China eyes new derivatives contracts to boost investor morale

Regulator announces futures and options products on mainland and HK, but there are doubts it will help


China is planning to launch a range of new derivatives contracts in a bid to shore up its ailing stock markets, but some market participants are sceptical about the effectiveness of the move.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission announced on Friday that it will launch options and futures contracts on the Shenzhen 100 index as well as an options contract for the existing exchange-traded funds on the small-cap CSI 1000 index to “better meet the risk management needs of investors”.


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