India awaits options rules

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Options could at last soon be part of India’s derivatives palette. After years of discussions between regulators and market participants, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is expected to release guidelines on currency and interest rate options within the next month.

RBI governor Bimal Jalan announced in his annual monetary and credit policy statement in late April that “less complex” over-the-counter interest rate rupee options will be permitted in the first phase of market liberalisatio