The exchange has already received the approval of market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for launching IRFs.

“We will launch IRF trading on January 20 of this year," BSE MD and CEO Ashishkumar Chauhan told reporters at a function organized by Association of National Exchange Members of India (ANMI) in Delhi.

Besides, NSE will begin live trading in IRF on January 21, while MCX-SX said it will also go live in January 2014 without giving an exact date. Earlier last month, the market regulator had permitted the stock exchanges to introduce cash-settled IRFs on 10-year government bonds, which has been a long pending demand of capital market participants.

An IRF is generally a contract between a buyer and a seller agreeing to the future delivery of any interest-bearing asset such as government bonds. The cash-settled IRFs will provide market participants with better option to hedge risks arising from fluctuations in interest rates, which depend on various factors, including RBI policy, demand for liquidity and flow of overseas funds.

The product would benefit banks, brokerage houses, insurance companies and primary dealers, among others. The market regulator had said IRF are being introduced on a pilot basis and the product features would be reviewed based on the experience gained. To begin with, it had said that serial monthly contracts with maximum maturity of three months would be available.


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