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Chinese investors flock to Hong Kong to buy stocks they could get at home

Discounts on trading commissions, lower margin-finance charges render the city's securities firms' offerings a bargain compared to the mainland's

A panel displaying the Hang Seng Index outside a bank during afternoon trading in Hong Kong. As mainland brokers tighten margin financing amid increased regulatory scrutiny, Hong Kong securities firms are finding a niche catering to Chinese investors.

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STEPHEN Qin, a 28-year-old office worker in northern China, travelled 1,600 kilometres and set up an account in Hong Kong to trade Chinese stocks he could have bought at home.

The money of thousands of mainland investors is doing a similar round trip, flowing into

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