SEBI Issues Framework for Commodity Options


Sebi on June13, 2017 allowed options trading in commodities to deepen the market but will permit each exchange to launch options on futures of only one commodity initially and asked bourses to follow robust risk management measures.

Putting in place strict eligibility criteria, Sebi said options could be launched on futures contract of only those commodities that are among the top five in terms of total trading turnover value of previous 12 months. Besides, the average daily turnover of underlying futures contracts of such a commodity in past one year should be at least Rs200 crore for agricultural and agri-processed commodities, and Rs1,000 crore for other commodities.

The Commodity derivatives exchanges willing to start trading in options contracts shall take prior approval of Sebi for launching such contracts. Exchanges have been demanding for long that options trading in commodities be allowed. While Sebi had agreed to permit options trading last year itself, some legal requirements were holding back the move.

After hectic discussions, Sebi finally decided to allow options trading on futures contract of commodities rather than any commodity directly being allowed as an underlying security.

Sebi has also stipulated necessary guidelines with regard to the product design and risk management framework to be adopted for trading in options on commodity futures.

Role of Bourse

Given the eligibility criteria, Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) — the largest in terms of market share — will be able to choose from commodities like crude, gold, silver, zinc and copper to launch options contracts.

Meanwhile, the top traded commodities on NCDEX include soybean, soya oil along with its derivatives.


The launch of options will boost overall market participation and also complement the existing futures and make the commodities market more robust and efficient,” said a statement issued by NCDEX.

The combination of futures & options can give market participants the benefit of price discovery of futures and simpler risk management of options, it added.

Options Contract

In market parlance, options contract is a derivative product that provides an investor the right to purchase, without any obligation to buy at the specified price or date.

Futures Contract

The futures contract refers to purchase or sale of a particular commodity or any other financial instrument at a predetermined price at a specified time in the future.

Tuesday, 13th Jun 2017, 03:31:11 PM

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