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Adding another trading floor in the whole list of numerous exchanges around the world, Global Board of Trade (GBOT) ”the first international multi-asset exchange”  based out of Mauritius, was officially launched by that country’s Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam.



GBOT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Financial Technologies (INDIA) Limited, a leading provider of trading technology solutions and a global leader in creating and operating transparent, efficient, and liquid tech-centric exchanges transacting a broad spectrum of asset classes, including equities, commodities, fixed income, and foreign currency instruments. GBOT is also a member of leading industry associations such as Association of Futures Markets (AFM), Futures and Options Association (FOA), Swiss Futures and Options Association (SFOA), and Defra EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).



In the Hands of………..



GBOT has a very strong board comprising reputed names such as Mr. Venkat Chary (Chairman), Mr. Jignesh Shah (Vice- Chairman), Mr. Mohammad A. Vayid (Director), Mr. V. Hariharan (Director) , Mr. Joseph Hadrian Bosco (Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer).



Trade Timings



It is proposed that the normal market trading hours on Global Board of Trade for Currency and Commodity Derivatives Segments will be 09:30 Hrs Mauritian Time (05:30 Hrs GMT) till 23:30 Hrs Mauritian time ( 19:30 Hrs GMT). Any decision about revision of the trading hours, as and when it happens, will be informed to the market participants via trading circulars.



Value Propositions



  • The strategic location of Mauritius (i.e. GMT +4) with respect to the rest of the world will enable the investing community to hedge price risk movements vis-à-vis the asian, Europenn and American markets.



  • Trades will be in the form of standardized contracts and participants will be anonymous , thus ensuring the price discovery  process will be free from the influence of any vested interest or non-market forces.



  • The commodity market segment of GBOT will enable sellers and buyers of commodities to protect their business from the adverse effects of price volatility in the terrestrial markets. The price risk management will be through the time-tested process of ‘hedging’.


  • The advantage of a moderate tax regime prevailing in Mauritius will be of immense benefit to investors and traders alike.



  • GBOT would offer commodity as well as currency derivative products on its state-of-the-art electronic exchange platform with efficient clearing and settlement systems to ensure counter-party guarantee for all trades.



  • For the first time worldwide, two African currency futures will be traded.




Bullions: Gold, Silver




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Seasonal Index……“Time is Money” Part 1

Hello Friends here we come up with our another write up on “SMC Gyan Series”


Seasonal Index……. “Time is Money”

In this Blog, we are going to read more about the old saying  “Time is Money” which is represented quite aptly by SEASONAL INDEX.


Seasonal Index……. “Time is Money”

The old T saying “Time is Money” is rightly represented by Seasonal Index.

To maximize profit, investors should have good knowledge of markets where demand & supply of commodities have their own seasonality & the future prices of agri contracts with volatile market psychology, triggering stop-loss orders, hitting targets & speculator closing out of positions.


What is a Seasonal Pattern?

Seasonal Indices are the virtual mirror image & identifiable seasonal movement on commodity data between two dates of the recent past, influenced by general price trend, sentiment, exchange rates etc.

It provides a better way of understanding the repetitive and predictable movement, but one should not be swayed by preconceived ideas about them, as they do not determine the actual signals, but the time of execution instead.


Reasons for studying seasonal variation :

The reasons for studying seasonal variation are:

· To learn how seasonal forces can affect the commodity market.

· Better understanding of the price movement within a time series.

· To learn how seasonal’s can be used to identify the trade timing of a market.

· Prediction of the future trends & magnitude of price changes.



Stay Tuned for more on this.

In next blog, we would touch upon the points related to

the analysis of the seasonal pattern of the commodity prices,

how an annual average method can be used to generate a seasonal pattern in predicting the future prices of the commodity,

and seasonal pattern in the year 2009.


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CORN- The Un-discovered Legend Part 2 :)

Hello Friends here we come up with an extension of our previous blog, CORN………. “The Un-discovered Legend” Part 1


CORN- The Un-discovered Legend Part 2

In previous Blog we had touched upon few points related to importance of Maize crop in Indian commodity market and its relevance in the context of Indian Scenario 🙂

In this blog, we would get to know of Potential sources of demand for Maize crops and industrial demand of maize crop.   Also read about the PVO (Price-volume-open Interest) Analysis of the Crop.


Potential sources of demand:

The apparent increase in consumption demand has been sourced from the preference for corn based food products for human consumption as well as increased use in feed industries.

Human consumption – corn flakes, corn oil, corn flour, etc.,

Feed industry – poultry & animal feed

Ethanol – maize has already proved to be a potential source of ethanol.


Corn consumption has seen a rapid growth during last few years.

Indeed, consumption patterns have changed at an accelerating pace especially during the winter season; from the time when it has
been introduced in numerous shopping malls around the world in the form of popcorns, baby corns etc.


Industrial demand:

This commodity has placed itself in an advantageous position & made its presence felt in the industry.

Maize is a key ingredient in animal feed mix, & being the animal feed sector growing at a healthy pace with increasing demand for
meat and milk and milk products, coupled with stagnation in cattle population, there is a rising need to feed the existing population
of cattle with quality feeding.

Therefore, this has opened a window of opportunity for strengthening of global corn prices, which in turn is triggering enormous
demand for Indian maize in the Asian regions.

With the growing demand & expansion of starch sector, the overall demand for maize is likely to grow at a brisk pace.


Change in % from 2008-09 to 2009-10 (India) Source: USDA

Area Harvested: 11.44%

Beginning Stocks: 51.72%

Production: 0.10%

Total Supply: 1.60%

Total Consumption: -1.1%

Ending stocks: 12.55%

Total Distribution: 1.60%

These positive figures indicate that India has sufficient & comfortable stocks of maize.

In 2009-10 the area harvested (India) is expected to increase by 11.44%, while the consumption is expected to remain almost flat or marginally down in next year.

The ending stocks are also quite high which can pressurize the prices in long term.

In a monthly update on 10th November 2009, USDA cut the corn forecast by 1 percent to 12.921 billion bushels (328 million tonnes).


PVO (Price-volume-open Interest) Analysis:

Maize futures have proved the old saying “Slow & steady wins the race”.

The prices, volume & open interest in maize futures both in NCDEX & CBOT which had taken a backseat during the beginning of the
year 2009, have been rising again without much volatility in their behaviour.

The prices have been rising from the levels of Rs.795 to Rs.965 during January to November’09, which resulted into bull-run and resultantly futures made a high of 1015 levels on 3rd November ’09, giving a return of 21% till now.

Since the month of March ’09 prices have been seen rising witnessing some corrections during their journey; however factors like
higher international prices & continuous demand from starch & poultry industries have supported the prices.


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CORN………. “The Un-discovered Legend” Part 1

Hello Friends here we come up with another write up on “Commodity Corner Series”.

Here we would touch upon the importance of Maize crop in Indian commodity market and its relevance in the context of Indian Scenario 🙂


CORN………. “The Un-discovered Legend”

Maize, also known as corn, is a cereal which is an important crop after rice and wheat.

The domestication of maize has been dated back as far back as 12,000 years ago. Today, maize is widely cultivated throughout the world, in a greater size with top producing countries like United States, China, Brazil, France, Indonesia, India and South Africa.


Indian Scenario:

Andhra Pradesh is now the largest producer contributing around 21% of annual maize production.

India ‘s area harvested of maize and yield have risen by mainly on account of rising production of single cross hybrids seeds, its demand and increasing acceptability among farmers.

In India, its cultivation extends from the hot arid plains of Rajasthan and Gujarat to the wet hills of Assam and Bengal.

There are three distinct seasons for the cultivation of maize:

the main season is kharif;

next is Rabi in Peninsular India and Bihar and

in spring in northern India.


Normally, higher yields have been recorded in the rabi and spring crops.

Over 85 per cent of the maize acreage is sown under rain-fed conditions during the monsoon when over 80 per cent of the annual rainfall is received.

However, this year due to the erratic monsoon production has been affected, as a result of which maize prices have been in uptrend since the withdrawal of monsoon from the country.

During 2008-9, Indian exported 3 million tonnes of maize and 12,000 tonnes of maize seed worth of Rs 2,400 crore and Rs 2,000 crore respectively.


Stay Tuned for more on this.

In next blog we would touch upon the issues like Potential source of demand for Maize crop, Industrial Demand and PVO (Price-volume-open Interest) of MAize crops.


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Centre May Raise Coffee Package to Rs 802 Crores

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Agri Commodities updates from various parts of the globe.


Centre may raise coffee package to Rs 802 cr

Centre may raise coffee package to Rs 802 cr

Centre may raise coffee package to Rs 802 cr:

The Centre is likely to increase the debt relief package for coffee growers to Rs 802 crore, 58 per cent more than the recommendations of Coffee Board, Union minister of law and justice, M Veerappa Moily said.

There are discussions at different stages to work out the package.

The figures of the total loan owed by the coffee industry to banks are Rs 1,700 crore.

The coffee board recommended a scheme for Rs 504 crore.

The coffee growers are in need of an urgent relief package, so as to give them a one-time life line to come out of the crisis.

The coffee industry is continuously facing low productivity due to drought of 2003 and 2004, which have had a domino effect on productivity.

In Other major Commodities Updates we can see how Corn, Soybeans advanced on the Speculation of excess rains which can delay the harvesting of crops”.

Corn, Soybeans Rally on Speculation Rains to Delay U.S. Harvest:

Corn and soyabeans advanced on the concern that higher-than-normal rainfall in parts of the U.S. may raise the risk of yield losses in the world’s biggest exporter of both crops.

Above average rainfall was forecast in producing states, including Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Indiana between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25, according to a U.S. Climate Prediction Center report dated Nov. 15.

The four states are among the biggest corn and soybean growing areas in the U.S. Corn for March delivery added as much as 0.9 percent to $4.0925 a bushel in after-hours electronic trading on the Chicago Board of Trade, and was at $4.09 as of 9:58 a.m. Singapore time.

Soybeans for January delivery climbed as much as 1.4 percent to $10.0125 a bushel in Chicago and last traded at $9.9475.


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India May Import 3 Million Tonnes Sugar In 2010/11

Hello Friends here we come up with the Latest Major Agri-Commodities updates from various parts of the globe.

India May Import 3 Million Tonnes Sugar In 2010/11

India May Import 3 Million Tonnes Sugar In 2010/11

India, the world’s biggest consumer of sugar, may import 2.5-3 million tonnes of the sweetener in 2010/11 as domestic output is seen falling short of demand for a third straight year.

Raw sugar futures had rocketed to 28-½ year top on huge imports from the South Asian country, while whites hit a record earlier this year.

In 2009/10 season lower area and drought will keep India’s output at 15.3 million tonnes, a little more than last year’s output of 15 million tonnes, falling severely short of domestic consumption for a second straight year.

There is a margin of 200 rupees per quintal (100 kg) in imports.

So, provided the domestic prices remain firm, millers in Maharashtra would be interested in buying more raw sugar.


In Other major Commodities Updates we can see that World coffee output may fall in 2009-10

World coffee output may fall in 2009-10: Trade body

Global coffee production during the 2009-10 crop year may dip below last year’s level of 128.1 million bags due to bad weather in top three growing countries — Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia, according to the International Coffee Organisation (ICO).

If production falls are confirmed, the global coffee exports are also expected to decline this year.

Production in Brazil, the world’s biggest coffee producer, is estimated to be 39 million tonnes in the 2009-10 season, against 45.99 million bags in a year ago.

ICO said, however, production is expected to rise in Asia, Africa and Central America.

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Domestic wheat prices have escalated by around 10 per cent

Domestic wheat prices have escalated by around 10 per cent

Domestic wheat prices have escalated by around 10 per cent amid concerns of adverse monsoon and flood in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, which has raised concern over kharif food grain production particularly rice and maize.

Although there is still some upside left as far as wheat prices are concerned.

The prices will face strong resistance at higher level as supply situation in India and in rest of the world is in healthy shape.

Ample availability of stock at domestic level

At domestic level, wheat inventories have increased after two back to back record crops in the country.

Due to better carry over stock and record purchase government stocks reached to second highest level in the history at 32.29 million tonnes almost double than buffer stock requirement of 17 million tonne.


According to the Agriculture ministry’s fourth advance estimates, India produced a record crop of 80.58 million tonnes in 2008-09, while production was at 78.57 million tonnes in 2007- 08.

With bumper production and steep hike in minimum support price, government made record purchase of 25.3 million tonnes this year, 13 percent more as compared to last year.


Prospects of next year crop

Despite having comfortable supply currently, weak monsoon, flood in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and consequent Shortfall in kharif paddy output prospects has started fueling prices in the market.

A smaller paddy and maize crop will lift demand for their substitutes, primarily wheat.

As per crop weather watch report, acreage of kharif paddy this year remained at 324.28 million hectare till October 09, 2009 which is 16.2 percent or 6.26 million hectare lower than same period last year.

However kharif maize acreage remained higher this year but recent flood in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka has aggravated the concerns of lower output.

As per Agriculture department report, kharif maize acreage was at 71.08 lakh hectares, 0.8 percent or 0.5 lakh hectares higher than last year.

Besides, flood in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and weak monsoon also raised concern over prospect of next wheat Crop.

Due to weak monsoon in northern part of India mainly in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, soil moisture condition is not sufficiently good for next wheat sowing.


Water storage in this region has also declined. As per Central Water Commission’s latest data in 81 important water reservoirs monitored by CWC in different parts of the country, total live storage has increased from 90.48 BCM on 01.102009 to 91.75 BCM on 08.10.2009.

But still is far from a satisfactory level.

Stay Tuned for More on this topic.

We would see demand and supply scenario in coming months, price trend and on Export Ban.

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Sweetness Of Sugar – Part 2 :)

Hello Friends, just an extension of our previous blog on Commodity Corner Series where we touched upon the aspects like seasonality,cyclic nature and analysis of price trend of Sugar.

Sweetness Of Sugar Part 2

Sweetness Of Sugar Part 2

Now we would read into the implication of falling production of sugar on stock market,market sentiment and the country’s import status.

Sugar Scrips Sweetens…

Falling production has sweetened sugar scrips.

Sugar stocks prices seems to remain strong for next three years.

The key drivers for such a strong up-cycle are:

1) Nominal production in current season as compared to consumption,

2) Lack of scope for further reduction in dealer stock level,

3) Increased cost of production as well as of import,

4) More sugar cane in India is being used to make jaggery that sells for almost double the price of white sugar.

In Diwali, sugar prices touched Rs. 35/ kg level.

This in turn helped all sugar companies to show growth as compared to current year’s net profit.

The most promising long positions and best return may be in sugar stocks like Shree Renuka Sugars and Balrampur Chini. Overall sugar stocks are bullish.

So take the best & calculated decision.

Imports Soaring……

For the 2009-10 crushing season (CS), the domestic and international price trends will depend on the production in Brazil, where producers should start favouring sugar over ethanol, as ethanol demand declines with falling crude prices.

With domestic consumption at 23 million tonnes for the next two years, & sugar consumption surpassing production, the country may import 3-4 million tonnes till September 2010.

The landed cost of imported sugar should be around Rs 19,000 a tonne. In the short term, the weaker USD will also support sugar.

The market seems to be in a set-up to move higher over the short run as India will continue to buy buying and the potential for imports will continue into 2009/2010 season.

……..Markets Bullish

Market sentiment has turned bullish, with the demand outlook boosted after the Indian government removed import duties.

A recovery in the world economy coupled with an increasing uptrend in these years leaves ahead sugar as a longer-term “buy and hold” commodity.

The factors that can determine the price direction for sugar futures in 2009 are:

1) If Dollar continues to rise in 2009, the upside potential for sugar could be limited,

2) Demand is a key factor for price direction,

3) A shift in acreage away from cane to crops like wheat, paddy and oilseeds as UP creating panic among farming community for Increase in cane payment arrears and delay in verdict on state advised price (SAP),

4) Mills are on the verge of early closure this season on limited availability of cane,

5) Government has come out with a policy to allow raw sugar imports to India,

6) Depreciating rupee and rising global prices, making sugar imports dearer & harden domestic sugar prices,

7) Greater diversion of cane towards the unorganized sector.

Concluding I would like to say that both the technical and fundamental outlook for the Sugar market appear to be bullish, but one is advised to trade with caution and stop losses.


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IDFC, KRIBHCO Buy 5% Stake Each in ICE :)


IDFC and Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO)have purchased a stake of  5% each in Indian Commodity Exchange, which jointly promoted by Indiabulls Financial Services and MMTC.


According to sources, the bourse will apply to Forwards Markets Commission, the regulator, after the completion of the formalities of the shareholding agreement.


With the latest divestment, the current holding of Indiabulls stood at 40% while MMTC has 26%. The other shareholders include HDFC Bank, Yes Bank and Indian Potash.


FMC guidelines stipulate a maximum shareholding of 40% in a commodity exchange by an anchor investor.
This has to be reduced to 26% within a period of two years starting with the fourth year from the date of exchange’s recognition.


Earlier, FMC (Forward Markets Commission) rejected United Stock Exchange’s proposal to pick up 10% stake in Indian Commodity Exchange since it was yet to receive full recognition from capital markets regulator SEBI.


The bourse is the latest entrant into the commodity futures space and will vie with the predominantly metals and energy bourse MCX and agri bourses NCDEX and NMCE.


In August, FMC had directed the exchange, which had received recognition from the Ministry of Commerce over a year ago, to offer 10 per cent equity of USE to other competent partners and re-submit the application by September-end.