UK Chancellor George Osborne has warned a potential slowdown in China and conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the Middle East could hit the British economy.
An OTC equity clearing platform developed by Traiana demonstrated some unexpected efficiencies during the China market crisis.
While investors are keen to see China's bond market opened up, there are major barriers to copying the Stock Connect model.
Expected changes to Stock Connect in 2016 should clarify issues around beneficial ownership and expand the scheme's scope.
Rumours that the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect is due to launch imminently have caused chaos for local markets, but HKEx said it has not yet received regulatory approval.