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Growth in Singapore digital securities exchanges is also spurring initiatives in other Asian countries such as Thailand and Japan, confirming its regional hub status.
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Singapore emerges as Asia's digital securities trading hub

Blockchain-backed exchanges bet on the region's growing private assets

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Singapore

SINGAPORE -- While Tesla's $1.5 billion investment in bitcoin has added to recent excitement over cryptocurrencies, the blockchain technology that underlies their use is creating another opportunity in capital markets -- which Singapore is doing its best to capture.

The city-state, one of Asia's bigger financial centers, is emerging as a trading hub for digital securities, or security tokens backed by financial assets. Exchanges to trade these innovative securities are being set up by both local and external players, which hope to attract issuers and investors to their platforms. Growth in Singapore is also spurring initiatives in other Asian countries such as Thailand and Japan, confirming its regional hub status.

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