Thomson Reuters, CFA Society and MCX Investor Protection Fund join hands to conduct a workshop for the investment community on leveraging commodity derivatives

Two sessions, day-long each were attended by more than 100 participants

Mumbai, April 04, 2018 – As the Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is actively considering allowing mutual funds and portfolio management services to participate in the Indian commodity derivatives markets, Thomson Reuters in collaboration with CFA Society India and MCX Investor Protection Fund has taken a lead in skilling the industry participants be ready to leverage commodity derivatives in investment management. Two batches of day long workshops were attended by over 100 investment professionals including fund managers and product heads from leading Mutual Fund and broking companies.

As a part of the workshop, Thomson Reuters facilitated detailed sessions delivered by industry experts on commodity derivatives, commodity options and how they can be leveraged for investment. This was followed by simulated exercises where the participants built portfolios diversified with commodity derivatives and long short strategy for commodity investing. The sessions were concluded with an insightful panel discussion on commodity derivative led product ideas for fund managers. 

Aniruddha Chatterjee, Head- Buy-side segment, Thomson Reuters, South Asia said, “As investors confidence in the buy-side industry continues to grow, the regulator is also opening up new avenues, which will further give a boost to the industry and ensure better risk diversification for the customers. Allowing investment in commodity derivates will be a welcome step and as Thomson Reuters, a trusted source of data and information for our customers, we want to ensure that the market is well equipped to maximize the benefits of this regulatory change.”

Dr V. Shunmugam, Head-Research, MCX said, “In a dynamic regulatory and investment landscape, it is important for fund managers to understand the implications of the change, and how will it impact their customers, and clients. The workshop jointly conducted by MCX IPF, Thomson Reuters, and CFA Institute did not only give a very thorough and comprehensive view on how commodity derivatives can be leveraged for investment management but also captured their imagination on how they could use the opportunity to innovate for their customers.”

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