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Hong Kong Futures Exchange to List 37 MSCI Asia-Pacific Futures & Options Contracts

Hong Kong | 29th May 2020

Hong Kong Futures Exchange has signed a major licensing agreement with MSCI to list 37 MSCI Asia-Pacific equity index futures & options contracts in Hong Kong.  

” Hong Kong to List 37 MSCI APAC Futures & Options Contracts “

The listing will be under Hong Kong Futures Exchange, a subsidiary of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX).  The introduction of the MSCI Asia-Pacific equity index futures & options contracts is subjected to regulatory approvals and market conditions.  


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Currently, MSCI Asia Ex-Japan Index futures is already traded on Hong Kong Futures Exchange.  In 2019, MSCI and HKEX announced the planned launch of MSCI China A Index futures, allowing international investors to manage their A-share equity exposure.

 

MSCI

MSCI Inc is a leading provider of investment decision support tools and MSCI’s equity indexes are tracked by more than $13 trillion (31st Dec 2019) of assets worldwide.  In 1969, Capital International created stock indexes to track global stock markets.  In 1986, Morgan Stanley bought the licensing rights to the indexes, and rebranded to become Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) indexes.  In 2007, as part of Morgan Stanley’s divestment plan, MSCI went publicly listed on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  Today, it has a market capitalization of $26.2 billion (27th May 2020).

MSCI is one of the major indexes tracked by global investors alongside S&P, Dow Jones and FTSE.  

 

From SGX to HKEX

With the announcement, the license to Singapore Exchange (SGX) for all other MSCI indexes will expire in early 2021 (February).  MSCI Singapore futures and options remain listed.  

SGX share price fell 11.62% on 27th May 2020 (Monday), after the announcement.  SGX is listed on Singapore Exchange and has a market capitalization of $6.6 billion while HKEX, listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange, has a market capitalization of $44.61 billion. 

Market Capitalization:
  • MSCI: $26.2 billion
  • HKEX: $44.61 billion
  • SGX: $6.6 billion

(27th May 2020, all values are in USD)

 

Expected 37 List of Initial Contracts

Futures Contracts:
  1. MSCI Australia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  2. MSCI China Free (USD) Index Futures
  3. MSCI China Free Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  4. MSCI Emerging Markets (USD) Index Futures
  5. MSCI Emerging Markets Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  6. MSCI EM ex China Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  7. MSCI EM ex Korea Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  8. MSCI EM Asia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  9. MSCI EM Asia ex China Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  10. MSCI EM Asia ex Korea Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  11. MSCI EM EMEA Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  12. MSCI EM LatAm Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  13. MSCI Hong Kong Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  14. MSCI India (USD) Index Futures
  15. MSCI India Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  16. MSCI Indonesia Index (USD) Futures
  17. MSCI Indonesia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  18. MSCI Japan (JPY) Index Futures
  19. MSCI Japan Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  20. MSCI Japan Net Total Return (JPY) Index Futures
  21. MSCI Malaysia (USD) Index Futures
  22. MSCI Malaysia Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  23. MSCI New Zealand Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  24. MSCI Pacific Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  25. MSCI Pacific ex Japan Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  26. MSCI Philippines (USD) Index Futures
  27. MSCI Philippines Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  28. MSCI Singapore Free (SGD) Index Futures
  29. MSCI Singapore Free Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  30. MSCI Singapore Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  31. MSCI Taiwan (USD) Index Futures
  32. MSCI Taiwan Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  33. MSCI Thailand (USD) Index Futures
  34. MSCI Thailand Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
  35. MSCI Vietnam (USD) Index Futures
  36. MSCI Vietnam Net Total Return (USD) Index Futures
Options Contract:

37. MSCI Taiwan (USD) Index Options

(subject to regulatory approvals and market conditions)

 

Charles Li, Chief Executive, HKEX:

“This is very exciting news indeed for Hong Kong and HKEX.  As the global markets leader in the Asian timezone, and reflecting our unique role connecting markets and investors across the world, we are very pleased to today be announcing this major agreement with MSCI.  Bringing enhanced liquidity to our markets, this builds on our stated strategy and our 2019 commitment to launch MSCI China A index futures in Hong Kong.  It comes at a time when Hong Kong’s derivatives market is going from strength to strength and represents another significant development in continuing to build the breadth, depth and attractiveness of Hong Kong’s vibrant financial markets.”

 

Henry Fernandez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MSCI:

“MSCI’s mission as a provider of tools, services and insights for the global investment industry is to help investors around the world better understand and navigate investment opportunities and risks.  As we continue to see increasing demand from global investors in enhancing their risk management capabilities, we are pleased to license HKEX to use our indexes for this expansive suite of new trading and risk management tools for global investors.”

 

About HKEX

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is one of the world’s major exchange groups, and operates a range of equity, commodity, fixed income and currency markets.  

HKEX is the world’s leading IPO market and as Hong Kong’s only securities and derivatives exchange and sole operator of its clearing houses, it is uniquely placed to offer regional and international investors access to Asia’s most vibrant markets.

HKEX is also the global leader in metals trading, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, The London Metal Exchange (LME) and LME Clear Limited.  This commodity franchise was further enhanced with the launch of Qianhai Mercantile Exchange (QME), in China, in 2018.

HKEX launched the pioneering Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme in 2014, further expanded with the launch of Shenzhen Connect in 2016, and the launch of Bond Connect in 2017.

Visit: HKEX

 

About MSCI Inc. 

MSCI is a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. With over 45 years of expertise in research, data and technology, we power better investment decisions by enabling clients to understand and analyze key drivers of risk and return and confidently build more effective portfolios. We create industry-leading research-enhanced solutions that clients use to gain insight into and improve transparency across the investment process. 

Visit: MSCI

 

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