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HKEx Survey Sees Increased Overseas Trading Interest

by Mary Swire, Lowtax.net, Hog Kong
08 March, 2016

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) has released the findings from its Cash Market Transaction Survey 2014/15, showing a significant increase in trading by overseas investors.

According to the survey's findings, although the contribution of investors outside Hong Kong in the period from October 2014 to September 2015 was steady at 39.3 percent (after 38.3 percent in the previous year), their trading value increased by 71 percent more than in the previous 12-month period. In comparison, there was an increase of only 45 percent in trading value from local investors, whose market share fell to 38.9 percent (from 44.9 percent).

Exchange Participants' principal trading increased by 124 percent, and contributed a record high of 21.9 percent of total market turnover in 2014/15, compared to only 16.4 percent in the previous year.

UK investors were the largest contributors to overseas investor trading in 2014/15, with a contribution of 27 percent, one percent down from their share in 2013/14. US investors, the second-largest contributors, accounted for 23 percent of overseas investor trading, with that percentage falling from 26 percent in the previous year.

The contribution of investors from Mainland China to overseas investor trading was ranked third, at 22 percent last year, up significantly from 13 percent in 2013/14. Over the past decade, trading from Mainland Chinese investors has grown at a compound annual rate of 35 percent.

The Cash Market Transaction Survey has been conducted annually since 1991. "Securities" refer to shares, bonds, funds, derivative warrants, and other products traded on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, HKEX's wholly-owned subsidiary.

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