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China Stock Craze Will Go A Step Further With First Leveraged ETF

In the past year alone, investors have invested more than $2 billion into ETFs that invest in China’s stocks. MarketsMuse update profiles the new ETF, The Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Sharell 2X Shares (CHAU), this ETF is the first in China-focused ETF of its kind in the US. This MarketsMuse blog update is courtesy of Bloomberg Business’s Elena Popina and Boris Korby’s article “China Stock Frenzy Gets More Manic With First Leveraged ETF“, with an excerpt below. 

Want to double down on China’s world-beating stock rally? Now there’s an exchange-traded fund for that.

Direxion Investments is starting the first ETF that seeks to provide twice the daily return of mainland Chinese stocks using leverage, according to Andy O’Rourke, chief marketing officer for the New York-based fund provider.

The CSI 300 Index, which the ETF will track, has climbed to a seven-year high amid a frenzy of stock purchases by Chinese retail investors as the government eased monetary policy to counter a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. The ETF will be the first in the U.S. to use derivatives to amplify the return of mainland Chinese stocks, or so-called A shares, a market to which foreign investors until recently only had limited access.

“It was only a matter of time before a leveraged China A-share ETF came out trying to capitalize on the increased interest and flows into the area,” Eric Balchunas, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst, wrote in an e-mail on Tuesday.

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Shanghai Stock Exchange to Launch Options Trading on SSE 50 ETF

MarketsMuse update courtesy of AsiaAsset News

asia asset mgt logoThe Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) will unveil its first ETF option next month as a testing ground for the pilot stock option trading program in China.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said it has authorized the SSE to launch the pilot program with an option based on the SSE 50 Index ETF as the debut product. It will land on the bourse on February 9. The index in question tracks the 50 largest and most representative stocks listed in Shanghai.

The Mainland’s securities watchdog said in a statement that stock options comprise of options based on individual equities and ETFs linked to share indices. “Individual stock options and ETF options are important types of options in international capital markets. They have a role to play in risk management which cannot be replaced by other financial vehicles,” the CSRC said. It added that turnover in options has reached a level similar to that in futures in recent years in terms of trade conducted on global exchanges, signaling a large demand for these products. Continue reading