Product Descriptions 
10/10/2006 
 

Mini-Hang Seng Index Futures & Options

To meet the needs of retail investors with an interest in the Hong Kong stock market, the Hong Kong Futures Exchange (HKFE) has introduced a Mini-Hang Seng Index (Mini-HSI) futures contract since 9 October 2000.  To complement Mini-HSI futures, Mini-HSI option contracts was launched on 18 November 2002.

The compact, Mini-HSI futures & option contracts are based on Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index (HSI), which is also the underlying index for the larger sized HSI futures & option contracts. The contract multiplier of the Mini-HSI futures & option contracts are HK$10.00 or one-fifth the size of the HSI futures & option contracts. Same as the HSI futures & option contracts, the settlement method for the mini contracts are cash settled.

Local retail investors who have less risk capital and lower hedging requirements will find the Mini-HSI futures and option contracts the most appropriate investment tools as well as hedging instruments for managing their market risk.

Advantages

  • Tailor-made for retail investors
    The Mini-HSI futures & option contracts inherit the advantages of the larger sized HSI futures & option contracts but are tailored for individuals with limited risk capital. The smaller contract size allows experienced and novice investors alike to participate in the performance of the constituent stocks in the index in a graduated scale.
  • Low Costs
    As the Mini-HSI futures & option contracts is one-fifth the size of the HSI futures & option contracts, the corresponding margin requirements and commission are much lower.
  • Margin Offset
    One hundred per cent margin offset between Mini-HSI and HSI futures, and between Mini-HSI and HSI options allows for flexible investment management
  • Electronic Trading Platform
    Like all other products traded on the Exchange, Mini-HSI futures & option contracts will be traded electronically on HKATS, where all orders are matched based on price and time priority. Bid, offer and transaction prices are disseminated in real-time to the public and providing the highest level of price and market transparency.
  • Clearing House Guarantee
    Mini-HSI futures & option are registered, cleared and guaranteed by the HKFE Clearing Corporation (HKCC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the HKFE. The HKCC acts as the counter-party to all open contracts, which effectively eliminates counter-party risks between its HKCC Participants. The HKCC guarantee does not cover an HKCC Participant's obligations to its clients. Investors should exercise due care and diligence when deciding through whom they will conduct business.