SEBI mulls allowing mutual funds to trade in commodities soon

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With an aim to deepen the nascent commodity market, SEBI is likely to give mutual funds the go-ahead to trade in commodity markets in a month, while the regulator is also in talks with the RBI to allow institutional investors like banks and FPIs to trade in the segment.

* Mutual funds’ participation in commodities derivatives would be the first one to happen among institutional investors.

On allowing participation of banks, alternative investment funds and foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in commodities, SEBI is in active consultation with the Reserve Bank over the issue.

SEBI, which started regulating commodity markets after the merger of Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with the regulator in September 2015, is working towards developing the commodities market by bringing in more products participants like FPIs, insurance and mutual funds.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is the regulator for the securities market in India. It was established in the year 1988 and given statutory powers on 30 January 1992 through the SEBI Act, 1992