SFC-authorized UCITS funds of the following fund types will generally be considered permissible for MPF investment purposes pursuant to section 8(2)(c) of Schedule 1 to the Regulation and paragraph 12(a) of Guidelines III.2:
- A non-derivative fund (defined as one with a net derivative exposure of up to 50% of its net asset value) that is not a specialized scheme under Chapter 8 of Section II of the SFC Handbook for Unit Trusts and Mutual Funds, Investment-Linked Assurance Schemes and Unlisted Structured Investment Products (SFC Handbook);
- A money market fund as defined in Chapter 8.2 of Section II of the SFC Handbook; or
- An unlisted index fund or index tracking exchange traded fund as defined in Chapter 8.6 of Section II of the SFC Handbook which (i) does not adopt a synthetic replication strategy through the use of financial derivative instruments to replicate the index performance, and (ii) is not already approved by the Authority under section 6A of Schedule 1 to the Regulation.
Yes, pursuant to section 15(2)(a) of Schedule 1 to the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (General) Regulation (Regulation), an MPF fund may enter into a currency forward contract with an eligible overseas bank. Pursuant to section 13 of the of the Regulation, an eligible overseas bank
- is a bank incorporated outside Hong Kong and not holding a valid banking licence under the Banking Ordinance (Cap. 155) and
- satisfies a minimum credit rating set by the Authority, based on the credit rating of the bank as determined by an approved credit rating agency.
Trustees should note that some overseas financial institutions, which provide currency trading services, are not incorporated as banks. As such, trustees should ensure that their investment managers have put in place relevant control measures to review the eligibility of their counterparty prior to entering into any currency forward contract.
Applications for Approval in relation to Trustee / MPF Scheme / Constituent Fund / Pooled Investment Fund / Index-tracking Collective Investment Scheme
The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance specifies the persons who can make applications to the Authority for approval of trustee, registration of MPF scheme and approval of constituent fund.
In general, applications involving registration of MPF scheme and approval of constituent fund require approved trustees to be the persons who can make applications to the Authority.
For other types of applications, please refer to the guidelines issued by the Authority. You may refer to respective guidelines via the link below:
The Authority has issued guidelines relating to the application for registration of MPF scheme and the application for approval of trustee / constituent fund / pooled investment fund / index-tracking collective investment scheme. Application forms, information and documents required for submission of a particular type of application are specified in the relevant guideline issued by the Authority.
To assist applicants in preparing applications, the Authority has also issued information and document checklists which can be accessed via the link below:
When making an application to the Authority, you should note the application fee applicable to your particular application. For details, please refer to Q3 of this FAQ.
For application for approval of constituent fund, applicants are advised to submit the electronic application forms with all relevant supporting documents to the Authority via the eApplication Submission Platform for MPF Products (eAS) at: https://eas.mpfa.org.hk. To use the eAS, applicants should register with the Authority for opening an applicant account by sending a registration request to: MPFesubmission@mpfa.org.hk.
For other types of application, applicants should send the application forms with all relevant supporting documents to the designated email address: MPFesubmission@mpfa.org.hk.
An application fee is required for application relating to approval of trustee / registration of MPF scheme / approval of constituent fund and pooled investment fund.
The application fees are prescribed in the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (Fees) Regulation, which can be accessed via the link below:
You can pay the application fee by either cheque made payable to “MPFA Administration Account” or e-Cheque via e-Cheque Collection Portal which can be found on the Authority’s website.
MPF scheme / constituent fund / pooled investment fund are required to be authorized by the SFC.
Under the current arrangement agreed between the Authority and the SFC, an application is first reviewed by the Authority. Subject to the Authority’s satisfaction with the review result, the Authority would agree in principle (AIP) to grant approval to the application and issue an AIP letter to the applicant. The applicant should then submit an application to the SFC to seek the SFC’s authorization.
After the SFC has granted authorization, the applicant should submit all relevant documents to the Authority for obtaining the Authority’s approval.