China futures market

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Futures markets in mainland China, initially deployed in 1990, have quickly established rapid growth as a result of transition to a market economy.


In October 1990, China Zhengzhou Grain Wholesale Market was established in Zhengzhou, Henan Province.[1] This is the first time that futures trading was introduced in China. Soon China’s futures market started to boom. After more than 20 years development, China’s commodities futures market has become one of the world’s largest.[2] Up to the end of 2011, there are 29 exchange traded futures products in China, more than 10 commodities such as corn, wheat, copper, steel, etc. and the total trading volume exceeded 300 trillion.[3]

Futures exchanges in China[edit]

There are four futures exchanges in China. Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (ZCE, established in 1993), Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE, established in February, 1993), Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE, established in 1999), and China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX, established in Shanghai in September, 2006).

Opening up of China's futures market[edit]

Historically, Chinese government has imposed strict restrictions to keep the foreign capital out of its financial industry. In recent years, however, China introduced many financial opening policies and foreign capital has begun to infiltrate into domestic futures companies in China. ABN AMRO and Galaxy Futures Co. set up the first joint venture futures company in China.[4] JPMorgan Chase set up a joint venture futures company with Zhongshan Futures Co. Ltd.[5] Goldman Sachs also attempted to take shares in Qiankun Futures Co. Ltd.[6] Due to policy restrictions, the maximum foreign share of joint venture futures companies in China is 49%. However, for the futures websites in China, which are not under supervision of China Securities Regulatory Commission(CSRC), there is no restrictions regarding the percentage of shares foreign capital can hold.

The Futures Websites Alliance is composed of more than ten professional Futures websites, including China Futures-Money Management, China Oil Futures, Gold and Silver Futures, China Steel Futures, and Stock Index Futures, etc. These websites cover almost all exchanged traded futures products in China, and occupy a monopoly position in the internet field.


  1. ^ "History of Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange" Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine., ZCE
  2. ^ 中研普华, "2012年中国期货市场规模位居世界前列", 中国行业研究网, 2012-8-20
  3. ^ "Opportunities with the Opening of China’s Futures Market", Yahoo News, 2012-8-30
  4. ^ "1st foreign-invested futures venture approved", Sohu, 2005-12-07
  5. ^ Wang Zhen, Garth Mortensen, "JP Morgan Gets Futures Foothold in China", Caijing Magazine, 2008-1-31
  6. ^ 饶红浩,"市场热议期货公司引外资", China Daily, 2012-5-16

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