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IMCX-India’s Fourth National Commodity Bourse, To Be Launched Soon:)

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International Multi Commodity Exchange (IMCX)

Commodity trading in India has a long history & was started much before it started in many other countries.

Today, apart from numerous regional exchanges, India has three national commodity exchanges namely, Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) and National Multi-Commodity Exchange (NMCE).

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THE RISING WAVES

These commodity exchanges have been performing extremely well in these years.

The turnover of commodity exchanges in India surged by 31% in the April-August period, led by a surge in trading of farm goods.

Total value of trading at the Commodity Exchanges during the fortnight from 16th August 2009 to 31st August 2009 was Rs. 3,04,651.88 crore.

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NEED OF THE HOUR

In India, futures’ trading in commodities is zooming.

India’s commodity exchanges have witnessed major action this year and are getting into investing and managing new commodity bourses.

Another commodity exchange may help using the opportunities better ; thereby improving trading volumes of specific contracts & be more efficient is the price discovery, which in turn will attract a wider constituency of participants from the entire commodity value chain i.e. government, producers, marketers, importers, exporters etc.

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THE FIRST STEP

A new commodity exchange, International Multi Commodity Exchange is going to launch very soon under the market regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC).

IMCX is promoted by Indiabulls Financial Services Ltd (IBFSL) and India’s biggest state-run trading firm, MMTC Ltd, and part-owned by more institutions.

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The exchange is planning to start operations next month as the country’s fourth national commodity bourse & is ready to grab its share of a futures market that is growing 30% a year.

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BUILDING TECH – PLATFORM

The US-based exchange services provider Millennium Information Technology (MIT) has been awarded the contract for implementing the technology platform for the aforesaid exchange.

The US-headquartered MIT provides application solutions to financial and telecom industries.

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THE PILLARS OF FOUNDATION

IMCX will be the first commodity bourse in India to comply with the criteria of revised ownership criteria that makes the participation compulsory of public sector units or cooperatives.

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Currently, Indiabulls Financial Services Ltd. (IBFSL) holds 40% of the exchange, state-run MMTC Ltd. holds 26%.

Forward Markets Commission rejected the United Stock Exchange of India’s (USE’s) 10% stake buy in the bourse, on the grounds that the stock exchange is yet to be fully recognized.

So far, Indiabulls has diluted 24 per cent to HDFC Bank, Yes Bank and Indian Potash Ltd & IDFC + Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO) have purchased a stake of 5% each in Indian Commodity Exchange, which was to be sold to the USE earlier.

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BUSINESS OPERATIONS

The exchange will start operations by launching 10-12 contracts in bullion, metals, energy and agricultural commodities with some uniqueness in contracts to attract more volume.

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·The exchange will launch gold mini and gold 1 kilogram contracts in the bullion segment. The gold contracts will have multiple delivery centers in five-six cities.

· In base metals, it is planning to offer copper, zinc and lead or nickel futures, and in the energy segment it will launch crude oil and natural gas contracts. Delivery-based contracts will be launched in the base metal segment, where contracts are mostly non-deliverable at other exchanges.

·The exchange has also tied up with several logistic providers for warehouse facilities, & in the next phase of expansion, the exchange may create its own warehouses

·Guar seed, rapeseed, refined soyoil, soybean and turmeric will be among the agricultural contracts.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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