The Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India (MSEI) plans to woo brokerages to execute large stock trades on its venue. The exchange is also developing short-term debt instruments to help mutual funds and insurance companies hedge their portfolios. Products launches in currency, interest rate futures and corporate bonds are also planned.
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Backed by billionaires Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and Radhakishan Damani, MSEI aims to wade into the block deals segment, which is worth as much as Rs 5 trillion ($78 billion). India’s regulator defines a block as a single trade having at least 500,000 shares or a minimum value of Rs 5 crore. Money managers like dealing in large sizes because it ensures transactions are done before the market can hear about them and react by raising or lowering prices.
We are telling institutional investors to come to our platform—there will be no slippages or price impact, said Kumar, who was named chief executive officer last year to turn around the bourse. The MSEI is in talks with half a dozen large investment banks to bring in such deals, he said.
The MSEI, which has been making losses, expects to return to profitability by March 2020. We can lead in areas where the BSE and NSE have limited play, Kumar said.
A clutch of financial institutions now own more than 34% of MSEI, as do investors including Jhunjhunwala, Damani and Nemish Shah.
The MSEI got 250 companies to list exclusively on its venue—most of whom migrated from the 15 regional bourses the market regulator shut down three years ago—and slashed fees and transaction costs to levels it claims are the lowest in the country.
Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India (MSEI), India’s new stock exchange, is recognised by Securities & Exchange Board of India. It is India’s third functional and recognised stock exchange after BSE and NSE. There is huge demand for shares of MSEI due to strong listing of BSE and upcoming IPO of NSE.