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Hong Kong exchange pins hopes on China index futures in bear market

HKEX counts on derivatives to diversify revenue away from stock trading

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's stock exchange on Friday was cleared to launch a new revenue source, even as worries over China's data privacy rules pushed the city's benchmark into bear market territory.

Futures contracts based on the MSCI China A 50 Connect Index will be the Hong Kong exchange operator's first derivative product founded on mainland shares. It debuts Oct. 18, according to a statement.

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