MCX-SX, which received permission from the regulator to launch its equity trading platform after waiting for over two years, has launched its benchmark index ‘SX-40’ that would compete with incumbent Sensex of the BSE and Nifty of the NSE
Financial Technologies-promoted MCX Stock Exchange (MCX-SX) has launched its benchmark index ‘SX-40’. The index would be based on the free-float formula, which is also the formula used by BSE and NSE for its indices. Interestingly, while BSE’s Sensex has 30 stocks and NSE’s Nifty has 50 stocks, MCX-SX has chosen to be in the middle of two, with 40 stocks.
‘SX-40’ would be a free float based index of large market cap and liquid stocks representing most important sectors, the exchange said in a release. MCX-SX said it would collaborate with Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)—India’s premier research institute, FTSE of London and FTKMC in creating various domestic and global indices.
However, there is nothing middle-of-the-road about MCX-SX’s transaction charges. A few days ago, the exchange announced drastically lower transaction charges (50% of that charged by rivals) for its equity exchange platform slated to start around Diwali (Price war among stock exchanges to break out soon?). Justifying the lower fee structure, Jignesh Shah, chairman and chief executive of Financial Technologies said, “...the optimisation in transaction charges, along with optimal membership structure will lower the entry barriers to capital markets, thereby fostering inclusive growth.”
MCX-SX will charge Rs2 per Rs1 lakh trading in the equity cash segment if the total traded value in a month is under Rs1,000 crore while it will be Rs1.75 per Rs1 lakh if the monthly volume is over Rs1,000 crore and under Rs5,000 crore, Mr Shah said.
If the volume is over Rs5,000 crore, then the transaction fee will be Rs1.50 per Rs1 lakh, he added.
On the equity futures segment, it the total traded value in a month is under Rs2,000 crore, the charge will be Rs1.20 per Rs1 lakh, and if it is over Rs2,000 crore and under Rs10,000 crore, it will be Rs1.10 per Rs1 lakh. But if the volume exceeds Rs10,000 crore a moth, the chargeable fee will be a low Rs1 per Rs1 lakh, the exchange said.
On the equity options front, the fee will be a flat Rs25 per Rs1 lakh of the premium for any the traded volume in a month.
The exchange also introduced a cost optimal membership fee and deposit structure of Rs25 lakh as net outlay valid till 18th October, capping the total outlay for an MCX-SX membership to Rs50 lakh.
The rate of interest has been reduced on housing loan from 11% to 10.50% up to Rs30 lakh, and above Rs30 lakh from 11.25% to 10.75%
The global monetary easing has created a strong uptrend. However, if the Nifty closes below 5,410, the uptrend will be in doubt