Asia has long resisted high-frequency trading, but the landscape is changing because of market demand, consolidation of stock exchanges and greater acceptance of the trading strategy by regional regulators. "The regulators have started to be more proactive in terms of trying to meet the requirements of firms interested in [high-frequency trading]," said Anshuman Jaswal, an analyst at Celent. However, many remain concerned, after a "flash crash" caused havoc in the U.S. last year.

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