NSE Current Affairs

BSE, NSE get SEBI approval to launch commodity derivatives segment

The capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has allowed India’s top two stock exchanges BSE Ltd and National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) to launch commodity derivatives trading from 1 October, 2018. This approval is part of SEBI’s December 2017 announcement of having unified exchange regime wherein stock exchanges will be allowed to offer trading in commodities derivatives. By unified exchange regime  stock exchanges need not to set up different entities to offer commodity trading.

Key Facts

With this approval, BSE will begin trading in commodity derivatives with non-agriculture commodities like metals initially, followed by agri-commodities subsequently. NSE will launch its commodity derivatives segment trading in non-agriculture commodities in initial phase, followed by agriculture commodities, subject to SEBI approval.


Universal exchanges will help in achieving integration of trading in commodity derivatives market with other segments of securities market at exchange level. It will help in providing efficient price discovery, reduction in timelines, cost effective, user-friendly, robust risk management system and wider market penetration. It will help in creating deeper markets with lower spreads and exchange by enhancing competition across all categories of trading. It will offer greater convenience as traders will be able to trade all asset categories from single account. It may also lead to consolidation of cross-holding norms as mergers between exchanges of different categories appear attractive. In longterm, Indian exchanges will find it easier to compete with their global counterparts and they are present in multiple segments.


Equity exchange: It is market in which shares are issued and traded, mostly through exchanges. It is also known as stock market. It gives companies access to capital and investors slice of ownership in company with potential to realize gains based on its future performance. Stock or securities traded in the equity market can be either public stocks, which are those listed on stock exchange or privately traded stocks. In India, NSE and the BSE offer equity and equity derivatives.

Commodity exchange: It is market is mostly related to food, metals or energy derivatives that are important part of everyday life. Types of commodities in this market includes metals like gold, silver, etc., energy like crude oil, natural gas etc. This trading traditionally move in opposition to stocks, so they are used as significant way to diversify  portfolio beyond traditional securities. In India, MCX and NCDEX specialise in commodity derivatives.

Universal exchanges: In this market, any exchanges i.e. can capital market or commodity exchange can offer each products in equity, commodity derivatives, and debt and currency segments. By this stock exchanges need not to set up different entities to offer commodity trading and vice versa.

Month: Categories: Business & Economy Current Affairs 2018


NSE’s India Index Services & Products Ltd launches Nifty equity savings index

The National Stock Exchange’s (NSEs) arm India Index Services & Products Ltd (IISL) has launched Nifty equity savings index that will serve as benchmark for equity saving funds offered by various mutual funds. The index will capture performance of portfolio having exposure to equity, equity arbitrage and debt instruments in similar way to the investment philosophy of equity savings funds.

Nifty equity savings index

The index is total return index capturing price return and dividend or coupon income. Its components are 30% exposure to Nifty 50 total return index; 30% exposure to equity arbitrage (long position in Nifty 50 total return index and equivalent short position in Nifty 50 futures Index); 30% exposure to Nifty short duration debt index; and 5% exposure to Nifty 1D rate index. The base date for index is April 1, 2005 and base value is 1,000. It will be calculated on an end-of-day basis. It will help to fill gap that was there due to absence of relevant benchmark for performance comparison of popular equity savings funds category offered by mutual funds in India.

Index Services & Products Ltd (IISL)

It is subsidiary of National Stock Exchange of India (NSE). It provides variety of indices and index related services and products for Indian capital markets. It is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was founded in March 1998 with objective of providing variety of indices and index related services and products for capital markets. It operates as a subsidiary of NSE Strategic Investment Corporation Limited. It maintains over 100 equity indices comprising broad-based benchmark indices, sectoral indices and customized indices.

Month: Categories: Business & Economy Current Affairs 2018