Hong Kong Brokers Line Up For China Connect With Fidessa
Up until now, international access to the Chinese market has been strictly controlled via quotas and was limited to a small number of large institutional investment firms under China’s QFII program. China Connect aims to change this with new quotas for trading in Shanghai listed A-Shares being made available to a wider community of both retail and institutional offshore investors, and by allowing them to clear through the local Hong Kong clearing infrastructure.
“Fidessa recognised the potential for this early on”, says David Jenkins, Head of Product Marketing at Fidessa in Asia Pacific. “But implementing this link successfully involves additional technology infrastructure, as well as new tools and processes right across the front, middle and back office, in order to take full advantage of the Shanghai market.”
Fidessa has spent a lot of time working closely with both exchanges and key customers to develop a solution that addresses the complexities that brokers wanting to use China Connect face. This included designing the right algorithms to cater for the wider spreads, transient liquidity and volatility associated with trading the Shanghai market.
“The ability to balance retail and institutional positions was crucial for many of our customers also”, continues Jenkins. “As was providing the ability to manage positions across both QFII and China Connect to allow firms to utilise their quotas effectively.”