Hang Seng: Market overview
What is the Hang Seng?
The Hang Seng is a stock market index based in Hong Kong.
Because of Hong Kong's status as a special administrative region of China, there are close ties between the two economies. Many Chinese companies are therefore listed on the Hang Seng.
The Hong Kong stock market’s regular trading hours are Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm HKST (1:30am to 8am GMT).
Companies listed on the Hang Seng market index are called constituents. Household names on the Hang Seng include AIA, Alibaba and HSBC.
How to invest in the Hang Seng
You can choose to buy the shares of individual companies listed on the Hang Seng, or track the performance of the index as a whole.
Common ways to track performance include investing in index tracker funds or Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). This method of investing provides more diversification than choosing individual shares but you should remember that all investments go down as well as up, so you could get back less than you invest.
Investing in individual companies isn’t right for everyone – it’s higher risk as your investment is dependent on the fate of that company. If a company fails, you risk losing your whole investment. You should make sure you understand the companies you’re investing in, their specific risks, and make sure any shares you own are held as part of a diversified portfolio.
If you’re not sure of the suitability of an investment for your circumstances seek advice.