Friday, November 2, 2007

Chinese Stock Futures

From Reuters:

China will launch stock index futures soon and is ready to approve new quotas for foreign investors in the country's red hot stock markets, a senior exchange official said on Thursday.

China is trying to develop a stock futures market to give investors more options and help them hedge risk.

But Zhou Qinye, executive vice president of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the bigger of mainland China's two bourses, told a financial forum that the start of futures trading might initially increase selling pressure on the cash market.

He did not elaborate on the exact timing of the launch but added that conditions were ripe for a stock futures market and preparations had been made....MORE


The introduction of futures has been delayed for about a year.