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BSE plan to launch currency futures by September

business Updated: Aug 10, 2008 10:26 IST
BSE plan to launch currency futures by September

The Bombay Stock Exchange is planning to launch Exchange Traded Currency Futures (ETCF) contracts by early September after SEBI officials inspect its system next week.

"Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) will come next week to inspect our system, which is already in place, and we hope to launch the future contracts in currency by end of August or early September," the outgoing BSE managing director and CEO Rajnikant Patel told PTI.

"Currency futures segment will be managed by a separate division of the exchange under a different structure and regulatory set-up. It will also have separate settlement from stock futures and cash segment as well as fresh set of members to participate in the currency futures market," Patel said.

BSE has already applied with SEBI for setting up the currency derivatives segment and is in line with the recommendations made by RBI-SEBI Standing Technical Committee report on currency futures which was released in May.

It was also exploring strategic arrangements with entities in the forex market to gather domain expertise. Strategic arrangement with established entities in the forex market would 'lend reach, domain expertise and an active participation to this evolving segment.'

The ETCF contracts would facilitate more transparency, efficient price discovery, enable better counter party credit risk management, wider participation and reduced transaction costs.