MCX launches futures trade contracts in 10 items

MCX has launched futures trading contracts in 10 commodities that would expiry in May and June

Leading commodity bourse MCX has launched futures trading contracts in 10 commodities that would expiry in May and June.

The exchange has made available futures trading contracts in gold guinea, aluminium, lead, tin, zinc, nickel, menthol, melted menthol flakes and kapasia khalli with effect from today, MCX said in a circular.

The contracts of the above mentioned nine commodities will mature in May and June, while the almond contract will expire in September, it added. The contract specification of these commodities would remain unchanged, the circular said.

Presently, MCX has the largest market share of 83% in the commodity futures market. The exchange made a business of Rs86.97 trillion in 2010 and expects to touch Rs100 trillion in the current calendar year.

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LIC Mutual Fund, Nomura launch LIC Nomura Mutual Fund

LIC Mutual Fund Trustee Company and LIC Mutual Fund Asset Management Company have entered a joint venture with Nomura Asset Management Company Ltd

LIC Mutual Fund and Nomura have launched LIC Nomura Mutual Fund. LIC Mutual Fund Trustee Company Pvt Ltd and LIC Mutual Fund Asset Management Company Ltd (LIC MF) have entered a joint venture with Nomura Asset Management Company Ltd.

This is pursuant to Nomura having acquired 35% of the fully paid-up equity share capital of both LIC MF and the Trustee Company. LIC Mutual Fund Trustee has now been renamed LIC Nomura Mutual Fund Trustee, while LIC Mutual Fund Asset Management Company will now be known as LIC Nomura Mutual Fund Asset Management Company.

"This partnership will help the investors in our mutual fund as they will get the benefit of the expertise and global experience of Nomura along with the well established trustworthiness of the LIC name," said TS Vijayan, chairman, LIC Nomura Mutual Fund Asset Management Company.

Nomura will also provide and gain for LIC Nomura MF AMC its expertise on matters such as structuring the nature and standards of operations for risk management, equity/debt/investment research, information technology operations, compliance and distribution of LIC Nomura MF products.

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SBI Mutual Fund floats Debt Fund Series–370 Days–13

SBI Mutual Fund new issue closes on 5th April

SBI Mutual Fund has launched SBI Debt Fund Series-370 Days-13, a close ended debt scheme. The tenor of the scheme is 370 days. The new issue opens and closes subscription on 5 April 2011.

The investment objective of the scheme is to provide regular income, liquidity and returns to the investors through investments in a portfolio comprising debt instruments such as government securities, PSU & corporate bonds and money market instruments maturing on or before the maturity of the scheme. Entry load and exit load charge will be nil for the scheme.

The minimum investment amount is Rs5,000. The fund seeks to collect a minimum subscription amount of Rs1 crore during the NFO period. CRISIL Short Term Bond Fund Index is the benchmark index.

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