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One-Month HIBOR Futures

Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate (HIBOR) is the rate on which Hong Kong dollar-denominated instruments are traded between banks in Hong Kong. Fixing rates (ranging from 1 to 12-month) are set at 11:00 a.m. (Hong Kong time) based on HIBOR quotations provided by 20 banks designated by the Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB). By eliminating the three highest (or in the case of equality, three of the highest) and the three lowest (or in the case of equality, three of the lowest) of such HIBOR quotations, the arithmetic mean of the remaining 14 offered rates for each period (rounded up to five decimal places) shall represent the HKAB interest settlement rates.

With the unsettling events in the Asian currency markets since 1997, Hong Kong dollar interest rate fluctuations have increased. Hong Kong dollar investors are increasingly concerned with interest rate volatility and are employing different risk management tools to hedge their exposures. This reinforces the value of interest rates futures as effective hedging instruments.

The One-Month HIBOR and Three-Month HIBOR futures contracts are based on the One-Month and Three-Month HIBORs, which are the benchmarks for short-term interest rates in the Hong Kong dollar money market.

HKFE's introduction of One-Month HIBOR futures contracts on 20 October 1998, and Three-Month HIBOR futures contracts on 26 September 1997 provides a set of interest rate products which allow market participants to manage their interest rate exposures more effectively.

Updated 21 Nov 2017


Trading Benefits

  • Flexibility of trading and hedging strategies for various market conditions
  • Limited counterparty risks
  • Transparency and efficiency of standardised
  • Exchange-traded contracts
  • Cost effectiveness of trading on a margin basis
  • Block trade facilities supported by the HKATS
  • Variety of eight contract-month tenors, the longest being 16 months


Contract Summary

One-Month HIBOR Futures

Item Contract Terms
Underlying Interest Rate   One-Month Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate
HKATS Code   HB1
Contract Size   HK$15,000,000
Minimum Fluctuation one (1) basis point (0.01 of one percent)
The value of a Minimum Fluctuation is calculated as the Contract Size multiplied by a basis point multiplied by one twelfth of a year.
HK$15,000,000 x 0.0001 x 1/12 = HK$125.00
Contract Months   Spot month and the next five calendar months
Contracted Value   Contracted price multiplied by the value of a minimum fluctuation multiplied by 100
[e.g. 95.50 x (HK$15,000,000 x 0.0001 x 1/12) x 100]
Price Quotation   One hundred (100.00) minus the interest rate
Trading Hours   8:30 am - 12:00 noon & 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
(Expiring contract month closes at 11:00am on the Last Trading Day)
Last Trading Day   The last trading day of a contract shall be two business days before the third Wednesday of the contract month
Final Settlement Day     The third Wednesday of the contract month.

(If the third Wednesday of such contract month is not a business day, then the Final Settlement Day of the contract shall be the next business day following the third Wednesday of the contract month)
Final Settlement Price     One hundred (100.00) minus the one-month HKAB HKD Interest Settlement Rate quoted at approximately 11:15 a.m. on the Last Trading Day, rounded to the nearest 2 decimal places

 (100.00 -  HKAB HKD Interest Settlement Rate = Final Settlement Price)
Settlement Method   Cash settlement
Transaction Costs Exchange Fee                 HK$5.00
Commission Levy            HK$0.54
Commission Rate            Negotiable

HKAB: The Hong Kong Association of Banks

List of Market Makers or Liquidity Providers

Lists of Market Makers or Liquidity Providers in Futures Exchange Products

Interest Rate and Fixed Income Products

Providing Continuous Quotes
  Market Makers / Liquidity Providers
Three Month HIBOR Futures  *  *
 One Month HIBOR Futures  *  * 


* refers to a Futures Exchange Participant acting as a Market Maker or Liquidity Provider in Futures Exchange Products or a Stock Options Exchange Participant acting as a Market Maker for Stock Options

Updated 21 Nov 2017