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CFFEX Launches Support Program to Promote Participation of Mid- and Long-Term Institutional Investors

On July 28, 2023, China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX) announced the launch of Changfeng Program 2023, a support program to promote the participation of mid- and long-term institutional investors, on August 1, 2023. The Changfeng Program aims to form synergy in promoting the participation of institutional investors, especially mid- and long-term investors including mutual funds, insurers, pension funds, annuities, etc., in the financial futures market in a bid to better serve national strategies and the real economy.

Increasing the participation of mid- and long-term institutional investors to enhance their role as a “market stabilizer” is pivotal to achieving the goal of “improving the functions of the capital market and increasing the proportion of direct financing” as stated by the CPC Central Committee. As an integral part of the modern capital market with Chinese characteristics, the financial futures market bears the mission to support the high-quality development of the capital market, and pushes ahead market innovation and development in accordance with national strategies. Financial futures are important risk management tools featuring precision, low-cost and efficiency. Giving full play to the functioning of financial futures is critical to increasing the participation of mid- and long-term institutional investors, which is conducive to accelerating investment-end reforms and improving the vitality of the capital market.

In recent years, various types of professional institutions have entered the financial futures market, accounting for an increasingly large proportion of trading volume and open interest. At present, institutions have become major participants in and effectively enhanced the stability of the financial futures market. Nevertheless, the investor composition is yet to be improved, particularly given the limited understanding and use of financial futures by mid- and long-term institutional investors compared with their cash market exposure. To address this issue, CFFEX has formulated and implemented the Changfeng Program on the basis of extensive market consultation. Through a series of measures empowering members and institutions, CFFEX aims to establish a coordinated program targeting mid- and long-term institutional investors to continuously broaden their participation, thus contributing to the comprehensive registration-based IPO reform.

The Changfeng Program will empower both members and institutional investors. For members, CFFEX will roll out a series of measures covering training, technology and incentives, to better support members and other intermediaries in servicing the participation of mid- and long-term institutional investors, enhancing the risk management capabilities of institutions, and cultivating an integrated investment philosophy that involves both the cash and futures markets. To be specific, CFFEX will establish a multi-dimensional institutional investor education and training program that is based on existing institutional service initiatives and training programs of CFFEX and gives full play to the synergy of all stakeholders; build a digital channel for institutional services via the “Financial Futures Connect” institutional service platform, supporting members to provide better services to institutional clients; and provide targeted incentives to members to develop and better serve institutional clients. 

For institutional investors, CFFEX will select a number of institutions to demonstrate best practices and user cases regarding risk management with financial futures. Such institutions will play an exemplary role to encourage the use of financial futures across their respective sectors. 

Under the leadership of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), CFFEX will continue to enhance services to all types of institutional investors, especially mid- and long-term investors, to improve market participants’ satisfaction and the quality of institutional participation. CFFEX will continue to pursue the high-quality development of the financial futures market, so as to improve the vitality and resilience of the capital market, and contribute to the development of the modern capital market with Chinese characteristics.

Seminars will be organized for futures-company members regarding the Changfeng Program. You may contact Ms. Feng (021-50160310), Ms. Wang (021-50166333) or for more information on the Changfeng Program and relevant measures.