Hong Kong is set to become a major player in the cryptocurrency industry as they allow retail investors to trade crypto under its new rulebook for the sector. This move is part of Hong Kong’s effort to restore its status as a cutting-edge financial center and develop a digital-asset hub even as the industry and regulators clash elsewhere in Asia. The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) will let individual investors buy and sell bigger tokens like Bitcoin and Ether starting June 1 when a new licensing regime for virtual-asset platforms begins. This move aims to woo crypto firms while safeguarding investors and maintaining financial stability, according to Cici Lu, founder of Venn Link Partners, a blockchain advisor. Individual investors can trade larger coins on exchanges licensed by the SFC under Hong Kong's new approach, with safeguards including knowledge tests, appropriate risk profiling, and reasonable limits on exposure. The coins should be included in at least two acceptable, investible indexes from independent providers, one with experience in the traditional financial sector. The SFC said that licensed platforms are required to comply with a range of robust investor protection measures covering onboarding, governance, disclosure, and token due diligence and admission, before providing trading services to retail investors. This ensures that investors are protected from fraud and scams in the cryptocurrency industry. Hong Kong has long been a global financial center, but recent protests and political unrest have caused concerns about the city's future. By embracing digital assets, Hong Kong is positioning itself as a leading financial hub and a top destination for cryptocurrency investors. As more countries take steps towards regulating the cryptocurrency industry, Hong Kong's move may inspire other countries in the region to follow suit.