BSE launches currency futures trading

BSE launches currency futures trading


Mumbai: Asia’s oldest bourse, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) today launched currency derivatives segment (BSE-CDX) that would enable participants to hedge their currency risks through trading in the US dollar-rupee future platform.

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) had kicked off exchange-traded currency futures for the first time in the country on 29August, while leading commodity bourse Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) is expected to launch the facility soon.

MCX had secured the in-principle nod for starting currency futures trading in August this year. Earlier, participants had to depend on over-the-counter (OTC) products such as forwards, swaps and options to hedge their currency risks.

Security and Exchange Borad of India (Sebi) chairman, C B Bhave inagurated the BSE-CDX platform at BSE. The market regulator and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are in discussions to bring about further relaxation in the currency trading norms, Bhave said.

The regulators have been trying to ensure transparency and timely settlement of transactions in the system, which are essential to develop a healthy financial system in the country, Bhave said.