HKEX plans to expand Bond Connect repo trading and clearing

Clear Vision for a New Decade
Charles Li

What does 2020 and the next decade hold? How will geopolitics, global economics and technological innovations impact our lives?  More importantly for us, what does Hong Kong’s future look like, and for our own global markets? Can Hong Kong maintain and strengthen its international relevance? As we stand at the crossroads of two decades, I am looking forward, hoping to see the future with clarity, with 2020 vision.

On bond market connectivity, we took the first step three years ago via Bond Connect with the launch of the northbound programme. But only with the full two-way linkage of Bond Connect will we see the true realisation of China’s capital market internationalisation. Going forward, we will speed up the process to enable two-way access, with the first step to expand our Connect scheme to bonds that are traded on exchanges. Also, we will strengthen our post-trade capabilities, including the expansion of our collateral management services through repo trading and clearing, to help boost liquidity in the bond markets of both Hong Kong and China; use technology to help reshape the international bond market; and speed up the internationalisation of our fixed-income capabilities through tie-ups, joint ventures, and possible acquisitions.

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