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Hang Seng Index Futures

Hang Seng Index Futures & Options 

Hang Seng Index (HSI), the benchmark of the Hong Kong stock market, is one of the best known indices in Asia and widely used by fund managers as their performance benchmark. 

The HSI is a market capitalisation-weighted index (shares outstanding multiplied by stock price) of the  constituent stocks. The influence of each stock on the index's performance is directly proportional to its relative market value. Constituent stocks with higher market capitalisation will have greater impact on the index's performance than those with lower market capitalisation. The constituent stocks are grouped under Commerce and Industry, Finance, Properties and Utilities sub-indices. 

The latest list of constituent stocks and compilation methodology are available on the website of Hang Seng Indexes Company Limited at http://www.hsi.com.hk

Hang Seng Index Futures

To meet the growing interests in the Hong Kong stock market and rising demand for related hedging tools, the Hong Kong Futures Exchange (HKFE) first introduced HSI futures contracts in May 1986.

Advantages

The HSI futures and options provide investors with a set of effective instruments to manage portfolio risk and to capture index arbitrage opportunities. The popularity of Hang Seng Index futures and options has developed gradually with increasing domestic and international investors' participation.

  • Proven Markets 
    HSI futures and options allow experienced and novice investors alike to participate in the performance of constituent stocks in the index. As both local and international investors regard Hang Seng Index as a time-tested benchmark for the Hong Kong equity market and yardstick of portfolio performance, these contracts are consistently used by different investors for trading and risk management purposes.

  • Cost Effective
    HSI futures and options facilitate hedging activities in a cost-effective way as these contracts are traded on a margin basis. The margin to carry an open position is only a fraction of the contracted value.

  • Low Transaction Costs
    As the total value of high-capitalisation stocks represented in each HSI futures and options contract is substantial and only one commission is charged to establish or liquidate a contract, transaction costs are low when compared to purchasing or selling the constituent stocks.

  • Clearing House Guarantee
    HSI futures and options 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.


Updated 24 Oct 2023


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Contract Summary

Item
Contract Terms
Underlying Index
Hang Seng Index
HKATS Code
HSI
Contract Multiplier
HK$50 per index point
Minimum Fluctuation
One index point
Contract Months
Short-dated Futures:
Spot, next three calendar month & next three calendar quarter months; and

Long-dated Futures:
The three months of June and December plus the next three months of December

Pre-Market Opening Period
8:45 am - 9:15 am & 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Trading Hours
9:15 am - 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm & 5:15 pm - 3:00 am
(Expiring contract month closes at 4:00 pm on the Last Trading Day)

Last Trading Day
The second last Trading Day of  the Contract Month
Final Settlement Price
The average of quotations taken at (i) five (5) minute intervals from five (5) minutes after the start of, and up to five (5) minutes before the end of, the Continuous Trading Session of SEHK; and (ii) the close of trading on SEHK on the Last Trading Day.
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” under “Rules and Regulations” of the HKEx website for full contract specifications.


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
BNP CFT CTD FLW GHF IBG IMC KGI MPF NHT OPT SGS SQH YKR
Hang Seng China Enterprises Index Futures Options PMD PMD PMD PMD PMD CMD
Hang Seng Index Futures Options PMD PMD PMD PMD PMD CMD
Hang Seng Index Options CMD PMD CMD SMW SMW PMD SMW CMW CMD PMD
Hang Seng TECH Index Futures Options CMD PMD PMD PMD CMD
Hang Seng Tech Index Options CBD CBD PMD PMD PMD CMW
HHI Options CMD PMD CMD SMW PMW PMD SMW CMW CMD PMD
HSCEI Dividend Point Index Futures CMD
HSI Dividend Point Index Futures CMD
MCH Options CMD CMD CMW CMD CMD CMW CMD
MHI Options CMD CMD CMW CMD CMD CMW CMW CMD
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Net Total Return Index Futures CLD CLN
MSCI China (USD) Index Futures CLD
MSCI China A 50 Connect (USD) Index Futures CLW CLD CLW CLD CLW
MSCI China Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD CLN
MSCI EM Asia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD CLN
MSCI Emerging Markets Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD CLN
MSCI Hong Kong Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD
MSCI India (USD) Index Futures CLW CLN CLW CLD CLW CLD
MSCI India Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD CLN
MSCI Indonesia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD
MSCI Japan Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD CLN
MSCI Malaysia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD
MSCI Philippines Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD
MSCI Singapore Free (SGD) Index Futures CLD
MSCI Taiwan (USD) Index Futures CLW CLW CLD CLD
MSCI Taiwan 25/50 (USD) Index Futures CLD
MSCI Taiwan Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD CLN
MSCI Thailand Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures CLD
Weekly HHI Options CMD CMW CMD CMD CMW CMW CMD
Weekly HSI Options CMD CMD CMW CMW CMD CMW CMW CMD

C – Denotes providing continuous quotes
Q – Denotes responding to quote requests
P – Denotes Primary Market Maker providing continuous quotes and responding to quote requests
S – Denotes combination of C, Q and P

M – Denotes Market Maker
L – Denotes Liquidity Provider
B – Denotes both Market Maker and Liquidity Provider

D – Denotes T Session
N – Denotes T+1 Session
W – Denotes Both T and T+1 Sessions

Market Maker 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

 

Updated 24 Oct 2023