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RBI allows non-residents to participate in rupee interest rate derivatives market

The non-residents can undertake rupee interest rate derivative transactions on recognised stock exchanges, electronic trading platforms and over the counter markets (OTCs).

RBI allows non-residents to participate in rupee interest rate derivatives market

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank Wednesday allowed non-residents to participate in the rupee interest rate derivatives segment with a view to deepen the rupee interest rate swap (IRS) market.

The non-residents can undertake rupee interest rate derivative transactions on recognised stock exchanges, electronic trading platforms and over the counter markets (OTCs).

"These directions shall come into force with immediate effect," RBI said in a notification.

A non-resident will be allowed to undertake transactions in the rupee interest rate derivatives markets to hedge an exposure to rupee interest rate risk and other specified purposes, the central bank said.

It further said foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), collectively, can transact in interest rate futures (IRF) up to a limit of net long position of Rs 5,000 crore.

RBI in its first bi-monthly policy for 2018-19 in April had announced to provide access to non-residents into the IRS with a view to increase participation in the domestic market.

There is an active market for rupee interest rate swap offshore, and the exercise is aimed at increasing participation of non-residents in the domestic market, it had said in April.

It had also observed that while the rupee interest rate swap market was most liquid among the interest rate derivatives market, it lacked depth to enable large banks to manage risks.

Also, Indian market has witnessed increasing participation from non-resident players like FPIs in debt, the regulator had said.

An interest rate swap is a financial contract between two parties exchanging or swapping a stream of interest payments for a notional principal amount on regular occasions during a specified period.