November 3

Hang Seng Futures (HSI) – Trading Strategies | Symbols and Contract Specifications

Last Updated on 3 November, 2022 by Samuelsson

Hang Seng Trading with HSI Futures tracks the Hang Seng Index (HSI) was introduced in 1986 by the Hong Kong Futures Exchange in response to increasing interest in the HSI.

Hong Kong is by many considered a beacon of capitalism. For example, Milton Freeman once described the country as one of the world’s greatest experiments in lassez-faire capitalism.  Supporting this claim, since 1995, the Index of Economic Freedom has listed Hong Kong as one of the freest countries in the world, and the stock exchange of Hong Kong is now the seventh largest in the world. Together with free trade agreements and low taxes, Hong Kong has managed to attract the interest and money of many foreign investors and is regarded as a gateway to Asia.

Hang Seng Trading

Knowing all this, it’s not hard to understand that traders and investors choose to trade or invest in Hang Seng. Still, you might be asking yourself why you should trade Hang Seng futures in particular.

Here are some of the main benefits of trading futures (more later in the article about this also):

  1. Low Costs
  2. Long History
  3. High Leverage
  4. You May Go Short

Futures Contract (HSI) Specifications

Symbol:  HIS

Point Size: HK$50

Minimum Price Fluctuation: HK$50

Trading Hours:

8:45 am – 9:15 am Pre-Market Opening

9:15 am – 12:00 noon Trading Hours

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Trading Hours

5:15 pm – 1:00 am

Expiration Months: March, June, September, and December

Rollover takes place on the second last business day of the contract month.

Mini Hang Seng Futures

In 2000,  the Mini-Hang Seng Index Futures were introduced at one fifth the size of the original contract. The introduction of the mini contract enabled individuals with smaller capital access to the Hang Seng market through futures contracts.

Mini Futures Contract (MHI) Specifications

The contract specifications for the mini HSI futures contract is the same as for the regular contract, except for the following points:

  • The regular contract has a point value of HK$50, whereas the mini futures contract has a point value of HK$10.
  • The symbol name for the mini contract is MHI

Hang Seng Trading Strategies

Every market has its own special characteristics, but there are some traits that can be observed in many markets. One such logic that is prevalent among market indexes, is mean reversion. This holds true also for Hang Seng trading strategies.

Mean reversion trading strategies is the tendency of a market to revert to its mean, once it has made exaggerated moves in one direction. So, of the market has moved excessively to the downside, we may soon expect it to turn around. The mean reverting tendency of index markets is best used to go long by catching a falling market, due to the long term rising trend of the equity markets.

If you are interested in edges and trading strategies for the Hang Seng Market, have a look at our collection of edges and strategies for a wide range of markets!

New edges are released every month!

Yes, Hang Seng has both HSI futures and options. They can be used to manage portfolio risk and to capture index arbitrage opportunities. The popularity of Hong Kongs Hang Seng Index futures (HSI) and options have developed gradually with increasing domestic and international traders’ participation.
Yes, Hong Kong Futures Exchange (HKFE) is a futures exchange in Hong Kong that was established in 1976. You can find a variety of options and futures contracts, linked to stock market indices, stocks, short-term interest rates, and foreign exchange.

What makes Hang Seng index move up and down in trading?

The HSI in Hong Kong reacts to both overnight from Wall Street and events taking place in the Asia-Pacific area approximately having the same opening hours. Since becoming a part of China the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges are having a growing impact on the daily performance of the Hong Hang Seng indexThe index tends to move in tandem with the Shanghai Composite as some of its constituents are dual-listed on the mainland. The currency market connected to Hong Kong also moves the index. Macroeconomic events that affect Hong Kong and also China reflects on the HSI index.

Why should you trade Hong Kongs HSI Futures?

As with most types of futures, the Hang Seng Futures contract is a useful tool for traders who wish to hedge against price movements, as well as for those who want to adjust their portfolio allocation with the help of leverage. Here are some more advantages of the Hang Seng Futures Market:

  • Low Costs – Since the Hang Seng Futures contract is traded on margin, the costs in relation to the exposure you get in the market are very low. Since futures work with leverage, the cost of commissions and fees relative to the market exposure becomes tiny
  • Long History – The HSI is a market that has over 50 years of history, which has made the index popular among local as well as international investors and traders.
  • High Leverage – With futures, you have inbuilt leverage, which means that you can profit greatly from even small moves in the market.
  • You May Go Short – With futures contracts, you can sell short and profit from downward movements in the market.
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What time does Hang Seng futures open?

HSI Index Opening Hours Day Session  
Morning Session Afternoon Session
Hang Seng Index Futures 9:15 a.m.* – 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m.* – 4:30 p.m.
(1:00 p.m.* – 4:00 p.m.)

What is the The Hang Seng Index (HSI)

Hang Seng Index market is a market index based on the 50 largest companies in Hong Kong and is one of the most well-known Asian indexes. Hang Seng is a market capitalization- weighted index, which means that the impact each stock has on the index is proportionate to the size of the stock. Thus, a smaller stock will not influence the index as much as a larger one.

Hang Seng is broken down into the following sectors/subindexes:

  • Finance
  • properties
  • Industry and commerce
  • Utilities

Here you can find more information about the different sectors/subindexes of the Hang Seng as well as the list of stocks that currently are in the index.

What is the History of Hang Seng index?

The Hang Seng Index was introduced in 1963 in an attempt to create a “Dow Jones Index” for Hong Kong. The Index was compiled by Hang Seng Indexes Company, a subsidiary of Hang Seng Bank, which is still in charge of the index.

Today the Hang Seng Bank is the largest bank in Hong Kong by market capitalization and also manages other indexes such as:

Where can I find Hang Seng Futures chart?

Here is a good chart of the Hang Seng (HSI) Futures trading chart

Where to Find Hang Seng Futures and Index Price Data

For traders who just want to view the chart of the Hang Seng Futures market, they can do so here.

Traders who wish to import data into their trading platform will have to sign up for an external data feed. E-signal is one data provider for the Hang Seng Futures markets.

The Hang Seng 50 (HS50) measures the performance of the 50 largest companies on the Stock Exchange in Hong Kong (SEHK).

Where To Trade Hang Seng Futures

You trade it HKEX.

Not all American brokers offer Asian or even European markets.

However, Interactive Brokers (IB) does, and Hang Seng futures can be traded through them. IB is known for its low commissions and is a reliable broker in the trading industry.

2 Hong Kong exchange-traded funds (ETFs) trade in the United States: EWH and FLHK. The top holding for each of these ETFs is AIA Group Ltd.

You can find more info about futures market here.

You can read more about our best trading strategies here.


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