All change for Asia's exchanges

Globalization and the internet are forcing huge changes in the way stocks are issued and traded in Asia. But there''s a danger stock exchanges could become too lax as they transform their role.

A recent flurry of announcements has revealed the deep extent to which Asia's financial markets are being transformed. First, Chinese officials said they were looking at consolidating all the country's stock markets under one exchange. Yesterday, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing began trials of a new system, AMS3, that takes the broker out of stock trading. And, on the same day, the Singapore Exchange and the Australian Stock Exchange unveiled plans to form a link so that traders in Australia can directly buy and sell Singapore stocks and Singapore traders can directly buy and sell Australian stocks.

These three announcements come hot on theĀ heels of other developments that are changing the...

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