FM launches gold options trading on MCX

 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched gold options trading on the leading commodity bourse MCX and said this is one of the steps towards formalising trade in the yellow metal. Options are derivatives which give a buyer the right but not the obligation to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument at a specific price on or before a certain date.

This is the first product for options trading that the regulator Sebi has allowed after 14 years of commencement of commodity exchanges in the country. The gold options contract launched allows trading in 1kg gold.

Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, Economic Advisor to PM Bibek Debroy, MCX Chairman Saurabh Chandra and MCX Managing Director and CEO Mrugank Paranjape were present at the event. MCX is the leading commodity bourse in the country with a market share of over 90 per cent. It has a large presence in gold, base metals, and energy.