Vietnam’s derivatives market will start official operations on August 10 with the VN30-Index futures contract set to launch first.
This was stated by Pham Hong Son, vice chairman of the State Securities Commission, at a press conference on today.
In Viet Nam, the current law allows three types of derivative products — futures contracts of shares indexes with the VN30-Index and HNX30-Index as underlying assets, and five-year Government bond future contracts.
The VN30-Index and HNX30-Index capture the performance of the top 30 largest stocks on the HCM and Ha Noi stock exchanges in terms of market value and liquidity.
Derivative is a security with price that is dependent upon or derived from one or more underlying assets.
According to the Prime Minister’s direction, since the derivatives market is new and under trial, the VN30 futures contract will be launched first to limit risks, while the HNX30 and Government bond futures will be introduced later, Son said.
He said the VN30 adequately covers the largest large-cap companies on the HCM Stock Exchange.
The most important factor for the derivatives market is margin lending. In the derivatives market, an investor must make the deposit in cash or shares at the Vietnam Securities Depository and at market trade members (securities companies) before a transaction takes place.
The current collateral requirements in the derivatives market are 80 per cent in cash and 20 per cent in shares, but at the initial stage to ensure the highest safety, the margin ratio is set at 100 per cent in cash.
The derivative market will open at 8.45am, 15 minutes earlier than the opening hour of the stock market, and close at 3pm. Prices of products are allowed to fluctuate by +/- 7 per cent and the minimum price step is 0.1 with coefficient of VND100,000.
Transaction unit is one contract. The last trading day is the third Thursday in the month of maturity. The month of maturity is the current month, the next month and the last two months of the next two quarters.
Son said legal framework and procedures to ensure the listing, trading and clearing of derivative products have been fully enacted.
The Ha Noi Stock Exchange, Vietnam Securities Depository and Vietinbank have finished testing the trading system with seven market clearing members, including HCM Securities, Saigon Securities Inc, VP Bank Securities and Viet Capital Securities, as well as VNDirect Securities and MB Securities.
According to securities firms, some 2,000 derivative accounts have been activated so far.