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1     The key points herein are set forth in accordance with Chapter 9 and other relevant provisions of the operating rules of the Taiwan Futures Exchange Corporation ("TAIFEX"). Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall observe these key points in carrying out clearing and settlement operations.
2     Deposit of cash clearing margins
  1. The business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. of the following day.
  2. To deposit the cash clearing margins (for proprietary or customer accounts) into the margin account of the TAIFEX, clearing members shall remit the funds, by the means announced by the TAIFEX, into the clearing margin bank account opened by the TAIFEX with the clearing bank.
  3. After completing the aforesaid operation, clearing members shall make a computer transmission to notify the TAIFEX Clearing Department. In the event of any malfunction in the computer system, clearing members shall fill out a Clearing Margin Deposit Notice and fax it to the Clearing Department of the TAIFEX and call the same for notification purpose.
  4. The clearing margin deposited by a clearing member by 7:30 p.m. on the TAIFEX business day shall be included in the clearing member's clearing margin equity of the current day. The clearing margin that a clearing member deposits after 7:30 p.m. shall be included in the clearing margin equity of the following business day.
3     Withdrawal of cash clearing margins
  1. The business hours for this operation are 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  2. A clearing member carrying out procedures for same-day withdrawal of cash clearing margin shall transmit by computer to the TAIFEX Clearing Department during the prescribed hours, to apply for withdrawal of excess cash margin. The TAIFEX will review the amount of margin that is available for withdrawal by the clearing member, and when the withdrawable amount exceeds the amount indicated in the application, the TAIFEX shall remit the funds into the clearing member's segregated clearing margin account (proprietary or customer account). When the withdrawable amount is less than the amount indicated in the application, the application is deemed invalid. The TAIFEX shall accept applications from the clearing member in accordance with the following rules:
    1. If the clearing member completes the application by 9 a.m., the TAIFEX shall remit the funds into the clearing member's segregated clearing margin account (proprietary or customer account) by 10 a.m. of the same day.
    2. If the clearing member completes the application during the period from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the TAIFEX shall remit the funds into the clearing member's segregated clearing margin account (proprietary or customer account) by 12 noon of the same day.
    3. If the clearing member completes the application during the period from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the TAIFEX shall remit the funds into the clearing member's segregated clearing margin account (proprietary or customer account) by 3 p.m. of the same day.
    4. If the clearing member completes the application during the period from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., the TAIFEX shall remit the funds into the clearing member's segregated clearing margin account (proprietary or customer account) by 3:45 p.m. of the same day.
  3. A clearing member carrying out procedures for next-day withdrawal of cash margin shall transmit by computer to the TAIFEX Clearing Department during the hours from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to apply for withdrawal of excess margin. The TAIFEX, after completing the marking to market operation for position settlement for the day, will review amount of margin that is available for withdrawal by the clearing member. When the withdrawable amount exceeds the amount indicated in the application, the TAIFEX will notify the clearing bank to remit the funds into the clearing member's segregated clearing margin account (proprietary or customer account) by 9 a.m. of the next day. When the withdrawable amount is less than the amount indicated in the application, the application is deemed invalid. Clearing members who desire to change the amount for withdrawal shall re-apply by computer during business hours.
  4. Clearing member cash margin equity shall be calculated separately for New Taiwan dollar and TAIFEX-announced foreign currency accounts, and combined to arrive at the combined total cash equity. If the combined total cash equity is a positive value, an application may be submitted to withdraw the excess margin amount from the total cash equity. Excess cash margin can be withdrawn from different currency accounts as follows:
    1. Only when the combined total cash equity and the New Taiwan dollar account are both positive in value can an application be submitted to withdraw New Taiwan dollars; the withdrawable amount shall be limited to the amount of the excess margin within the combined total cash equity, or the excess margin within the New Taiwan dollar account, whichever is lower.
    2. Only when the combined total cash equity and the equity of the foreign currency account desired to be withdrawn from are both positive in value can an application be made to withdraw such foreign currency; the withdrawable amount shall be in such foreign currency only, and limited to the amount of the excess margin within the combined total cash equity, or the excess margin within the foreign currency account, whichever is lower.
    3. If the foreign currency of the foreign currency account as referred to in the preceding subparagraph is US dollars or Japanese Yen, the maximum withdrawable amount shall additionally have deducted from it the margins in such foreign currency that customers other than offshore overseas Chinese, foreign nationals, and mainland-area investors shall pay when trading US dollar or Japanese Yen-denominated products; if the amount after the deduction is a negative value, such foreign currency may not be withdrawn. If the foreign currency of the account is Renminbi, the maximum withdrawable amount shall additionally have deducted from it the margins in Renminbi payable on Renminbi-denominated products; if the amount after the deduction is a negative value, the Renminbi may not be withdrawn
  5. In the event of any malfunction in the computer system when clearing members conduct same-day or next-day withdrawal of clearing margins, they shall fill out an Application for Same-Day Withdrawal of Clearing Margin, or an Application for Next-Day Withdrawal of Clearing Margin, and fax it to the Clearing Department of the TAIFEX and call the same for notification purpose. Clearing members shall deliver the original of the Application for Same-Day Withdrawal of Clearing Margin to the Clearing Department of the TAIFEX by 5 p.m. on the day of the application; clearing members shall deliver the original of the Application for Next-Day Withdrawal of Clearing Margin to the Clearing Department of the TAIFEX before the closing of the regular trading session on the next business day.
4      Intra-session margin call for the regular trading session
  1. The business hours for this operation are 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  2. Upon receiving the notice of margin call from TAIFEX during business hours via computer linkup, clearing members shall confirm the additional margin required and notify the clearing bank within one hour to remit the cash clearing margin funds of no less than the amount required into the clearing margin account of the TAIFEX. If a clearing member cannot make the payment of margins in the foreign currency within the time limit because it is past the business hours of the clearing bank, the clearing member shall make the payment in New Taiwan Dollars or another foreign currency as announced by the TAIFEX.
  3. After completing the aforesaid operation, clearing members shall transmit by computer to the TAIFEX Clearing Department. In the event of any malfunction in the computer system, the clearing members shall fill out a Clearing Margin Deposit Notice and fax it to the Clearing Department of the TAIFEX and call the same for notification purpose.
5     Position adjustment
  1. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 1:45 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 4:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 6:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  2. When applying for position adjustment, futures commission merchants shall apply via computer linkup during the business hours of the TAIFEX to have the position transferred into the correct account and check the veracity of the position adjustment through computer linkup. If any malfunction occurs in the computer system, the futures commission merchant may fill out a Position Adjustment Application Form, and notify the TAIFEX Clearing Department by fax and telephone for further handling.
6     Trade position settlement on the expiration date
    The trade position settlement at expiration for each type of futures trading contracts shall be handled in accordance with the business hours set out below:
  1. Index futures contracts
    1. The business hours for settling index futures contracts are from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the final settlement day. However, in the case of foreign index futures contracts, if the TAIFEX can obtain the final settlement price before 9:30 a.m. on the final settlement day, the business hour for settlement is 9:30 a.m. on the final settlement day.
    2. Where a clearing member has open positions for the contract spot month after the market closes on the last trading day, the TAIFEX shall, during the business hours on the final settlement day, settle the expired positions at the final settlement price and include the gain or loss thereupon into the calculation of the clearing margin of the same day.
  2. Index option contracts
    1. Query of buyer exercise list
      1. The business hours for making query are 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. TAIFEX will post the final settlement price and produce buyer exercise reference list at 2:30 p.m.
      3. Futures commission merchants may make query of the aforesaid list via computer linkup after it is available until 03:30 p.m. on the same day.
      4. Futures commission merchants should check the final buyer exercise list via computer linkup after it is available from 03:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., print it out and save the file.
    2. Making changes to buyer exercise reference list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. Futures commission merchants may carry out the addition to or deletion from the buyer exercise reference list during the aforesaid business hours.
      3. Futures commission merchants may add to or delete from buyer exercise reference performance list according to customer instructions during the aforesaid business hours.
    3. Query of writer exercise assignment list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. TAIFEX will produce a writer exercise assignment list on a random basis at 3:30 p.m.
      3. Futures commission merchants should check the aforesaid list via computer linkup after it becomes available until 5:00 p.m., print it out and save the file.
    4. Position settlement operation on the expiration date
      1. The business hours for this operation are 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. During the aforesaid period, the TAIFEX will carry out settlement of open positions on expired options by the final settlement price according to the final buyer exercise list, and include the gain or loss thereupon into the calculation of the clearing margin of the same day.
      3. Clearing members may check the balance of their clearing margin account via computer linkup after the TAIFEX finishes the position settlement.
  3. Stock option contracts
    1. Query of buyer exercise list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. The TAIFEX shall post the final settlement price and produce a buyer exercise reference list at 2:30 p.m.
      3. Futures commission merchants may check the aforesaid list via computer linkup after it becomes available until 3:30 p.m.
      4. Futures commission merchants shall check the final buyer exercise list via computer linkup after it is available from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., print it out and save the file.
    2. Making posts or deletions to buyer exercise reference list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. Futures commission merchants may add or delete traders information on the buyer exercise reference list during the aforesaid business hours.
      3. Futures commission merchants may add to or delete from buyer exercise reference list according to trader instructions during the aforesaid business hours.
    3. Query of writer exercise assignment list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. TAIFEX shall perform writer exercise assignment and produce a writer exercise assignment list on a random basis at 3:30 p.m.
      3. Futures commission merchants shall check the writer exercise assignment list via computer linkup after it is available until 5:00 p.m., print it out and save the file
    4. Position settlement operation on the expiration date
      1. The business hours for this operation are 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. During the aforesaid period, the TAIFEX will carry out settlement of open positions on expired options by the price difference between the value of the underlying assets calculated based on the final settlement price, and the exercise value according to the final buyer exercise list, and include the gain or loss thereupon into the calculation of the clearing margin of the same day.
      3. Clearing members may check the balance of their clearing margin account via computer linkup after the TAIFEX finishes the position settlement.
  4. 10-Year Government Bond Futures Contracts
    1. Opening of the clearing member book-entry bond settlement account
      1. A clearing member shall open a book-entry bond settlement account at the clearing bank designated by the TAIFEX and report the account information to the TAIFEX, for purposes of handling book-entry bond remittance operations.
    2. Calculation of equity for expired positions
      1. The business time for this operation is 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the last trading day.
      2. After market closing on the last trading day, the TAIFEX will calculate the equity for clearing members' open positions for that delivery month based on the final settlement price, and include the gain or loss thereupon into the calculation of the clearing margin of the same day.
      3. Beginning from 12:30 p.m., clearing members shall query the amount of their clearing margin equity by computer operation, and print them out, verify them, and keep them on file.
    3. Futures commission merchants and clearing member transfer and reporting procedures for bond settlement by sellers
      1. The business time for this operation is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the business day next following the last trading day.
      2. Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall instruct sellers to transfer the bonds deliverable for settlement into the book-entry bond settlement account of the TAIFEX by 3 p.m. and, after obtaining the itemized statement of the transfer of the bonds for settlement, report to the TAIFEX via computer linkup. If the seller is unable to complete the transfer, the futures commission merchant or clearing member shall instruct it to provide proof of settlement capability.
    4. Futures commission merchant and clearing member payment procedures for price settlement by buyers
      1. The business time for this operation is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the business day next following the last trading day.
      2. Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall instruct buyers to remit the price into their segregated customer margin account by 3 p.m. based on the settlement prices publicly announced by the TAIFEX for deliverable bonds of each series. If the buyer is unable to complete payment of the price, the futures commission merchant or clearing member shall instruct it to provide proof of payment capability.
    5. Futures commission merchant and clearing member account reporting procedures for bonds receivable by buyers for settlement
      1. The business time for this operation is from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the business day next following the last trading day.
      2. Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall report to the TAIFEX via computer linkup by 4 p.m. the book-entry bond accounts for bonds receivable by buyers for settlement.
    6. Futures commission merchant and clearing member remittance and reporting procedures for handling of bond settlement for sellers who have provided proof of settlement capability
      1. The business time for this operation is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second business day following the last trading day.
      2. Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall notify sellers who have provided proof of settlement capability to transfer the bonds for settlement into the TAIFEX book-entry bond settlement account by 11 a.m., and obtain itemized statements of transfer of the bonds for settlement from the sellers. If a seller is unable to complete the transfer, the futures commission merchant or clearing member shall instruct it to remit the price, based upon the net cash settlement price publicly announced by the TAIFEX, by 1:30 p.m. into its segregated customer margin account. The method for determining the cash settlement price shall be handled as provided in (k).
      3. Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall report itemized statements of transfers of bonds for settlement by sellers to the TAIFEX via computer linkup by 11 a.m.
    7. Futures commission merchant and clearing member procedures for handling of settlement price payment for buyers who have provided proof of settlement capability
      1. The business time for this operation is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second business day following the last trading day.
      2. Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall instruct buyers who have provided proof of settlement capability to remit the payment for settlement into their segregated customer margin accounts with the futures commission merchant or clearing member by 1:30 p.m., based upon the settlement prices publicly announced by the TAIFEX for the individual bond series.
    8. Assignment of receivable bonds for settlement and calculation of settlement price
      1. The business time for this operation is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second business day following the last trading day.
      2. From 11 a.m. the TAIFEX shall produce a list of bonds deliverable by sellers for settlement based upon the quantity of bonds for settlement transferred by sellers, and then by a random method produce a list assigning bonds to buyers for settlement, and calculate the settlement prices, and produce lists of settlement prices payable by buyers and receivable by sellers.
      3. Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall, from the time that the list of bonds deliverable for settlement by sellers, the list of bonds assigned to buyers for settlement, and the list of settlement prices payable by buyers and the list of settlement prices receivable by sellers have been produced until 4 p.m., query the lists via computer linkup, and print them out, verify them, and keep them on file.
    9. Settlement price collection/payment
      1. The business time for this operation is from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second business day following the last trading day.
      2. Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall deposit prices payable for settlement into the segregated clearing margin account designated by the TAIFEX by 2:30 p.m.
      3. Beginning from 2:30 p.m., the TAIFEX shall carry out collection/payment procedures for settlement prices payable by buyers and receivable by sellers, and include it in calculating the amount of clearing margin equity of clearing members.
      4. Beginning from 2:30 p.m., clearing members shall query the amount of their clearing margin equity via computer linkup, and print it out, verify it, and save the file.
    10. Transfer of bonds receivable by buyers for settlement
      1. The business time for this operation is from 2:30 p.m. on the second business day following the last trading day.
      2. After completing the collection/payment of settlement prices, the TAIFEX shall produce a transfer list for bonds receivable by buyers for settlement, and notify the clearing banks to transfer the bonds for settlement from the TAIFEX's book-entry bond settlement account into the sellers' book-entry bond accounts.
      3. Where a buyer has not paid the settlement price, the clearing member shall report its book-entry bond settlement account for handling bond settlement. The TAIFEX will then notify the clearing bank to transfer the bonds for settlement from the TAIFEX book-entry bond settlement account into the book-entry bond settlement account reported by the clearing member.
      4. After the transfer lists of bonds receivable by buyers for settlement have been produced, futures commission merchants and clearing members shall query the lists via computer linkup, and print them out, verify them, and keep them on file.
    11. Handling of insufficient bonds for settlement
      1. The business time for this operation is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second business day following the last trading day.
      2. When the TAIFEX encounters insufficient bonds for settlement, beginning from 11 a.m. it shall calculate cash settlement prices based upon the amount of the insufficiency, and produce lists of net cash settlement prices receivable by buyers and payable by sellers.
      3. By 2:30 p.m., futures commission merchants and clearing members shall deposit net cash settlement prices payable into the segregated clearing margin account designated by the TAIFEX.
      4. Beginning from 2:30 p.m., the TAIFEX shall carry out procedures for collection/payment of net cash settlement prices by clearing members, and include it in calculating the amount of clearing margin equity of clearing members.
      5. Beginning from 2:30 p.m., clearing members shall query the amount of their clearing margin equity via computer linkup, and print it out, verify it, and save the file.
      6. The method for determining the cash settlement price is as follows:
        1. After comparison of the theoretical futures price calculated for the last trading day's cheapest-to-deliver bond and the final settlement price for 10-year government bond futures contracts, the cash settlement price shall be the higher of the two.
        2. TAIFEX shall separately adopt methods for determining the cheapest-to-deliver bond and calculating its theoretical futures price.
    12. Procedures for futures commission merchants reporting default by traders
    13.     Where any of the following circumstances applies to a trader, the futures commission merchant shall report to the TAIFEX in accordance with the TAIFEX Guidelines for Futures Commission Merchants in Reporting Default by Principals:
      1. Failure by a buyer to pay the settlement price;
      2. Inability by a seller to complete delivery of the securities for settlement, and furthermore failure to pay the net cash settlement price in accordance with regulations.
  5. Gold Futures Contracts and New Taiwan Dollar-denominated Gold Futures Contracts
  6. Except where other regulations permit the conversion of the futures position to physical gold as defined under the Taipei Exchange Regulations Governing Registration and Trading of Physical Gold, settlement upon the expiration of this Contract shall be conducted as set out below:
    1. The business hour for this operation is 9:30 a.m. on the final settlement day.
    2. Where a clearing member has open positions for the spot month after the market closes on the last trading day, the TAIFEX shall, during the business hours on the final settlement day, settle the expired positions at the final settlement price, and include the gain or loss thereupon into the calculation of the clearing margin of the same day.
  7. Gold Option Contracts
  8. Except where other regulations permit the conversion of the options position to physical gold as defined under the Taipei Exchange Regulations Governing Registration and Trading of Physical Gold, settlement upon the expiration of this Contract shall be conducted as set out below:
    1. Query of buyer exercise list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. The TAIFEX shall post the final settlement price and produce a buyer exercise reference list at 9:30 a.m.
      3. Futures commission merchants may check the aforesaid list via computer linkup after it becomes available until 11:00 a.m.
      4. Futures commission merchants shall check the final buyer exercise list via computer linkup after it is available from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., print it out and save the file.
    2. Making posts or deletions to buyer exercise reference list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the expiration day.
      2. Futures commission merchants may add or delete traders information on the buyer exercise reference list during the aforesaid business hours.
      3. Futures commission merchants may add to or delete from buyer exercise reference list according to trader instructions during the aforesaid business hours.
    3. Query of writer exercise assignment list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. TAIFEX shall perform writer exercise assignment and produce a writer exercise assignment list on a random basis at 11:00 a.m.
      3. Futures commission merchants shall check the writer exercise assignment list via computer linkup after it is available until 4:00 p.m., print it out and save the file.
    4. Position settlement operation on the expiration date
      1. The business hours for this operation are 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the expiration day.
      2. During the aforesaid period, the TAIFEX will carry out settlement of open positions on expired options based on the final settlement price according to the final buyer exercise list, and include the gain or loss thereupon into the calculation of the clearing margin of the same day.
      3. Clearing members may check the balance of their clearing margin account via computer linkup after the TAIFEX finishes the position settlement.
  9. Single stock futures contracts
    1. The business hours for this operation are from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the final settlement day.
    2. If after market close on the last trading day a clearing member has open contract positions for that delivery month, the TAIFEX will conduct settlement for expired positions during business hours on the final settlement day using the final settlement price to calculate the value of the underlying assets, and include the gain or loss thereupon into the calculation of the clearing margin of the same day.
  10. Forex futures contracts
    1. The business hours for this operation are as follows on the final settlement day.
      1. USD/CNH FX Futures Contracts and USD/CNT FX Futures Contracts: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      2. EUR/USD FX Futures Contracts and USD/JPY FX Futures Contracts: 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    2. If after market close on the last trading day a clearing member has open contract positions for that delivery month, the TAIFEX will conduct settlement for expired positions during business hours on the final settlement day at the final settlement price, and include the gain or loss thereupon into the calculation of the clearing margin of the same day.
  11. Forex options contracts
    1. Query of buyer exercise list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. The TAIFEX shall post the final settlement price and produce a buyer exercise reference list at 11:30 a.m.
      3. Futures commission merchants may check the aforesaid list via computer linkup after it becomes available until 12:30 a.m.
      4. Futures commission merchants shall check the final buyer exercise list via computer linkup after it is available from 12:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., print it out and save the file.
    2. Making posts or deletions to buyer exercise reference list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the expiration day.
      2. Futures commission merchants may add or delete traders information on the buyer exercise reference list during the aforesaid business hours.
      3. Futures commission merchants may add to or delete from buyer exercise reference list according to trader instructions during the aforesaid business hours.
    3. Query of writer exercise assignment list
      1. The business hours for this operation are 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the expiration day.
      2. TAIFEX shall perform writer exercise assignment and produce a writer exercise assignment list on a random basis at 12:30 p.m.
      3. Futures commission merchants shall check the writer exercise assignment list via computer linkup after it is available until 5:00 p.m., print it out and save the file.
    4. Position settlement operation on the expiration date
      1. The business hours for this operation are 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on the expiration day.
      2. During the aforesaid period, the TAIFEX will carry out settlement of open positions on expired options based on the final settlement price according to the final buyer exercise list, and include the gain or loss thereupon into the calculation of the clearing margin of the same day.
      3. Clearing members may check the balance of their clearing margin account via computer linkup after the TAIFEX finishes the position settlement.
     If the final settlement price for any type of futures trading contracts under the preceding paragraph has not been announced before the prescribed business hours, the TAIFEX may adjust the business hours for trade position settlement at expiration in view of market conditions.
7     Margin call for the regular trading session after the close of the regular trading session
  1. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 1:45 p.m., the business hours for this operation are before 3:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 4:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are before 5:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 6:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are before 7:30 p.m.
  2. Clearing members shall check their margin equity with the TAIFEX via computer linkup after TAIFEX finishes the position settlement. Where the margin equity is less than the required clearing margin, clearing members shall remit the deficit during business hours of the TAIFEX into their margin account (proprietary or customer) with the clearing bank. The Clearing Department of the TAIFEX will notify the clearing bank to transfer the funds into TAIFEX account. If a clearing member cannot make the payment of margins in the foreign currency within the time limit because it is past the business hours of the clearing bank, the clearing member shall make the payment in New Taiwan Dollars or another foreign currency as announced by the TAIFEX, and shall deposit the additional margin in the foreign currency into the TAIFEX margin account by 10 a.m. of the following business day.
8     Foreign exchange settlement agent services for margin
  1. Futures commission merchants and clearing members engaging in brokerage trading of futures contracts quoted in a foreign currency shall deposit margin in a foreign currency announced by the TAIFEX, provided that if it is not possible to meet a margin call or complete a remittance of margin in the foreign currency within the required time, the clearing member may first deposit the funds with the TAIFEX in New Taiwan dollars or another foreign currency as announced by the TAIFEX, and the TAIFEX will carry out exchange settlement on its behalf or handle the matter pursuant to applicable regulations.
  2. Matters relating to exchange settlement and reporting shall be handled pursuant to the applicable regulations of the competent authority for foreign exchange.
9      Acceptance or rejection of transfers of expiring positions in international cooperative products
  1. The term "international cooperative products" in this operation refers to futures trading contracts denominated in New Taiwan Dollars and listed on a foreign futures exchange pursuant to a cooperative agreement signed between the TAIFEX and the foreign futures exchange with the approval of the competent authority.
  2. A futures commission merchant may perform this operation only after the TAIFEX has transmitted to the futures commission merchant the information on the expiring position in the International Cooperative Products. The futures commission merchant shall complete the operation before 7:45 a.m. on the same day.
10     Position netting
  1. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 1:45 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 4:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 6:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  2. Futures commission merchants may apply for position netting during the aforesaid business hours. The position netting that they apply for will take effect immediately. They may check the results of the position netting via computer linkup.
11     Combination of assigned positions
  1. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 1:45 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 4:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 6:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  2. Futures commission merchants may apply for combination of assigned positions during the aforesaid business hours and check the result via computer linkup. The combination takes effect immediately upon application.
12     Offset of assigned positions
  1. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 1:45 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 4:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 6:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  2. Futures commission merchants may apply for offset of assigned positions during the aforesaid business hours and check the result via computer linkup. The offset takes effect immediately upon application.
13     Combination of spread positions in futures contracts
  1. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 1:45 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 4:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the trading hours for the futures contract close at 6:15 p.m., the business hours for this operation are 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  2. During the business hours for this operation, the TAIFEX will prepare an itemized table of futures contract spread position combinations, broken down by clearing member, based on the balance of positions of eligible futures contract spread position combinations in each trading account on that day. Futures commission merchants and clearing members may check the results via computer.
14     Contract adjustments as a result of cash dividend distributions made by the issuer of the securities underlying, or as a result of distributions of income from the beneficial certificates underlying, a single stock futures contract
  1. One business day before the date on which adjustments to the contract in question take effect
    1. The business hours for this operation are 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    2. In tandem with the contract adjustments in connection with a cash dividend distribution or income distribution, the TAIFEX will produce a list indicating the adjustments in terms of addition to long equity value and deduction from short equity value.
    3. Futures commission merchants and clearing members shall check the list via computer linkup after it is available and print it out and save the file.
  2. The date on which the contract adjustments take effect
    1. The business hours for this operation are before 7:00 a.m.
    2. In tandem with the cash dividend distribution or income distribution coming into effect, the TAIFEX will make the adjustment in terms of addition to long equity value and deduction from short equity value, keeping the equity value unchanged.
    3. Each clearing member shall check its clearing margin equity via computer linkup after the information is available and print it out and save the file.
15      Position handling during the after-hours trading session
  1. Except where otherwise provided, positions in futures trading contracts that are transacted during the after-hours trading session will be included, prior to 7:00 a.m. of the following regular trading session, into the positions of the regular trading session.
  2. Except where otherwise provided, any position adjustment, position netting, specified position combinations, and specified position offsets for futures trading contracts, as well as futures contract spread positions, from during the after-hours trading session, shall be included into the following regular trading session.
16      Margin call for the after-hours trading session
  1. From the commencement of the preceding after-hours trading session until the close of the current day's regular trading session for all futures trading contracts, the margin call for the after-hours trading session shall be consolidated into the intra-session margin call for the current day's regular trading session.
  2. Margin call operations will not be conducted during the after-hours trading session that is held after the close of the current day's regular trading session for all futures trading contracts.
17     These Operational Key Points and any amendments hereto shall be implemented by public announcement after being reported to the competent authority for recordation.