Futures contract large open position reporting

According to Article 35 of Chapter 571 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance issued by the Securities and Futures Commission, the Securities and Futures (Contract Limits and Reportable Positions) Rules, the Enhanced Supervision on Index Futures and Options Large Open Position Reporting issued by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, and other rules and guidelines, unless otherwise authorized, a client who holds contracts in excess of the large open position reporting level or holds positions in index futures and options exceeding 60% of the position limit needs to file a report with the exchange.

1. When do I need to report?

1.1 If your daily open positions after market close reach or exceed the large open position reporting level, you need to file a report. See Table 1 for the large open position reporting levels (Contracts, which are executed during the T+1 session, are included in the calculation for the next trading day).

1.2 If your positions in Index Option and Futures, at any time or cumulatively on a single day, exceed 60% of the position limit, you need to report all your positions in the Index Option and Futures (Contracts, which are executed during the T+1 session, are included in the calculation for the next trading day). The position limits of index Futures and Options are shown in Table 2.


2. How to report?

2.1 Futu will, acting as your agent, file a report on your behalf only if you hold positions with Futu, which have reached the reporting level. In such case, Futu will report the information about your account (account ID, name, etc.) and your contract positions that need to be reported (contract name, positions, etc.) to the exchange, and you do not need to do anything.

2.2 If your positions with each brokerage reach, after being aggregated, the reporting level, you can appoint any one of the brokerages as your agent to report your positions as a whole to the exchange, or authorize the brokerage so appointed to report your positions with each brokerage separately to the exchange.


3. Example

Suppose Mr. Xia opened an account only with Futu, and his positions are shown in Table 3: Mr. Xia holds more than 500 HSI2003 contracts, which reach the large open position reporting level; less than 2,500 MHI2003 contracts; and less than 500 HSI2004 contracts. Therefore, Mr. Xia needs to report only the HSI2003 positions. The HSI2003, HSI2004, and MHI2003 contracts he holds, all being Hang Seng Index (HSI) futures contracts, have a position delta of 6,460 (i.e. 6,000+360+100), which exceeds 60% of the position limit of HSI futures contracts (i.e. 60% x 10,000 delta = 6,000 delta), so Mr. Xia needs to report all his HSI products (including mini futures and options). To sum up, Mr. Xia needs to report the HSI2003, MHI2003 and HSI2004 contracts he holds. Futu will, acting as his agent, report directly to the exchange, and Mr. Xia does not need to do anything.


4. Revenant Links

Rules on large open positions and position limits of derivatives products are subject to the announcements of the regulatory authorities. For details, please refer to the website of the exchange and the Guidance Note on Position Limits and Large Open Position Reporting Requirements issued by the Securities and Futures Commission.

Note: Table 3 serves as an example. Position delta = number of contracts x delta of each contract as determined in the DCASS report "RP009 – Series Greek Data File".