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The world’s largest market - driven primarily by fundamentals

The economies of the world are connected with each other through currency markets, which act as a vital link. Every country deals with a host of other countries for imports, exports, remittances, and other fund flows. Each economy deals in an identified currency. Through the exchange rate mechanism and currency markets, they deal with the other country. That is how, the currency markets are the biggest, finest, and most vibrant of all markets, active 24 x 7 for 365 days. Currency markets provide a platform to hedge currency exposure, a platform to trade based on a view on currency markets, and lots of derivatives to meet diverse objectives. Exchange-based currency markets are relevant to a whole lot of entities.



View-Based Trading

For Individuals & Corporates

Take advantage of the two-way movement of markets through Currency Futures & Options using our online currency trading platform. What makes Forex trading using Futures & Options a must-have for all investors’ portfolios are advantages such as small margin requirements, lower entry barriers, and multiplicity of options.



For Individuals & Corporates

Investors can benefit from the price difference in two ways – the difference in price between different markets and between different exchanges. Furthermore, they can also benefit from arbitrage on the prices between OTC* and ETCD^ market.


Investors Residing in India

For Individuals

Indian residents looking to invest abroad, can use currency derivatives to hedge their offshore investments


NRI Investors

For Individuals

Investing in currency trading in India is not just for residents, even as an NRI (Non-Resident Indian) you will be able to protect your portfolio from currency risk while investing in India.


Hedging for Importers & Exporters

For Corporates

In case of fluctuations pertaining to exchange rates, you will be able to take appropriate positions and hedge any potential losses from your exports or imports.


Hedging for Foreign Currency Loan Borrowers

For Individuals

Investors will be able to hedge all unexpected increases in periodic repayments of Foreign Currency Loan if there are fluctuations in the exchange rates.

OTC: Over-The-Counter Market (Off-Exchange Market)

ETCD: Exchange Traded Currency Derivatives Market


Events likely to impact USD/INR rate General trend for demand/supply of USD IMPACT on USD IMPACT ON INR
Increase in Imports by India Demand for USD increases as importers have to pay in USD Appreciates Depreciates
Increase in Exports by India Supply of USD increases as exporters get paid in USD Depreciates Appreciates
RBI buying USD to absorb excess USD liquidity due to Forex inflows Demand for USD increases Appreciates Depreciates
RBI selling USD to meet demand for the USD Supply of USD increases Depreciates Appreciates
Negative trade balance (Total Imports are more than Exports) Demand for USD increases Appreciates Depreciates
Positive trade balance (Total Exports are more than Imports) Supply of USD increases Depreciates Appreciates
Rise in global Oil prices Demand for USD rises due to costlier oil imports Appreciates Depreciates
Fall in global Oil prices Supply of USD increases due to cheaper oil imports Depreciates Appreciates
FIIs selling their investment in Indian shares & bonds Demand for USD increases as they take home USD after selling Appreciates Depreciates
FIIs investing in Indian shares & bonds Supply of USD increases as they bring USD to India for investing Depreciates Appreciates
Increase in Forex remittances by NRI’s Supply of USD increases Depreciates Appreciates


The best part about currency market trading is that you don’t need to open a new account or have different funds for this asset class. Your cash margin and collaterals across equity, F&O, mutual funds and currencies can be used for all the 4 segments and on a single platform. No separate investment is required for currency trading or cross-currency trading.

    • Benefits of currency derivatives
    • Standardized lot size
    • Exchange-traded & transparent
    • Highly liquid
    • Instant transactions
    • Low margin, high leverage
    • Low taxation compared to equities & commodities (No STT and CTT applied)
    • Interbank market
    • Governance by both the SEBI and RBI
    • The convenience of cash settlement
    • No insider trading
    • On-call & online trading facility
    • No requirement for the underlying position if you are a trader
    • Low margins, low bid-ask spreads
    • Anonymous order matching facility
    • Robust settlement systems with counterparty guarantee 6 months contract can be traded at a time, each contract is a monthly contract


What is Currency Trading?

It is an agreement to buy or sell a standard quantity (one lot or its multiples; 1 Lot = USD1,000) or in (GBP,EUR. JPY vs. INR) of a specific foreign currency (FX against INR) at a specified future date (near 12 calendar month ends) through an exchange (NSE or BSE) at an agreed price. Since it is traded on exchange it’s also called as Exchange Traded Currency Derivatives.

What are the types of Exchange Traded Derivative Contracts?

The types of Exchange Traded Derivative Contracts permitted are:

  • 1. Currency Futures
  • A currency futures contract is a standardized form of a forward contract that is traded on an exchange. It’s an agreement to buy or sell a specified quantity of an underlying currency on a specified date at a specified price. In India, currently four currency pairs are traded (USD/INR, EURO/INR, GBP/INR, and JPY/INR) with a lot size of 1000 units of the base currency, except JPY where the lot size is 100,000. However, settlement for the customer is done in Rupee terms and not in the foreign currency.
  • 2. Currency Options
  • Currency Options are contracts that grant the buyer of the option the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell underlying currency at a specified exchange rate during a specified period of time. For this right, the buyer pays premium to the seller of the option. In India, Exchange Traded Currency Options are available in USDINR, with a lot size of 1000 units of the base currency. However, settlement for the customer is done in Rupee terms and not in the foreign currency.

What are the salient features of Currency Trading?

  • Exchange-Traded
  • Standardized
  • Counter-party risk is absent (Settlement of trades is guaranteed)
  • Requirement of margins
  • Marked-to-Market everyday
  • Net-Settled in INR
  • Advantage of Exchange Traded Currency Derivatives :
  • Participation possible without underlying
  • Bid-Ask spread as low as 0.0025 INR, (near month)
  • Absolute price transparency – same real-time outright price available to you
  • Can trade/hedge as small as $1000 without price and client discrimination
  • Total accessibility – remote trading platform possible on your desktop/laptop
  • Best 5 orders available in the market can be accessed/seen easily by you

Why should I invest in the Currency Market?

  • Safer compared to share trading
  • Transparent prices
  • You can Trade USD/EURO/GBP and JPY against INR
  • Standardized, exchange-traded, and guaranteed by the clearing corporation
  • Benefit of arbitrage on the prices between OTC and futures market
  • One may hedge the underlying exposure and protect the earnings from the volatility of the market place

Who all can trade in currency?

  • Regular traders – who want to do view, based trading
  • NRIs – Who invest in India and want to insulate themselves from currency risk
  • Arbitrageurs – who want to take benefit of the price difference on various exchanges
  • Hedgers – Who want to hedge Export / Imports or Foreign exchange Loans
  • How do I trade in the ETCD market?
  • Clients need to put a margin for taking a position and in order to trade in the ETCD market.

How do I trade in the ETCD market?

Clients need to put a margin for taking a position and in order to trade in the ETCD market.

What is the margin?

One needs to have a specific amount deposited into the margin account to buy currency in the trading account. It can be in the form of cash or collateral as specified by the regulator's example. Of accepted collateral are stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and fixed deposits.

Do I need to open Demat account for currency?

No. There is no need to open a separate Demat account. However, clients need to provide cash or collateral for taking a position.

Which are the exchanges used for currency trading in India?

In India, most commonly used exchanges are NSE (National stock exchange) and BSE (Bombay stock exchange.)

Does currency market have central location?

Currency trading is not done through one central location. It is actually conducted by electronic communication networks and mobile networks around the world.

How are the prices of currencies determined?

The most important factors that determine the currency prices are:

  • Supply and demand
  • Interest rates
  • Inflation
  • International trade
  • Political stability

What is spread?

Spread is the difference between the price quoted for Immediate Sale (offer) and Immediate Purchase (BID).

I am an ACMIIL client. Do I require a new account for trading in Currencies?

No. There is no need to open a new account for trading in currency. Only an additional segment code will be assigned to you when you express your interest in ETCD.

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  • The client agrees to pay the fees calculated in the manner and on the rates as provided in the Schedule I.
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Schedule I

Fees Structure
Nature of FeesFees
Basket FeesINR 300 per basket + GST (Charged upfront)
Advisory Fees (Second year onwards)2% p.a+ GST (Charged upfront on Basket Value)
Approx Transaction Charges0.13%
Note: In Basket fees and Management Fees, GST will be recovered at the applicable rate.
Transaction charges includes Brokerage, STT, Stock Exchange charges, Stamp duty, SEBI Charges & GST

Fees Structure Example:

Suppose Client A has bought 1 basket for 36 months so he will pay INR 300 per basket as Basket fees for 36 months and from 13th month onwards he will pay Advisory fees for 1st basket as one year ends for the basket. So, after completion of one year the client A has to pay the Basket fees (13th month fresh basket) as well advisory fees (1st basket upfront Advisory fees for second year).

Transaction Charges Includes
STT (Central Govt)0.1% on Transaction Value
Transaction Charges (Stock Exchange)0.0034% on Transaction Value
Stamp Duty & SEBI Charges0.011% on Transaction Value
GST18% on Transaction Charges.
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