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SEBI eases currency derivatives rules

The logo of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), India's market regulator, is seen on the facade of its head office building in Mumbai, July 13, 2015. Picture taken July 13, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s stock market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India relaxed currency derivatives rules on Wednesday, allowing participants to continue to hold on to their open position limits even if total open interest in a currency pair falls at a stock exchange.

Market participants will, however, have to gradually bring down their open positions to comply with applicable limits within a time period specified by the stock exchanges, the SEBI said.

Earlier, market participants had to reduce their open position limits in proportion to the drop in total open interest.

India allows market participants to have open position of upto 15 percent of the total open interest, or $100 million gross open limit for USD/INR pair, whichever is higher.

For banks, the position limit is 15 percent of total open interest or $1 billion, whichever is higher.

Reporting by Suvashree Dey Choudhury and Abhirup Roy; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath