Interest rate options in India from Jan 31: RBI

SEBI, interest rate options , debt markets, Reserve Bank,
SEBI, interest rate options , debt markets, Reserve Bank,

Mumbai: In a bid to further develop India’s debt markets, the Reserve Bank on Thursday said trading of interest rate options will be permitted from January 31, 2017.

Eligible market participants are permitted to take positions in ‘Interest Rate Options’ for their own balance sheet management and for market making purposes, the central bank said in a notification.

Participants, who are eligible as market makers are, however, advised to ensure that appropriate infrastructure and risk management systems are in place, it added.

Interest Rate Options will be effective from January 31, 2017, on exchanges authorised by SEBI as well as in the Over-the-Counter (OTC) market.

Interest Rate Options are contracts whose value is based on rupee interest rates or rupee interest rate instruments.

For orderly market development, Fixed Income Money Market and Derivatives Association of India (FIMMDA), in consultation with market participants, will publish a list of objective and transparent rupee money or debt market rates or instruments that may be used as an underlying asset.

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