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HK Investors Able To Short Shanghai Shares

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hong Kong
03 March, 2015

Beginning on March 2, 2015, short selling of certain Shanghai-listed A shares is being allowed within the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited's Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (SHKSC) mutual market access program with the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Launched in November last year, the SHKSC has allowed Mainland investors to trade stocks listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK) directly through the SSE for the first time, and for Hong Kong and overseas investors to trade stocks listed on the SSE directly through the SEHK, also for the first time.

To support the short-selling arrangement on the SEHK, HKEx has published a definitive list of SSE securities that may be shorted.

In addition, it determines the maximum number of shares available for short selling in any trading day before market opening, together with an updated remaining balance available for short selling throughout the day. It is also to provide information on short selling turnover (in shares and value) for each security after each market session.

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