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[$$] Index Futures Set to Further Pry Open Chinese Markets

Global investors could soon have an easier way to make bets on or against China’s stock market, with Hong Kong’s exchange planning to offer futures trading tied to mainland shares. Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. said Monday it had signed a deal with MSCI Inc. to launch futures linked to the index provider’s MSCI China A Index, which will include 421 onshore Chinese stocks by November. The index contracts will be listed and traded in Hong Kong and settled in cash.