SEBI increases lot sizes to Rs. 5 lakhs

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In a major move that could change the game in derivatives market, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has increased the minimum contract size in equity derivatives segment from Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs.

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Accordingly, the framework for determination of lot size for derivatives contracts is modified as under:

  • The lot size for derivatives contracts in equity derivatives segment shall be fixed in such a manner that the contract value of the derivative on the day of review is within Rs. 5 lakhs and Rs. 10 lakhs.
  •  For stock derivatives, the lot size (in units of underlying) shall be fixed as a multiple of 25, provided the lot size is not less than 50. However, if the contract value of the stock derivatives at the minimum lot size of 50 is greater than Rs. 10 lakhs, then lot size shall be fixed as a multiple of 5, provided the lot size is not less than 10.
  •  For index derivatives, the lot size (in units of underlying) shall be fixed as a multiple of 5, provided the lot size is not less than 10.

The aforesaid provisions shall be made effective from the next trading day after expiry of October 2015 contracts. The stock exchanges shall review the lot size once in every 6 months based on the average of the closing price of the underlying for last one month,

This move will impact derivatives volumes in the short-run, since retail participation will be reduced substantially.

Sensex in 2025 - RIL, ONGC, SBI, BHEL, L&T could exit?

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Index heavyweights stocks like Reliance Industries (RIL), ONGC, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), State Bank of India (SBI) and BHEL are among 15 stocks that could see an exit from S&P BSE Sensex over the next decade -  That's what seems to be the case according a research by Ambit Capital.

The report predicts the pace of churn in the 30-share index's constituents to gather momentum.  According to Ambit's analysis, Sensex's churns over a 10-year window from 1986 to date shows that the churn ratio of the Sensex tends to rise when the economy is undergoing irreversible structural changes.

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Over the next decade, the report predicts the pace of churn in the 30-share index's constituents to gather momentum. The current economic-political environment, Ambit says, will usher in an era of change which will drive Sensex churn higher driven by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's resets to the Indian economy.

Then what could be the stocks replacing them? - The new entrants could include Flipkart, Paytm, Cafe Coffee Day and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance. Well, it seems an interesting analysis. Such changes in indices re-emphasize on investing in Index Funds or Index ETFs like Nifty Bees.

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