I heard about NSE and BSE starting international exchanges coming up in GIFT city, but Indian retail traders won't be allowed to trade? No mention of retail Indian trading on this article on Moneycontrol. Why is that?
The way the international exchanges are set up in GIFT is like say how the free trade zone works in Dubai. It is called IFSC or International Financial Service Center. It is a special economic zone, No STT, CTT, etc. Only MAT (Minimum Alternate Tax) of 9%.
It is an international financial service center, so all business transactions will take place in foreign currencies. So even though the exchange is situated within India, it is as if it were outside the country.
Resident Indians, under Liberalized Remittance Scheme ( LRS), are allowed to invest upto USD 250,000 per year outside India. But this money can be used only to buy stocks, real estate, or any asset which doesn’t have leverage (so no F&O trading).
Currently the BSE international exchange (IndiaINX) is allowing trading of derivatives only and not equity stocks. Hence, Indian retail clients would not be able to trade on this exchange.
This exchange will hopefully attract the FII crowd that otherwise trades Nifty on the Singapore or Dubai exchanges. NRI’s have to go through the painful custodial participant route to trade F&O on NSE/BSE, but an international exchange will make it very simple for them.
Also, IFSCA recently did away with the 1 Million USD net worth requirement for resident individuals (likely after RBI came out with the Notification referenced above) that was introduced back in November 2020
If the exchanges in GIFT City (like India INX and NSE IFSC) introduce trading in foreign companies via IDRs or some other means in the future (which is a thing that both exchanges have on their roadmaps), wouldn’t it be better to invest outside India via them?
Does Zerodha have plans to take membership in those exchanges (aka India INX and NSE IFSC)?
I guess Zerodha along with hundred of other brokerages may have membership in gift city for proprietary purposes.
Yeah, we do have plans once foreign stocks are allowed to offer for retail Indian residents.