The China Financial Futures Exchange will soon launch its first batch of stock index options based on China’s blue-chip CSI300 index and SSE50 index, as well as the small-cap CSI500, Reuters reported, citing state media. State-run paper The Securities Times said the options would help manage equity risk but would not divert investment from existing products since the scale of trade in new offerings is usually controlled early on. Regulators have already approved exchange-traded derivatives this year including some individual stock options on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and allowed firms to issue asset-backed securities.
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