Invest in Hang Seng

Find out how you can invest in the Hang Seng, the largest stocks in China.

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The Hang Seng index is made up of the Hong Kong stock market’s 50 largest companies by market capitalisation. The 50 stocks are grouped into four categories: finance, utilities, property and commerce and industry.

What stocks are on the Hang Seng?

  • HSBC Holdings plc
  • Hang Seng Bank Ltd
  • HKEx Limited
  • China Construction Bank
  • AIA Group Limited
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
  • Ping An Insurance
  • BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) Ltd
  • China Life
  • Bank of Communications Ltd
  • Bank of China Ltd
  • CLP Holdings Limited
  • Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
  • Power Assets Holdings Limited
  • Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited
  • Henderson Land Development Company Limited
  • New World Development Company Limited
  • Sino Land Company Limited
  • Hang Lung Properties Limited
  • China Overseas Land & Investment Limited
  • The Link REIT
  • China Resources Land Limited
  • CK Property Holdings Limited
  • Wharf Real Estate Investment Company Limited
  • Country Garden
  • CK Hutchison Holdings Limited
  • Swire Group
  • Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd.
  • MTR Corporation Ltd
  • Want Want China Holdings Ltd
  • Geely Auto
  • CITIC Pacific Ltd
  • WH Group
  • Sinopec Corp
  • Techtronic Industries
  • Tencent Holdings Limited
  • China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited
  • PetroChina Company Limited
  • CNOOC Ltd
  • China Mobile Ltd
  • Hengan International Group Co. Ltd
  • China Shenhua Energy
  • CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Ltd
  • Sino Biopharm
  • Sands China
  • AAC Tech
  • Shenzhou International
  • Mengniu Dairy
  • Sunny Optical
  • Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited

What are the Hang Seng trading hours?

You can trade stocks on the Hang Seng index from 9:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm Monday to Friday Hong Kong standard time (that’s 1:30am-4am and 5am-8am in GMT, so you’ll need to be an early bird to get the worm).

Why invest in the Hang Seng index?

Hang Seng can expose you to some of the biggest companies in China all at the same time. The Hang Seng can be pretty volatile, which is why it is popular with some investors.

How did coronavirus impact the Hang Seng index?

As with most of the stock markets worldwide, the Hang Seng took a hit in early March, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s recovered a lot since then but is yet to return to its value pre-pandemic.

How do I invest in Hang Seng?

The easiest way to invest in the Hang Seng index is to invest in exchange-traded funds (ETFs). ETFs are a bunch of stocks that are created to reflect the behaviour of an underlying index, such as the Hang Seng.

Hang Seng ETFs

  • Hang Seng Investment Index Funds Series III – Hang Seng FTSE China 50 ETF
  • Hang Seng China A Share ETF Series – Hang Seng China A Industry Top Index ETF
  • Hang Seng Investment Index Funds Series – Hang Seng CEI ETF
  • Amundi Hang Seng HK 35 Index ETF
  • Hang Seng TECH Index ETF

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Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
eToro Free Stocks
0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
N/A
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
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IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
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Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
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Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
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Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
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Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
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AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
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Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
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0.61%
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Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
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Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
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No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
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Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
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Saxo Markets Pension
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£10
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No annual fee
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Penfold
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4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
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£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
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