After NSE, BSE To Introduce Cross-Margining Facility From Jan. 15
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After NSE, BSE To Introduce Cross-Margining Facility From Jan. 15

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Bombay Stock Exchange will introduce a cross-margining facility to offset positions in correlated equity indices from Wednesday, a move that will increase liquidity and trading volumes in the stock market.

The National Stock Exchange launched this facility on Friday, Jan. 10.

Cross-margining allows traders to transfer excess margin from one account to another account to satisfy margin maintenance requirements to offset positions. It allows the market participants to reduce the total margin payment required if they are taking two mutually offsetting positions.

Clearing corporations give this margin benefit on positions, which show a high degree of dependence or correlation. The facility will be made effective from Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, BSE said in a circular.

The move comes after capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India in November last year extended cross-margining facility for offsetting positions in highly correlated equity indices. SEBI, in December 2008, allowed cross-margining across cash and exchange-traded equity derivatives segments.

Under the norms, the cross-margin benefit will be provided on offsetting positions in futures on equity indices pairs if at least 80 percent of constituents of one of the indices is present in the other index and constituents of a smaller index based on free-float market capitalisation need to have at least 80 percent weightage in the larger index.

For a cross-margining benefit to continue, clearing corporations will have to check the eligibility criteria on a monthly basis on the 15th of every month and on the day of change in the constituents of the equity indices.

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