Will Wall Street trading reforms benefit Asia?

America’s financial overhaul could move risk-taking to Asia.
As one of Asia's key financial centres, Hong Kong could benefit if US traders move offshore.
As one of Asia's key financial centres, Hong Kong could benefit if US traders move offshore.

Wall Street reforms might help to make Asian financial centres more attractive to US traders, according to our web poll last week. The new bill passed the House of Representatives last week and is expected to pass the Senate next week.

With much tighter restrictions on risk-taking if the rules come into effect, some market participants are predicting that a chunk of trading could move offshore. London would likely have benefited from that migration in the past, but these days regulators in the EU are planning their own crackdown in the wake of ballooning public debt -- and, in London itself, traders are also facing punitive taxes on over-sized bonuses.

Switzerland, which is...

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