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Interest Rate Futures Section – Final Part :)

Interest Rate Futures Section Final Part

Interest Rate Futures Section Final Part

Hello Friends, we are here with the Final Part of our Interest Rate Futures educational section.
We would touch upon the benefits of the Interest Rate Futures and the future scenario related to it.

Here we go :

Key benefits of Interest Rate Futures:

Directional trading

As there is an inverse relationship between interest rate movement and underlying bond prices, so if one has strong view that the interest rates will rise in near future then he can take short position in IRF contracts and can be benefited from the falling futures bond prices.

Hedging portfolio

The holders of the GOI securities are exposed to risk of rising interest rates which in turn results in the reduction in the value of the portfolio.

So in order to protect against a fall in the value of the portfolio they can take short position in IRF.

Calendar spread trading

This spread is also known as an inter-delivery spread.

It is the simultaneous purchase of one delivery month of a given futures contract and the sale of another delivery month of the same underlying on the same exchange.

For example:

Buying a September 09 and simultaneously selling a December 09 contract.
A market participant can profit as the price difference between the two contracts widens.

The either case can also be possible.

Reduce the duration of portfolio:

Bonds with longer maturities are more sensitive to interest rate changes, and bond portfolio with longer duration will be more exposed to the vulnerability of the movement in interest rate.

So portfolio manager who is concerned about the rise in the short term interest rate risk would like to reduce the duration of the portfolio.

By entering into the IRF contract to NSE, the portfolio manager can reduce duration of the portfolio.

Arbitraging between cash and futures market:

Arbitrage is the price difference between the bond prices in underlying bond market and IRF contract without any view about the interest rate movement.

One can earn the risk-less profit from realizing arbitrage opportunity and entering into the IRF contract traded on NSE by initiating cash and carry trade.

Responses After launch:

After the launch of currency futures in August 2008, Interest-rate futures are the first major product to be introduced in India.

The interest rate futures began on August 31,2009 clocking trading volumes of Rs 276 crore in their first day of trade.

Market participants responded passionately to the product launch on the first day.

In around five hours of trading time available after inauguration, 1,475 trades were recorded resulting in 14,559 contracts being traded at a total value of Rs 267.31 crore.

In the beginning only two quarters has been introduced out of four, among which December 2009 was the most active with 13,789 contracts which has been traded actively.

There are nearly 638 members registered for this new product, out of which 21 are banks and there contribution to the total gross volume was 32.48 percent.

Future scenario:

BSE had received regulatory approval for interest rates futures and would launch in 8-10 weeks.

The Multi Commodity Exchange’s foreign exchange derivatives bourse has sought permission to launch trade in interest rate futures.


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Are Retail Investors Staging a Comeback in Country’s Primary Market ?

Are Retail Investors Staging a Comeback in Country's Primary Market ?

Are Retail Investors Staging a Comeback in Country's Primary Market ?

In what could be viewed as a sign of revival of retail interest in the country’s primary market, the initial public offering of Indiabulls Power has received over 31,000 applications from retail investors on the first day of its issue.


Although the retail portion of the offering remained under subscribed, the interest was more than what was seen in three major IPOs of the fiscal — NHPC, Oil India and Adani Power.

According to an analysis, NHPC‘s over Rs 6,000 crore issue received 30,474 retail applications on the first day.

Adani Power‘s Rs 3,610 crore issue got only 15,000 such applications.

The Rs 4,982 crore issue of OIL received 7,700 applications.


“Retail investors are gradually staging a comeback and it is a pleasant surprise for the primary market,” SMC Capital Equity Head Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

The Rs 1,700-crore initial public offer of Indiabulls Power, which hit the market yesterday, got subscribed nearly six times, as flooded the counter with maximum number of bids.

However, bids from retail investors on the first day of subscription accounted for only 37 per cent of the shares reserved for them.


Gold Breaks 16K Mark, Silver Hit New Highs :)

Gold Breaks 16K Mark, Silver Hit New Highs

Gold Breaks 16K Mark, Silver Hit New Highs

Due to constant festive demand in the midst of rise in the overseas markets, benchmark Gold prices increased by Rs 105 per 10 grams to break the Rs 16,000-mark in the bullion market while silver continued to hit new highs.


However, due to higher international advices, silver went to a record peak on constant industrial demand while on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold for October delivery rose to $1,064.20 an ounce.

Moreover, the contract had previously touched a high of $1,068.40 an ounce and December silver futures closed at $17.84 an ounce from $17.82.

Additionally, in Tokyo, gold was below the all time high levels as dollar decreased to fresh 14-month lows against its major rivals.

On the other hand, in the local market, benchmark gold increased by Rs 105 per 10 grams to restart at Rs 16,035 from Monday’s closing level of Rs 15,930.

Similarly, pure gold also rose by a similar margin to Rs 16,110 from Rs 16,005 while silver ready hardened by Rs 95 per kg to Rs 28,150 from Rs 28,055 previously.