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HSI Volatility Index Futures

VHSI – the Volatility Benchmark for Hong Kong’s Stock Market

The HSI Volatility Index (VHSI) is an indicator of Hang Seng Index (HSI) volatility, and thus of the Hong Kong stock market. The VHSI is also seen as Hong Kong's premier barometer of investor sentiment.

VHSI Overview

The VHSI is a key measure of the market’s expectation of 30-day HSI volatility implicit in the prices of near-term and next-term HSI options traded on HKEx’s derivatives market. VHSI is an implied, or expected, volatility index and is quoted in percentage points. 

The VHSI is owned by Hang Seng Indexes Ltd and compiled according to the CBOE’s Volatility Index, or VIX, methodology, with adaptation to the Hong Kong stock market’s characteristics. The VHSI was launched on 21 February 2011.

Benefits of VHSI as a Volatility Benchmark

Volatility indexes enhance the pricing efficiency of options markets because investors can use them to compare derivatives pricing and estimate the implied volatility in options pricing.

Relationship between VHSI and HSI

A volatility index is commonly viewed as a useful gauge for changes in investor sentiment. Some professional investors treat volatility as an alternative asset class for investing.

 

VHSI Futures

HKEx’s VHSI futures are an innovative tool for investors to manage volatility risk in Hong Kong’s stock market. VHSI Futures provide a pure play on implied volatility independent of the direction and level of stock prices.

Trading Opportunities

Trade the direction of implied volatility
Trade implied volatility spreads
Hedge volatility risk of HSI options
Get volatility exposure for portfolio diversification
Arbitrage between HSI options and VHSI futures

Advantages of Trading VHSI Futures

Cost-effective way to manage volatility risk
Cost effective and leveraged way to manage volatility risk in relation to HSI based equity derivatives products.

No requirement to delta hedge
Convenient and cost effective exposure to investors who can implement volatility trading strategies without the need to adjust positions for underlying market delta movements.

Continuous Liquidity by market makers
Market makers will provide continuous two-sided markets throughout the trading day to facilitate trading liquidity.

Reduced counterparty risk
Counterparty risk can be reduced with HKFE Clearing Corporation Limited, an HKEx subsidiary, acting as central counterparty to every trade.

 

Note:
HSI Volatility Index (the “Index”) is published by Hang Seng Indexes Company Limited (“HSIL”), which has contracted with Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”) to maintain and calculate the Index. "Standard & Poor's" and “S&P” are trademarks of S&P and have been licensed for use by HSIL. “VIX®” is a trademark of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (“CBOE”) and S&P has granted a license to HSIL, with permission from CBOE, to use such mark for purposes relating to the Index. The Index is not owned, sponsored, endorsed or promoted by S&P or CBOE and neither S&P nor CBOE makes any representation regarding the advisability of investing in products that are based on such Index or otherwise relying on such Index for any purposes and neither S&P, CBOE nor HSIL shall have any liability for any errors or omissions in the Index or any values thereof.

 


Updated 08 Aug 2020


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Contract Summary

Item Contract Terms
Underlying Index HSI Volatility Index  
HKATS Code VHS  
Contract Multiplier HK$ 5,000 per index point   
Minimum Fluctuation  0.05 index point (or HK$ 250)  
Contract Months  Spot month and the next two calendar months  
Trading Hours 9:30 am - 12:00 noon & 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
(Expiring contract month closes at 4:00 pm on the Last Trading Day)
There is no afternoon trading session on the eves of Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year.
Last Trading Day  30 calendar days prior to the second last Business Day of the next month  
Final Settlement Price The average of quotation of VHSI taken at 1 minute intervals between 3:30pm and up to 4:00pm on the Last Trading Day
(i.e.  the average of 30 readings)
 
Transaction Costs Exchange Fee                      HK$10.00
Commission
Levy                  HK$0.54                     
Commission
Rate                  Negotiable

Please visit “Rules, Regulations and Procedures of the Futures Exchange” of “Trading Rules” under “Rules and Regulations” of the HKEx website for full contract specifications.

Note:
HSI Volatility Index (the “Index”) is published by Hang Seng Indexes Company Limited (“HSIL”), which has contracted with Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”) to maintain and calculate the Index. "Standard & Poor's" and “S&P” are trademarks of S&P and have been licensed for use by HSIL. “VIX®” is a trademark of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (“CBOE”) and S&P has granted a license to HSIL, with permission from CBOE, to use such mark for purposes relating to the Index. The Index is not owned, sponsored, endorsed or promoted by S&P or CBOE and neither S&P nor CBOE makes any representation regarding the advisability of investing in products that are based on such Index or otherwise relying on such Index for any purposes and neither S&P, CBOE nor HSIL shall have any liability for any errors or omissions in the Index or any values thereof.



Margin Table

Trading Fees and Commission

Exchange Fee
HK$10.00 per contract per side
Commission Levy
HK$0.54 per contract per side
Investor Compensation Levy*
HK$0.00 per contract per side
Total
HK$10.54 per contract per side
Commission
Negotiable
* The amount indicated above is subject to change from time to time.

List of Market Makers or Liquidity Providers

Equity Index Products

There are liquidity provider and 3 types of market makers in the equity index products market:

- Primary Market Maker (PMM); and

- Market maker providing continuous quotes (CQMM); and

- Market maker responding to quote request (QRMM). 

For the details of the obligations and incentives of liquidity providers and market makers, please refer webpage.

Below is the list of Short Code for EP of Liquidity Provider, PMM, CQMM and QRMM:

 
Market Makers / Liquidity Providers
 AKN BNP CFT  CHI CTC  CTD FLW  GHF  IBG IMC ISS JPM  KGI  LQC MAK  MPF MVN  NHT OPT PHL  SGS SQH  YKR YNT 
Hang Seng Index Options *     * P     *   P # P #  P P #     
Weekly Hang Seng Index Options *                 #             * #          
Mini-Hang Seng Index Options         *     *     *   * *     *  
Hang Seng China Enterprises Index Options   P *     * P     *    *   * P #  P #  P P #     * P  
Weekly Hang Seng China Enterprises Index Options  *                 #             * #          
Mini-Hang Seng China Enterprises Index Options          *       *           * # *     *  
HSI Dividend Point Index Futures   *                                            
HSCEI Dividend Point Index Futures   *                                              
HSI Volatility Index Futures                                   LP            
CES China 120 Index Futures            LD                                
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Net Total Return Index (USD)              LB                                  
MSCI Australia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures             LD                 LN                
MSCI China Free (USD) Index Futures             LD                  LN                
MSCI China Free  Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures     LD        LD  LD               LN                 
MSCI EM Asia ex China Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                                
MSCI EM Asia ex Korea Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                                
MSCI EM EMEA  Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                                
MSCI EM ex China Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                                
MSCI EM ex Korea Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                                
MSCI EM LatAm Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                                
MSCI EM Asia  Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures             LD LD               LN         LD      
MSCI Emerging Markets (USD) Index Futures             LD                                   
MSCI Emerging Markets Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures              LD                LN                
MSCI Hong Kong Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures              LD                                   
MSCI India (USD) Index Futures             LD                 LN                 
MSCI India Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures       LD       LD LD               LN                
MSCI Indonesia (USD) Index Futures             LD                 LN                
MSCI Indonesia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures             LD                 LN                
MSCI Japan (JPY) Index Futures             LD                                   
MSCI Japan Net Total Return (JPY) Index Futures             LD                                  
MSCI Japan Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures             LD                 LN                 
MSCI Malaysia (USD) Index Futures              LD                                   
MSCI Malaysia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures              LD                                
MSCI New Zealand Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                                
MSCI Pacific ex Japan Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                                
MSCI Pacific Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                                
MSCI Philippines (USD) Index Futures             LD                                  
MSCI Philippines Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures             LD                                  
MSCI Singapore Free (SGD) Index Futures             LD            LD     LN          LD       
MSCI Singapore Free Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures                                            
MSCI Singapore Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures             LD                 LN                 
MSCI Taiwan (USD) Index Futures     LD  LD     LD LD          LD      LN   LD    LD  LD      LD
MSCI Taiwan 25/50 (USD) Index Futures     LD        LD  LD                LN       LD        
MSCI Taiwan 25/50 Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures             LD                   LN                
MSCI Taiwan Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures             LD               LN                
MSCI Thailand (USD) Index Futures               LD                                  
MSCI Thailand Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures             LD                                  
MSCI Vietnam (USD) Index Futures              LD                                  
MSCI Vietnam Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures              LD                                  

LD - Denotes Liquidity Provider (T Sessions)
LN - Denotes Liquidity Provider (T+1 Sessions)
LB - Denotes Liquidity Provider (T and T+1 Sessions)
P - Denotes PMM
* - Denotes CQMM (T Session)
# - Denotes CQMM (T and T+1 Sessions)
√ - Denotes QRMM (T Session)
@ - Denotes QRMM (T and T+1 Sessions)

Market Making Liquidity providing obligations and Incentives

For details of the Market Making/Liquidity Providing Obligations and Incentives of Equity Index Products, please refer our webpage below:

https://www.hkex.com.hk/Products/Listed-Derivatives/Market-Maker-Program/Market-Maker-Obligations-and-Incentives?sc_lang=en