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BSE inks cyber security MoU with IIT Kanpur

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has signed cyber security MoU (memorandum of understanding) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.

IIT Kanpur will assist BSE in testing its vulnerabilities in Information Technology (IT) system and network and help forming guidelines and auditing security operations.

The key highlights of MoU includes

  • Cooperation for cyber security research in financial markets
  • Develop tools to strengthen cyber security and advise BSE in its cyber related issues.
  • Develop and foster an environment to deal with current & future cyber security challenges

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BSE extends direct market access facility to foreign portfolio investors (FPI)

On 19 August the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has extended the direct market access facility (DMA) to foreign portfolio investors (FPI).

Henceforth, the foreign investors will have direct access to the exchange trading system in Indian stock market without any manual interventions of the broker.

Earlier FPI had to conduct stock exchange trading in BSE through the broker who used to manually place the orders on their behalf.

According to SEBI regulations FPI seeking to avail DMA facility would not have to enter into a separate ‘broker- client agreement’ and it would be replaced by a simpler ‘terms and conditions’ document.

Broker’s role:

  • Henceforth the broker have to specifically authorize their clients and have to provide a technologically secure DMA system to their FPI clients.
  • They are obliged to maintain client KYC records relating to exchange trading and have to maintain client margins in a separate bank account and also have to send settlement updates to the client including delivery/payment schedules.

Implications:

  • This step by BSE will provide FPI clients a direct control over their orders, now they can execute orders faster, secure and in transparent manner.
  • It will increase liquidity in stock exchange market and will have lower impact costs for large orders.
  • The FPI clients can now audit trails in better way and can use hedging and arbitrage opportunities through the use of decision support tools i.e. algorithms for trading in better way

About BSE:

Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in Asia formed by eight native stock brokers association in 1875 located at Dala street, Mumbai.

It got temporary approval by Bombay government in 1927 and permanent approval by Indian Government on 31 Aug 1957.

Today it is 10th largest stock market in the world by market capitalization at $1.7 trillion and has more than 5,000 companies listed in it.

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BSE sets up advisory group on REITs

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has set up an advisory group on REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), which seeks to attract long-term funds to the investment-deficient realty sector from both foreign as well as domestic investors. The Budget 2014-15 also offers incentives like exemption from long-term capital gains tax to promote REITs, which could be listed on the bourses like company shares and permits retail and institutional investors to trade in those securities.

The BSE has decided to make an 11-member advisory group of experts from real estate, securities market participants like merchant bankers, legal professionals and consultants in real estate to orderly help develop the REITs and to make it popular among investors and advise them newly proposed framework on REITs.

As per experts, REITs can attract humungous $10 billion foreign funds into the real estate sector.

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