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Recent Characteristics of FX Markets in Asia \A Comparison of Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong SAR \

Kazuaki Washimi and Yoichi Kadogawa
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Kazuaki Washimi: Bank of Japan
Yoichi Kadogawa: Bank of Japan

No 20-E-3, Bank of Japan Review Series from Bank of Japan

Abstract: In recent years, turnovers of Foreign Exchange (FX) trading in Singapore and Hong Kong SAR have outweighed those of Japan, and the gap between the two cities and Japan continues to stretch. The two cities consolidate trading of G10 currencies by institutional investors and others by advancing electronic trading. Additionally, a number of treasury departments of overseas financial/non-financial firms are attracted to the two cities, contributing to the increasing trading of Asian currencies in tandem with expanding goods and services trades between China and the ASEAN countries. At this juncture, FX trading related to capital account transactions is relatively small in Asia partly due to capital control measures. However, in the medium to long term, capital account transactions could increase, which would positively affect FX trading. Thinking ahead on post-COVID-19, receiving such capital flows would positively impact on revitalizing the Tokyo FX market, thereby developing Japan fs overall financial markets including capital markets.

Keywords: Foreign exchange; Market structure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F31 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-07-02
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