Stock index futures in China aimed at H1 2007

Fan told a high-level governmental meeting on March 5 that the futures, which were originally slated for the end of 2006, will trade on the Shanghai-based China Financial Futures Exchange.

A broker in China told Risk News this time line is likely to be accurate, because “it comes from the regulator.” He added that the exchange’s preparation work is done and that it has started training members on trading risk.

However, the exchange is tight-lipped about actual plans, and a spokesperson told Risk News there is no set date to begin trading. The exchange is expected to eventually trade bond, interest-rate futures and currency derivatives. It was inaugurated in September last year.

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