Important Notes and Specific Risks of trading via Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect and/or Shenzhen-Hong Hong Stock Connect( China Connect)

Last Update:January 29, 2021

The following describes some of the risks and other significant aspects of trading the Shanghai Stock Exchange (“SSE”) securities and/or Shenzhen Stock Exchange (“SZSE”) via Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (“China Connect”) and/or Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect (collectively referred to as “China Connect”) through Phillip Securities (Hong Kong) Limited (the “Company”). In light of the risks, you should undertake such transactions only if you understand the nature of China Connect trading and the extent of your exposure to risk. You should carefully consider (and consult your own advisers where necessary) whether trading is appropriate for you in light of your experience, objectives, financial resources and other relevant circumstances.

You must observe relevant laws and regulations of Mainland China and Hong Kong as well as the rules of the exchanges. You must accept and agree the aforesaid and the risks related to China Connect, including but not limited to being liable or responsible for breaching the SSE Listing Rules, SSE Rules, SZSE Listing Rules, SZSE Rules and other applicable laws and regulations before giving instructions. Detailed information on trading via China Connect can be referred to on HKEX or the Company website.

1. No day trading is allowed

You are not allowed to carry out day trading through China Connect. A shares bought on trade day (T-day) can only be sold on or after T+1 day.

2. OTC trading is not permitted

All trading must be conducted on SSE and or SZSE, i.e. no over-the-counter (OTC) or manual trades are allowed.

3. Must have shares in Company’s CCASS account before the market opens

You must have your shares transferred to the Company’s corresponding CCASS account before the commencement of trading on a trading day if you intend to sell the shares during a trading day.

4. Stock and money settlement arrangement

For SSE and SZSE shares trading, stock settlement will be conducted on T-day, while money (including the transaction amount as well as the related fees and levies) will settle on T+1 day. You should ensure you have sufficient RMB in your account for settlement.

5. Company’s right to cancel your orders in case of contingency

The Company shall have the right to cancel your orders without prior notice in case of contingency such as hoisting of Typhoon Signal No 8 or any other incident beyond the control of the Company which may affect order placing or settlement of the transaction. You acknowledge that the Company may be requested by the SEHK, SSE, SZSE or any other China Connect Authority to reject orders from you.

6. Quota restrictions

Purchases of SSE and or SZSE securities through China Connect are subject to certain daily quota controls. As a result, there is no assurance that a buy order can be successfully placed through China Connect.

7. Difference in trading day and trading hours

China Connect allows trading only on the days when both Hong Kong and the respective Mainland Chinese markets are open for trading, and banking service are available in both markets on the corresponding settlement days. You should also note that A shares trading will follow the trading hours of the Exchange where it is listed.

8. Foreign shareholding restriction

Under Mainland China laws, there is a limit to how many shares a single foreign investor is permitted to hold in a single Mainland China listed company. The Company has the right to force-sell your shares upon receiving a forced-sale notification from SEHK. Accordingly, you should ensure you fully understand the Mainland rules and regulations in relation to shareholding restrictions and disclosure obligations and follow such rules and regulations.

9. Short Swing Profit Rule

Under Mainland China laws, the “short swing profit rule” requires investors to return any profits made from purchases and sales in respect of China Connect securities of a Mainland China listed company if (a) your shareholding in the Mainland China listed company exceeds the threshold prescribed by the relevant China Connect authority from time to time and (b) the corresponding sale transaction occurs within the six months after a purchase transaction, or vice versa.

10. Not protected by Investor Compensation Fund

You should note that both SSE and SZSE trading under China Connect will not be covered by Hong Kong’s Investor Compensation Fund. As Hong Kong investors are not carrying out SSE and/or SZSE trading through Mainland brokers, they are not protected by China Securities Investor Protection Fund on the Mainland.

11. Warnings

SSE and/or SZSE may request SEHK to require the Company to issue warning statements (verbally or in writing) to clients, and not to extend SSE and/or SZSE trading service to certain clients.

12. Liability

SEHK, SEHK parent companies and subsidiaries, SSE, SSE subsidiary, SZSE and SZSE subsidiary and their respective directors, employees and agents shall not be responsible or held liable for any loss or damage directly or indirectly suffered by the Company, its clients or any third parties arising from or in connection with SSE and/or SZSE trading or the CSC.


Regulatory Risks: The rules and guidance on listing, trading, disclosure and other matters of SSE STAR vary much from those of the SSE main board. For example, on the listing requirements, lower net profit and revenue requirements will apply for company seeking IPO and listing on the STAR market. Different trading arrangements will apply for the trading of STAR companies, such as daily price limit, minimum order size and maximum order size. For details of the listing requirements and the trading arrangements of the STAR market and the SSE main board, please visit SSE website.

Delisting risks: The delisting standards of the STAR market are different from those of the SSE main board. There are more situations that will lead to the delisting of STAR companies. STAR companies have greater exposure to the risk of being delisted, and such delisting process may be speeded up.

Operating risks: STAR companies are generally in an early stage of development and have a shorter history. They are usually smaller in scale, have less stable operations, and are less resilient against market risks and industry risks. Although they may have higher growth potential and leverage more on technical innovations, their future performance particularly those without a profit track record is susceptible to great uncertainty.

High Share Price Volatility: The share prices of STAR companies may fluctuate largely and frequently due to changing market conditions, investor speculations, inconsistent financial results, etc. The unstable financial result also adds the difficulty to the company valuations.

Technical Risks: There is higher degree of uncertainty whether a STAR company is able to convert its technical innovations into physical products or services. When the industry is experiencing rapid technological development and replacement, its product may be obsolete and may not survive in the market.

Risk Disclosure Statement
Investors should also refer to the standard Risk Disclosure Statement (in Chinese only) in the Investor Eligibility Implementing Measure of STAR Market which Mainland investors are required to acknowledge before trading in SSE STAR market. The link to the Risk Disclosure Statement:

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