Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. engages in the operation of stock and futures markets. It operates though the following segments: Cash; Equity and Financial Derivatives; Commodities; Clearing; and Platform and Infrastructure. The Cash segment covers equity products traded on the Cash Market platforms and Shanghai Stock Exchange. The Equity and Financial Derivatives segment includes derivatives products traded on Hong Kong Futures Exchange Limited and the Stock Exchange, and other related activities. The Commodities segment operates an exchange in the United Kingdom for the trading of base metals futures and options contracts. The Clearing segment provides clearing, settlement, depository, and custody and nominee services. The Platform and Infrastructure segment refers to services in connection with providing users with access to the platform and infrastructure. The company was founded on July 8, 1999 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.