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    Hong Kong to explore legalising crypto for retail investors

    HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong is “back in business” and exploring whether to legalise crypto trading by retail investors, the city’s finance chief announced yesterday, kicking off a week of conferences.

    Hong Kong is looking to relax regulations and claw back some of the business that has left.

    Years of strict pandemic controls have hammered the Asian finance hub’s economy and sparked an exodus of talent that authorities say they now want to reverse.

    A fintech conference opened yesterday and will be followed tomorrow by a finance summit attended by some of the world’s top bankers.

    “Hong Kong is open and inclusive towards the global community of innovators engaging in virtual asset businesses,” finance secretary Paul Chan told delegates at the fintech conference.

    “In a great many ways, we are telling the world that we are back in business,” he added, in a speech that had to be delivered remotely after he caught COVID last week during an overseas trip.

    In a new policy statement the government said it would launch a consultation to explore how the retail segment “may be given a suitable degree of access”. It added that Hong Kong was willing to review “property rights for tokenised assets and the legality of smart contracts”.

    Currently Hong Kong restricts exchanges to clients with portfolios of at least HKD8 million (USD1 million).

    Expanding permission to retail investors would allow far more regular residents to invest in cryptocurrencies and virtual assets. But that carries its own risks.

    There has been a global push to regulate the crypto market and protect investors following wild swings and a string of high-profile collapses.

    Critics say crypto is an ideal tool to generate investment bubbles, hide illicit wealth and enable scams.

    China, once one of the world’s largest crypto markets, banned transactions of digital currencies in 2021.

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