HKEX is one of the largest financial market operators in the world. From its home in the financial hub of Hong Kong and an additional base in London, HKEX provides world-class facilities for trading and clearing securities and derivatives in Equities, Commodities, Fixed Income and Currency. HKEX operates Hong Kong's only securities and derivatives exchanges as well as four clearing houses. It is also a leader in the trading and clearing of commodity derivatives through its subsidiaries London Metal Exchange (LME) and LME Clear. HKEX launched the ground-breaking Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme in 2014, allowing international investors to connect easily with Mainland China's stock market for the first time. The scheme was expanded with the launch of Shenzhen Connect in 2016 and extended to another asset class with the launch of Bond Connect in 2017.