On June 30th, Huatai Securities released its online securities lending platform "HUATECH", which is the first online platform in China securities market focus on securities lending. HUATECH provides core functions such as market quotes and order placement and smart matching, committed to creating an integrated platform for securities lending cross the listed and unlisted venues as well as onshore and offshore borders.
According to public data, as of June 29, the securities lending market size was ¥31.039 billion ($4.39b), doubled from the beginning of the year but less than 3% of total balance of margin trading. There is still a lot of room to grow to the 20%-30% share in other mature markets.
On June 22, Shanghai Futures Exchange introduced in 2020 Shanghai Derivatives Market Forum that Shanghai Crude reached an average daily trading volume of 300,000 lots in June and an average daily position of more than 150,000 lots, an increase of 3 times and 4 times respectively from the beginning of the year. The average daily trading volume of foreign investors has accounted for about 16%, and the average daily positions have accounted for about 28%.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) has recently approved the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (“INE”), a subsidiary of the Shanghai Futures Exchange (“SHFE”), to launch low-sulfur fuel oil futures on June 22, 2020. This is the 5th internationalized futures after INE crude oil, DCE iron ore, ZCE PTA and INE TSR20 rubber futures.
Low-sulfur fuel oil futures will adopt the similar model of crude oil - "international platform, net price trading, bonded delivery, and RMB pricing" - to introduce international investors to participate in the China futures market. It is also the 2nd internationalized energy futures after crude oil.