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Sensex Futures approved for sale in the US news
21 June 2006

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) of the US has approved the sale of futures contracts based on the 30-share BSE Sensex in the US. The CFTC issued a no-action letter yesterday to allow such transactions in Sensex futures.

'If a futures contract has been the subject of such a no-action letter, the option on that particular contract may also be offered or sold in the United States, without any further regulatory action', the CFTC communication said.

With the CFTC approval, futures and options products based on the Sensex can be launched by US based exchanges. US investors and traders interested in the Indian markets can trade directly in such contracts without going through an investment fund. Futures contracts based on the S&P CNX Nifty index were approved by the CFTC earlier.

Trading in futures and options based on emerging market indices are not yet popular in the US. However, futures contracts on leading stock market indices in Europe and Japan are very popular and attract significant volume. Large exchanges like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) have futures products based on overseas stocks indices like the Japanese Nikkei.

The 30-share BSE Sensitive Index or Sensex is the most widely tracked Indian stock market index. Though the 50-share Nifty index of National Stock Exchange (NSE) has gained more prominence among fund management professionals as it is more representative, the Sensex retains its prominence in the media because of its long history.


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Sensex Futures approved for sale in the US