*1,What is the role of INE as a central counterparty (CCP)?
As a Central Counterparty (CCP), INE will interpose itself between counterparties upon execution of a futures trade, becoming the seller to the buyer and the buyer to the seller, adopt the net settlement method, and ensure all settlement and delivery for centralized futures trading. Furthermore, the General Exchange Rules of INE provide that the legal attributes of property rights derived from activities such as trading, clearing and delivery of executed orders, positions closed, cash received as margin, assets either pledged or transferred as margin collateral, standard warrants paired for delivery, or those actions adopted by the Exchange against any default event, shall not be revoked or considered null and void due to initiation of bankruptcy proceedings against any Member, and that in the event that a Member enters into a bankruptcy proceedings, the Exchange may still conduct net settlement for such Member's positions in accordance with the General Exchange Rules and the other specifically related rules.
*2,How will INE strengthen its risk management systems to support the globalized futures market?
INE will strictly implement measures that have been proven effective in China's other futures markets, such as pre-margining, One-Trader-One-ID coding policy, position limits, and large trader reporting. In addition, given the different risk profile of overseas traders and the new trading framework of crude oil futures, INE has adopted robust Know Your Customer procedures, including the trader's identity authentication system, ownership & control reporting, and strengthen the management of customer fund segregation and the closed circuit cash flow of margin fund. INE will also work with overseas futures regulators to establish joint regulatory mechanisms to develop effective cross-border supervision and to enable investigation of suspicious trading activity.
*3,What contract months are listed for trading for China's crude futures? How is it different from other international markets?The INE lists 12 consecutive monthly followed by 8 quarterly crude futures contracts, spanning a period of three years. In comparison, time length of contract months of overseas oil futures contracts generally is much longer. For example, 96 consecutive monthly contracts of Brent Crude futures are listed on ICE; for CME WTI futures, as of May-2018,nine years of contracts are listed consistent with the following schedule: monthly contracts listed for the 9 consecutive calendar years and 2 additional consecutive contract months ; and For DME Oman futures, consecutive months 70 71 83 Exchange / Contract Contract Months CME WTI monthly contracts listed for the current year and the next 8 calendar years and 2 additional consecutive contract months ICE BRENT 96 consecutive months DME OMAN Consecutive months are listed for the current year and the next five years. A new calendar year will be added following the termination of trading in the December contract of the current year SHFE SC 12 consecutive near-term monthly followed by 8 quarterly of crude futures contracts are listed for the current year and the next five years and a new calendar year will be added following the termination of trading in the December contract of the current year. Considering the fact of the illiquidity of far-month contracts in China's futures market, the time-length of contract months of the crude oil futures is set at 3 year long in the beginning phase. It will be adjusted by INE going forward in response to market developments and investors' needs.
*4,What is the last trading day and delivery period of China's crude oil futures contract? How do they differ from those of overseas contracts?The last trading day for China's crude oil futures contract is the last trading day of the month preceding the contract month. For example, the last trading day for the Jun-2017 contract is May 30, 2017. The delivery period (delivery of crude warrants) is the five consecutive business days after the last trading day. Trading in the current delivery month of NYMEX WTI contract ceases on the third business day prior to the twenty-fifth calendar day of the month preceding the delivery month. If the twenty-fifth calendar day of the month is a non-business day, trading ceases on the third business day prior to the last business day preceding the twenty-fifth calendar day. For example, the last trading day for the Jun-2017 contract (delivery month) is May 22, 2017. The NYMEX WTI contract calls for physical delivery; the delivery period is from the first business day to the last business day of the delivery month. The last trading day for the ICE Brent contract is the last business day of the second month preceding the contract month. For example, the last trading day of the Jun-2017 contract is April 28, 2017. The ICE Brent contract is cash settled against the ICE Brent Index Price, a well-developed spot market price which provides an authoritative price for the final settlement of the futures contract. 72 85 The last trading day for the DME Oman contract is the last trading day of the second month preceding the delivery month. For example, the last trading day for the Jun-2017 contract is April 28, 2017. The DME Oman contract calls for physical delivery defined in the following way: Intention notices for delivery and matching are completed on the first business day after the last trading day, and delivery shall be completed within the delivery month.
*5,How do the daily trading hours of China's crude oil futures differ from those of major international crude oil futures contracts?
CME WTI on Globex: Sunday to Friday 18:00－17:00 (+1 day) New York Time/ET, with a 60-minute break each day beginning at 17:00 ET. ICE Brent: Sunday to Friday 20:00－18:00 (+1 day) New York Time; 01:00－23:00 London Time; and 08:00–06:00 (+1 day) Singapore Time. DME Oman: Electronic trading is open from 16:00 CST/CDT Sundays and from 16:45 CST/CDT Monday to Thursday and closes at 16:00 CST/CDT the next day, Monday to Friday. INE Crude Oil Futures: Monday to Friday 9:00－11:30, 13:30－15:00 Beijing Time and other trading hours (Continuous Trading Hours) as prescribed by the INE. INE will continue to observe the needs for extension of trading hours for the market development.
*6,What is the trader eligibility criteria for overseas institutional customers to participate in China's crude oil futures market and how may eligible overseas traders trade on the Exchange?
Any overseas institutional investor intending to participate in China's crude oil futures market should meet the requirements set in the Futures Trading Participant Eligibility Management Rules of the Shanghai International Energy Exchange, including but not limited to the following: having relevant business professionals who understand the essentials of futures trading and the rules of INE and have passed relevant tests; having futures trading history and record; having a cash balance of no less than RMB 1 million or its foreign currency equivalent in its margin account last for more than five business days before applying for a trading code; having in place sound futures trading management rules; having no material adverse credit record and not banned from the futures 79 95 80 market by competent regulatory authority; having never been prohibited or banned from engaging in trading futures pursuant to any laws, rules and regulation of China or rules of INE . All Eligible traders need to abide by the laws and regulations of China, the rules of INE, as well as the laws, regulations, and regulatory rules of their home jurisdiction. INE encourages investors and oil-related commercial clients to engage in hedging trades in China's crude oil futures market. Overseas investors may participate in China's crude oil futures market using any of following accesses: (a) Global customer may trade through a domestic Futures Firm (FF); (b) An INE-recognized Overseas Intermediaries may help its global customers execute and clear trades through a carry broker, either a domestic FF or an Overseas Special Brokerage Participant (OSBP); (c) An INE OSBP having direct trading right on the Exchange may help their global customers execute trades on the Exchange; or (d) an Overseas Special Non-Brokerage Participants (OSNBP) of INE that trades directly on the Exchange.
*7,How may overseas futures brokers participate in China's crude oil futures market?
An overseas futures broker may either apply to the INE to be an OSBP and direct connect to the Exchange for execution of trades or execute trades and clear through a carry broker who is either a domestic FF Member or an OSBP on behalf of its overseas customers.
*8,How may overseas individual investors participate in China's crude oil futures market?
Any overseas individual investor intending to participate in China's crude oil futures market should meet the requirements set in the Futures Trading Participant Eligibility Management Rules of the Shanghai International Energy Exchange, including but not limited to the following: having full capacity for civil conduct; understanding the essentials of futures trading and the rules of INE; having passed relevant tests; having futures trading history and record; having a cash balance of no less than RMB 500,000 or its foreign currency equivalent in his/her margin account last for more than five business days before applying for a trading code; having no material adverse credit records and not banned from the futures market by competent regulatory authority; having never been prohibited or banned from engaging in futures trading pursuant to any laws, regulations, and rules of China or any rules of INE. All Eligible traders need to abide by the laws and regulations of China, the rules of INE, as well as the laws, regulations, and regulatory rules of their home jurisdiction. An overseas individual investor may participate in China's crude oil futures market through a domestic FF Member, an OSBP, or an Overseas Intermediary.
*9,Is it required for those investors, who are under the jurisdiction of Europe and participating in China's crude oil futures market through an European Overseas Intermediary, to register to relevant authority for participation of overseas futures market by observing the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR)?
According to the guiding principle given by the CSRC, INE prioritized and have completed the analysis work about crossborder regulation of Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States on participation in overseas futures market. The Exchange has launched further regulation study on overseas futures market participation of other global financial trading hubs. 84 99 There are many countries and financial regulators in the region of Europe or under the league of European Union (EU). Thus an European participant may face double layers of regulation from its jurisdiction as well as from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) when participating the China crude futures trading, It's highly recommended to such participant to provide information about his/her nationality and desired participation mode on INE, so that the Exchange may conduct relative regulation study and provide advice accordingly.
*10,What's the requirement on money exchange offshore participants in the crude futures trading?
The crude futures on INE is denominated in Renminbi (RMB) and it's cleared and settled in RMB as well. For offshore investors and qualified overseas brokers, they are allowed to post cash in RMB or USD as margin. During the daily clearing and settlement cycle, the USD cash will be exchanged to RMB for mark to market, if a trading account's daily mark-to-market result is in a loss and the RMB balance is not sufficient to cover the loss. Any purchase and sales of foreign exchange shall match the crude futures' trading result of an offshore traders or a qualified overseas brokers. The money exchange can only be executed for mark to market for crude futures trading, futures trading related fees, physical delivery, and other money exchange needs related to cruder futures trading.
*11,What's the flow of inbound/outbound fund transfer for crude oil futures trading?
According to the PBOC Circular  No.19 of People Bank of China (PBOC) and the circular of Huifa  No. 35 of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), offshore investors and overseas brokers may remit offshore RMB or USD to onshore specific-purpose bank account to participate the crude futures trading. Such funds shall be placed in segregated accounts and isolated from unauthorized access and operations while they are within China, and may not be used for any purpose other than futures trading. Remittance of fund in a specific-purpose bank account shall observe the scope of receipts and payments as prescribed in relevant policies.
*12,Is it necessary for an FX for the futures trading be conducted in a Designated Depository Bank? Can FX be conducted in one bank that offer better rate and then transferred into the account of the designated depository bank account that such customer has account with?
Money Exchange for futures trading must be conducted in a Designated Depository Bank. When an Exchange Member conducts money exchange, it may check rates offer by different Designated Depository Banks and choose the one with best bid/ offer rate to conduct the money exchange.
*13,How does China's crude oil future contract differ from other major crude oil futures contracts in the world in terms of the price limit?
A price limit of 4% (minimum limit) above or below the preceding day's settlement price. The Exchange may, in its sole discretion, adjust the price limit for such futures contract in response to market risk conditions. In general, international markets either do not prescribe a price limit, or implement a lenient one to complement circuit breakers. There is no price limit for ICE Brent crude futures and DME Oman crude futures. For WTI crude futures contract, there is a initial price fluctuation limit of $5 above or below the settlement price of the previous day. When price limit is hit, trading will halt for 2 minutes. Upon resumption price limit will be set to twice the original value, and a total of 4 escalation level with five dollar increment at each level. After the fourth level price limit is hit, the circuit break will be exempted for the day.
*14,What is the margining methodology for the China's crude oil futures market? How is it different from that for major crude oil futures in the world?
INE applies pre-margining. The Exchange applies different rates of trading margin for a futures contract based on different periods of trading from its listing to its last trading day. The Exchange may, in its sole discretion, adjust the price limit for a futures contract in response to market risk conditions and it shall issue a public announcement of the adjustment. The management of Clearing Deposit shall be managed in accordance with the Clearing Rules of the Shanghai International Energy Exchange. Both the ICE Clear of ICE Europe and the Clearing House of CME Group use CME's proprietary margining system – the Standard Portfolio Analysis of Risk (SPAN) system. The system calculates the initial margin requirement by organizing all positions which share the same ultimate underlying to grouping referred to as a "Combined Commodity Group" and calculating and aggregating, by like scenario, the risk of each position (including in the price volatility of different contract positions) within a Combined Commodity, with that scenario generating the maximum theoretical loss . As a result and which also meets the needs of clearing member's netting settlement procedure, the level of initial margin can be minimized without putting clearing houses at unreasonable risks, ensuring capital-efficiency in futures market. As of year 2017, the margin requirement of ICE Brent contract is around $2,700－$3,700 set by the ICE Clear. For CME WTI contract, the requirement is $2,700 of initial margin and $2,300 of maintenance margin per nearby month contract, progressively reduced for contract months further out. DME clearing and settlement is provided by the Clearing House of CME Group, and requires $4,750 of initial margin and $3,750 of maintenance margin per an Oman contract.*15,After a Member completes the internal endorsement procedure for making such payment, will the fund remittance made by such member from its margin account to the Exchange clearing account be instant transfer?
A member can submit the fund remit request on the INE's Member Service System, using the function of electronic fund transfer, for fund transfer in between such Member's margin account and the Exchange clearing account. Fund remit instruction into the Exchange's clearing account during market hours will be automatically processed in real time. For fund withdrawal instruction from the Exchange's clearing account, it will only be processed after daily clearing and settlement on the same day.
*16,Can a domestic/overseas broker provide financing service to its customers in futures trading?
An overseas broker shall conduct its business in accordance the rules and regulation of its jurisdiction. As for domestic futures brokers, they shall follow the policy and regulation of the CSRC.
*17,Is it required for an offshore institutional investor who trade on INE through an onshore/offshore broker to set up an specified bank account for futures trading purpose?
If an offshore institutional investor, either a futures trader or a brokerage firm, trade on INE though a domestic broker, it's required for such investor to set up a specified bank account for futures trading purpose with a designated depository bank for margin depository business of its overseas clients.
The table below lists current Designated Delivery Storage Facilities for crude oil futures (capacity unit: 10,000 M3 )