Hong Kong’s financial regulators have reminded banks not to be too quick in rejecting clients involved in digital assets. The move comes as some banks have been rejecting clients involved in digital assets due to concerns over money laundering and other risks.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have issued a joint statement reminding banks that they should not automatically reject clients involved in digital assets. The statement notes that banks should assess each client on a case-by-case basis and take into account factors such as the client’s risk profile and the nature of the digital asset involved.
The regulators note that while digital assets do pose risks, they also have the potential to bring benefits to the financial system. They also note that rejecting clients involved in digital assets could drive them to use unregulated platforms, which could increase the risks to the financial system.
The reminder comes as some banks have been rejecting clients involved in digital assets. In some cases, banks have closed accounts without warning, leaving clients without access to their funds. The move has caused concern among digital asset investors and has led to calls for clearer regulations.
The regulators note that they are working on developing a regulatory framework for digital assets. They also note that they are working with other regulators around the world to develop international standards for digital assets.
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The reminder from Hong Kong’s financial regulators is a welcome move for digital asset investors who have been facing difficulties in accessing banking services. The move also highlights the need for clearer regulations around digital assets, which could help to reduce the risks associated with these assets.