HKEx to introduce volatility index futures

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Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) will launch futures contracts on the Hang Seng volatility index (VHSI) from February 20, 2012 – a move market participants claim is an important first step in the development of Asian volatility instruments.

"VHSI is a direct reflection of the level of short-term volatility in the Hong Kong stock market, and VHSI futures give investors a convenient and cost-effective way to hedge and manage volatility exposure," says Calvin Tai, head of trading for HKEx.

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