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Trading Hours for Equity Derivatives lengthened  

Indian Capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has permitted the extension of trading hours in equity derivatives segment to over eight and a half hours, to bring the timings in proportion to commodity market segment. It further allows an integration of the different trading sectors of the securities market.

Starting October 1 this year, stock exchanges will be permitted to trade in equity derivatives segment from 9:00 am to 11:55 pm.  Presently, the Exchanges are open between 9:15 am and 3:30 pm.

In order to seek the regulator’s approval for extended trading hours, a detailed proposal has to be presented.  That should include a framework for monitoring of positions, risk management, surveillance system, settlement process, system capability and manpower availability etc.

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