Cut and polished diamonds are seen through a loupe in an arranged photograph (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Indian Commodity Exchange Gets SEBI Nod For Diamond Futures Trade

Paving the way for diamond futures trade, markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has given in-principle approval to Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) for commencement of trading in this contract. The approval follows diamond being notified as a commodity for derivatives trading by the government earlier last year.

ICEX said in a statement it will launch three diamond contracts of 30 cents, 50 cents and 1 carat. It will also initiate agreements with clearing banks, vaulting companies and grading agencies for launch of diamond contracts.

ICEX, where trading was earlier suspended, plans to resume operations in March subject to regulatory approvals.

The exchange said diamond futures trading will enhance global competitiveness of Indian exporters who will be able to create inventory and hedge against price volatility which in turn will improve price competitiveness.

Reliance Capital, a part of Anil Ambani led Reliance Group, is the largest investor in the exchange.