago, Asian markets have presented Westerners with a myriad of interesting and unusual trading and investment opportunities.

Fast-forward to the present day and that continues to be the case. The Asian financial markets today are attracting an unprecedented level of interest from Western firms, particularly now that those markets have become more accessible than ever before.

Why Asia?

According to the World Economics Forum’s 2013/14 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI)1, which measures the conditions for economic development, productivity and prosperity in 148 economies, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan all rank in the top ten.

So it is no surprise that these markets in particular are attracting such interest from the international community. Helping to stimulate that interest are the combined factors of deregulation and technology, which are opening up the markets in new and exciting ways.

Introduction 3
Why Asia? 4
Deregulation 4
Technology 4
New Trading Venues 4
Diversity of Market Participants 5
Buy-Side 5
Proprietary Traders 6
Sell-Side 6
Diversity of Asset Classes 7
Cash Equities 7
Listed Derivatives 8
Foreign Exchange 9
Regulatory Framework in Asia 11
Japan 11
China 12
Technology Infrastructure and Connectivity 13
Trading Platforms 13
Colocation and Connectivity 14
Conclusion 15

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