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Vikram Limaye, chief executive officer of National Stock Exchange. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Vikram Limaye, chief executive officer of National Stock Exchange. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

NSE hopeful of consolidating offshore business at GIFT City

In a move to curb shifting of volumes to overseas markets after imposition of LTCG tax, both NSE and BSE have decided to stop giving data to SGX and Dubai

Kolkata: The National Stock Exchange (NSE) is hopeful of consolidating trading volume at its subsidiary NSE IFSC Exchange in Gujarat's GIFT City in the long term even as it awaits the outcome of offshore derivative tussle with Singapore Exchange (SGX), a top official has said. "We have received CFTC (Commodities Futures Trading Commission) nod for NSE, and in a few months, we will get a nod for NSE IFSC in GIFT City," NSE chief executive Vikram Limaye said in Kolkata on Sunday.

Limaye said this should not come in the way of people being able to trade in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, or GIFT City. He said it takes time to build liquidity but the bourse is actively working with investors to encourage them to trade in GIFT City, a financial special economic zone.

In a move to curb shifting of volumes to overseas markets after the imposition of long-term capital gains (LTCG) tax, both NSE and BSE have decided to stop giving data to bourses in Singapore and Dubai.

In the offshore markets, NSE's Nifty is traded in SGX and BSE Sensex is traded on the Dubai Gold and Commodity Exchange (DGCX). Nifty is the worlds largest traded derivative index in the offshore market and a top volume generator on SGX. It reportedly generates 10% of SGX's volume.

SGX was planning to start its own derivative products based on publicly available settlement prices of Nifty futures contracts. It wanted to migrate all existing client contracts on SGX Nifty Futures to the new SGX India Futures from June. However, after NSE got an injunction from court, SGX had decided to continue offering NSE-licensed Nifty contracts until August 2018, when the agreement between the two bourses comes to an end.

"Nifty is also available at NSE IFSC and offers all benefits required for overseas investors, be it dollar denominated contracts, taxation benefits and compliance are similar to any offshore trading destination available at GIFT City," Limaye said.

NSE is waiting for the outcome of the tussle with SGX before taking steps to lure overseas investors to keep offshore trading basket vibrant. "Let's wait for the outcome of SGX case as they hold a lot of offshore funds," said the bourse's chief executive.

BSE also proposes to seek approval from CFTC of the US to attract American investors to the GIFT City.

PTI contributed to this story.

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