Summer Training Report


“Commodities Trading in Share Khan with the application of Technical Tools & Technique” AT


Bhubaneswar Prepared By Mr. RAJESH MOHAPATRA Roll No. 08FC125 Batch 2008-10 Under the Guidance of Mr.Anand Agarwal (Relationship Manager) (Company Guide) Prof. A.K. Mishra (Internal Guide)

As a Partial Fulfilment of PGDFC Programme of IMIS



I’m Rajesh Mohapatra, a student of Institute of Management & Information Science, which is approved by AICTE, hereby declare that the project entitled “ Commodities Trading in Share Khan with the application of Technical Tools & Technique ” at SHAREKHAN Ltd., Bhubaneswar is the original work done by me and the information provided in the study is authentic to the best of my knowledge. This study report has not been submitted to any other institution or university for the award or any other degree.

This report is based on my personal opinion hence cannot be referred to legal purpose.





Preservation, inspiration and motivation have always played a key role in the success of any venture. In the present world of competition and success, training is like a bridge between theoretical and practical working; willingly I prepared this particular Project. First of all I would like to thank the supreme power, the almighty god, who is the one who has always guided me to work on the right path of my life. I would like to thank Mrs. Sabitri Nanda (Branch Manager) for granting me permission to undertake the training in their esteemed organization. I express my sincere thanks to Prof. (Dr) S.P Padhi (Area chair, Finance), Prof A.K Mishra (Internal Guide) & others faculty members for the valuable suggestion and making this project a real successful. I also thanks to Mrs. Sabitri Nanda (Branch Manager), Mr. Anand Agarwal (Relationship Manager) (External Guide) for their time-to-time guidance and support in completing the project. I also thank the other staff members of SHAREKHAN LTD who devoted their valuable time by helping me to complete my project. Last but not least, my sincere thanks to my parents and friends who directly or indirectly helped me to bring this project into the final shape.

Rajesh Mohapatra


This project has been a great learning experience for me; at the same time it gave me enough scope to implement my analytical ability. This project as a whole can be divided into two parts: The first part gives an insight about the Commodities Trading and its various aspects. It is purely based on whatever I learned at SHAREKHAN. One can have a brief knowledge about Commodities Trading and all its basics through the project. Other than that the real servings come when one moves ahead. Some of the most interesting questions regarding Commodities have been covered. Some of them are: How does the trade take place? What makes commodities special? All the topics have been covered in a very systematic way. The language has been kept simple so that even a layman could understand. The second part consists of the description of the various statistical tools that are used by the research teams & expert individual investors to predict the market & earn profit. The data collected has been well organized and presented. Hope the research findings and conclusions will be of use. It also describes the uniqueness and features of SHARE KHAN.



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The vast geographical extent of India and her huge population is aptly complemented by the size of her market. The broadest classification of the Indian Market can be made in terms of the commodity market and the bond market. The commodity market in India comprises of all palpable markets that we come across in our daily lives. Such markets are social institutions that facilitate exchange of goods for money. The cost of goods is estimated in terms of domestic currency. Indian Commodity Market can be subdivided into the following two categories:  Wholesale Market

 Retail Market The traditional wholesale market in India dealt with the whole sellers who bought goods from the farmers and manufacturers and then sold them to the retailers after making a profit in the process. It was the retailers who finally sold the goods to the consumers. With the passage of time the importance of whole sellers began to fade out for the following reasons:
o The whole sellers in most situations, acted as mere parasites that did not

add any value to the product but raised its price which was eventually bear by the consumers.


o The improvement in transport facilities made the retailers to directly

interact with the producers and hence the need for whole sellers was not felt. In recent years, the extent of the retail market (both organized and unorganized) has evolved in leaps and bounds. In fact, the success stories of the commodity market of India in recent years has mainly centered on the growth generated by the Retail Sector. Almost every commodity under the sun both agricultural and industrial is now being provided at well distributed retail outlets throughout the country. Moreover, the retail outlets belong to both the organized as well as the unorganized sector. The unorganized retail outlets of the yesteryears consist of small shop owners who are price takers where consumers face a highly competitive price structure. The organized sector on the other hand is owned by various business houses like Pantaloons, Reliance, Tata and others. Such markets are usually selling a wide range of articles such as agricultural and manufactured, edible and inedible, perishable and durable. Modern marketing strategies and other techniques of sales promotion enable such markets to draw customers from every section of the society. However the growth of such markets has still centered on the urban areas primarily due to infrastructural limitations. The share of retail trade in the country's gross domestic product (GDP) was between 8–10 per cent in 2007. It is currently around 12 per cent, and is likely to reach 22 per cent by 2010. A McKinsey report 'The rise of Indian Consumer Market', estimates that the Indian consumer market is likely to grow four times by 2025. Commercial real estate services company, CB Richard Ellis' findings state that India's retail market is currently valued at US$ 511 billion. India's overall retail sector is expected to rise to US$ 833 billion by 2013 and to US$ 1.3 trillion by 2018, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10 per cent.

The basic purpose of undertaking this project was: I. To study the working of commodities market in detail. II. To know the application of various technical & statistical tools. III. To be able to foresee the future prospects.

As the project report is fully based on personal learning & observation it can be used to have detailed knowledge about the working of Commodity Market. Also the report can be used for decision making by a customer whether to go for Commodity futures Trading or not?

I. The study is based on historical data. II. An attempt has been made to predict the future of market which may not come true. III. The commodity market in India is in its infantry stage.

The data required for the study has been collected mainly through primary and secondary sources. The secondary data is collected from the existing sources that are newspapers, magazines, journals and from various websites. Primary data is collected through personal interaction with the traders & professional experts who are really experienced in this market. The method adopted for collection of data is according to the convenience of mine.


A Brief History of future Markets
In the 1840s, Chicago had become a commercial center with railroad and telegraph lines connecting it with the East. Around this same time, the McCormick reaper was invented which eventually lead to higher wheat production. Midwest farmers came to Chicago to sell their wheat to dealers who, in turn, shipped it all over the country. Farmers brought their wheat to Chicago hoping to sell it at a good price. The city had few storage facilities and no established procedures either for weighing the grain or for grading it. In short, the farmers were often at the mercy of the dealer. 1848 saw the opening of a central place where farmers and dealers could meet to deal in "spot" grain - that is, to exchange cash for immediate delivery of wheat. The futures contract, as we know it today, evolved as farmers (sellers) and dealers (buyers) began to commit to future exchanges of grain for cash. For instance, the farmer would agree with the dealer on a price to deliver to him 5,000 bushels of wheat at the end of June. The bargain suited both parties. The farmer knew how much he would be paid for his wheat, and the dealer knew his costs in advance. The two parties may have exchanged a written contract to this effect and even a small amount of money representing a "guarantee." Such contracts became common and were even used as collateral for bank loans. They also began to change hands before the delivery date. If the dealer decided he didn't want the wheat, he would sell the contract to someone who did. Or, the farmer who didn't want to deliver his wheat might pass his obligation on to another farmer the price would go up and down depending on what was happening


in the wheat market. If bad weather had come, the people who had contracted to sell wheat would hold more valuable contracts because the supply would be lower; if the harvest were bigger than expected, the seller's contract would become less valuable. It wasn't long before people who had no intention of ever buying or selling wheat began trading the contracts. They were speculators, hoping to buy low and sell high or sell high and buy low.

Unlike a stock, which represents equity in a company and can be held for a long time, if not indefinitely, futures contracts have finite lives. They are primarily used for hedging commodity price-fluctuation risks or for taking advantage of price movements, rather than for the buying or selling of the actual cash commodity. The word "contract" is used because a futures contract requires delivery of the commodity in a stated month in the future unless the contract is liquidated before it expires. The buyer of the futures contract (the party with a long position) agrees on a fixed purchase price to buy the underlying commodity (wheat, gold or T-bills, for example) from the seller at the expiration of the contract. The seller of the futures contract (the party with a short position) agrees to sell the underlying commodity to the buyer at expiration at the fixed sales price. As time passes, the contract's price changes relative to the fixed price at which the trade was initiated. This creates profits or losses for the trader. In most cases, delivery never takes place. Instead, both the buyer and the seller, acting independently of each other, usually liquidate their long and short positions before the contract expires; the buyer sells futures and the seller buys futures. Arbitrageurs in the futures markets are constantly watching the relationship between cash and futures in order to exploit such mispricing. If, for example, an

arbitrageur realized that gold futures in a certain month were overpriced in relation to the cash gold market and/or interest rates, he would immediately sell those contracts knowing that he could lock in a risk-free profit. Traders on the floor of the exchange would notice the heavy selling activity and react by quickly pushing down the futures price, thus bringing it back into line with the cash market. For this reason, such opportunities are rare and fleeting. Most arbitrage strategies are carried out by traders from large dealer firms. They monitor prices in the cash and futures markets from "upstairs" where they have electronic screens and direct phone lines to place orders on the exchange floor. Why Futures Prices Change? The cost of carry explains the basic relationship of cash to futures pricing, but it does not explain many less certain factors that can affect futures pricing such as seasonal influences and other unpredictable events. As for Interest-rate and currency futures - those based on T-bonds, T-bills, Eurodollars and the five major currencies - the biggest influences are the policies and trading activities of the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury and foreign central banks, all of which affect interest rates. Stock indexes are affected by whatever influences the stock market as a whole. Interest rates certainly play a major role - higher interest rates usually hurt the stock market. Other effects include the overall prospects for corporate earnings and corporate tax policies that help or hurt big business. Futures trading provide a way to establish a form of price knowledge leading to continuous price discovery. Futures prices reflect not only current cash prices, but also expectations of future prices and general economic factors.



A commodity may be defined as an article, a product or material that is bought and sold. It can be classified as every kind of movable property, except Actionable Claims, Money & Securities. Commodities actually offer immense potential to become a separate asset class for market-savvy investors, arbitrageurs and speculators. Retail investors, who claim to understand the equity markets, may find commodities an unfathomable market. But in fact commodities are easy to understand as far as fundamentals of demand and supply are concerned. Retail investors should understand the risks and advantages of trading in commodity futures before taking a leap. Historically, pricing in commodity futures has been less volatile compared with equity, thus providing an efficient portfolio diversification option. In fact, the size of the commodities markets in India is also quite significant. Of the country's GDP of Rs 13, 20,730 crore (Rs 13,207.3 billion), commodities related (and dependent) industries constitute about 58 per cent. Currently, the various commodities across the country clock an annual turnover of Rs 1, 40,000 crore (Rs 1,400 billion). With the introduction of futures trading, the size of the commodities market grows many folds here on.

A cash commodity must meet three basic conditions to be successfully traded in the futures market:
I. It has to be standardized and, for agricultural and industrial commodities,

must be in a basic, raw, unprocessed state. There are futures contracts on wheat, but not on flour. Wheat is wheat (although different types of wheat

have different futures contracts). The miller who needs wheat futures contract to help him avoid losing money on his flour transactions with customers wouldn't need flour futures. A given amount of wheat yields a given amount of flour and the cost of converting wheat to flour is fairly fixed & hence predictable.
II. Perishable commodities must have an adequate shelf life, because delivery

on a futures contract is deferred.
III. The cash commodity's price must fluctuate enough to create uncertainty,

which means both risk and potential profit.

The Commodity Trading Market of established itself in India as a dominant market form much before the 1970s. In fact, in the last phase of 1970s, the commodity trading market of India started to loose its' vibrancy. This happened because, from the late 1970s, numerous regulations and restrictions started to be introduced in the commodity market of India and these restrictions were acting as obstacles in the path of smooth functioning of the commodity trading market. In the recent years, many restrictions, which were negatively affecting commodity trading market, have been removed. So, now the commodity trading market of India has again started to grow in a fast pace. Commodity market is an important constituent of the financial markets of any country. It is the market where a wide range of products, viz., precious metals, base metals, crude oil, energy and soft commodities like palm oil, coffee etc. are traded. It is important to develop a vibrant, active and liquid commodity market. This would help investors hedge


their commodity risk, take speculative positions in commodities and exploit arbitrage opportunities in the market.



Ministry of Consumer Affairs

FMC (Forwards Market Commission)

Commodity Exchange

National Exchange

Regional Exchange





20 other regional exchanges


Quality Certificatio n Agencies


Hedger (Exporters / Millers Industry)
Producers (Farmers/Co operatives/In stitutional)

Clearing Bank

Commodities Ecosystem MCX

Transporter s/ Support agencies

Consumers (Retail/ Institutional)

Traders (speculators) arbitrageurs/ client)




World-over one will find that a market exits for almost all the commodities known to us. These commodities can be broadly classified into the following groups:
Aluminium, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Sponge Iron, Steel Long (Bhavnagar), Steel Long (Govindgarh), Steel Flat, Tin, Zinc Gold, Gold HNI, Gold M, i-gold, Silver, Silver HNI, Silver M Cotton L Staple, Cotton M Staple, Cotton S Staple, Cotton Yarn, Kapas Brent Crude Oil, Crude Oil, Furnace Oil, Natural Gas, M. E. Sour Crude Oil Cardamom, Jeera, Pepper, Red Chilli Arecanut, Cashew Kernel, Coffee (Robusta), Rubber Chana, Masur, Yellow Peas HDPE, Polypropylene(PP), PVC Castor Oil, Castor Seeds, Coconut Cake, Coconut Oil, Cotton Seed, Crude Palm Oil, Groundnut Oil, Kapasia Khalli, Mustard Oil, Mustard Seed (Jaipur), Mustard Seed (Sirsa), RBD Palmolein, Refined Soy Oil, Refined Sunflower Oil, Rice Bran DOC, Rice Bran Refined Oil, Sesame Seed, Soymeal, Soy Bean, Soy Seeds Maize Guargum, Guar Seed, Gurchaku, Mentha Oil, Potato (Agra), Potato (Tarkeshwar), Sugar M-30, Sugar S-30





Indian Commodity Futures Market (Rs Crores)
Exchanges Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) NCDEX NMCE(Ahma dabad) NBOT(Indore ) Others All Exchanges 2004 2005 2006 2007

165147 266,338 13,988 58,463 67,823 571,759

961,633 1,066,686 18,385 53,683 54,735 2,155,122

1,621,803 944,066 101,731 57,149 14,591 2,739,340

2,505,206 733,479 24,072 74,582 37,997 3,375,336

The commodities market exits in two distinct forms namely the Over the Counter (OTC) market and the Exchange based market. Also, as in equities, there exists the spot and the derivatives segment. The spot markets are essentially over the counter markets and the participation is restricted to people who are involved with that commodity say the farmer, processor, wholesaler etc. Derivative trading takes place through exchange-based markets with standardized contracts, settlements etc.


Each exchange is normally regulated by a national governmental (or semigovernmental) regulatory agency: Country
Australia Chinese mainland Hong Kong India Pakistan Singapore UK USA Malaysia

Regulatory agency
Australian Securities and Investments Commission China Securities Regulatory Commission Securities and Futures Commission Securities and Exchange Board of India and Forward Markets Commission (FMC) Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Monetary Authority of Singapore Financial Services Authority Commodity Futures Trading Commission Securities Commission

The government has now allowed national commodity exchanges, similar to the BSE & NSE, to come up and let them deal in commodity derivatives in an electronic trading environment. These exchanges are expected to offer a nationwide anonymous, order driven; screen based trading system for trading. The Forward Markets Commission (FMC) will regulate these exchanges. Consequently four commodity exchanges have been approved to commence business in this regard. They are:


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Commodity Market in India
Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), Mumbai National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX), Mumbai National Board of Trade (NBOT), Indore National Multi Commodity Exchange (NMCE), Ahmadabad

 Hedging the price risk associated with futures contractual commitments.  Spaced out purchases possible rather than large cash purchases and its storage.  Efficient price discovery prevents seasonal price volatility.  Greater flexibility, certainty and transparency in procuring commodities would aid bank lending.  Facilitate informed lending.


 Hedged positions of producers and processors would reduce the risk of default faced by banks. * Lending for agricultural sector would go up with greater transparency in pricing and storage.  Commodity Exchanges to act as distribution network to retail agri-finance from Banks to rural households.  Provide trading limit finance to Traders in commodities Exchanges.

 Access to a huge potential market much greater than the securities and cash market in commodities.  Robust, scalable, state-of-art technology deployment.  Member can trade in multiple commodities from a single point, on real time basis.

 Traders would be trained to be Rural Advisors and Commodity Specialists and through them multiple rural needs would be met, like bank credit, information dissemination, etc.



One answer that is heard in the financial sector is "we need commodity futures markets so that we will have volumes, brokerage fees, and something to trade''. We have to look at futures market in a bigger perspective -- what is the role for commodity futures in India's economy? In India agriculture has traditionally been an area with heavy government intervention. Government intervenes by trying to maintain buffer stocks, they try to fix prices, and they have import-export restrictions and a host of other interventions. Many economists think that we could have major benefits from liberalization of the agricultural sector. In this case, the question arises about who will maintain the buffer stock, how will we smoothen the price fluctuations, how will farmers not be vulnerable that tomorrow the price will crash when the crop comes out, how will farmers get signals that in the future there will be a great need for wheat or rice. In all these aspects the futures market has a very big role to play. If we think there will be a shortage of wheat tomorrow, the futures prices will go up today, and it will carry signals back to the farmer making sowing decisions today. In this fashion, a system of futures markets will improve cropping patterns. Next, if I am growing wheat and am worried that by the time the harvest comes out prices will go down, then I can sell my wheat on the futures market. I can sell my wheat at a price, which is fixed today, which eliminates my risk from price fluctuations. These days, agriculture requires investments -- farmers spend money on fertilizers, high yielding varieties, etc. They are worried when making these investments that by the time the crop comes out prices might have dropped, resulting in losses. Thus a farmer would like to lock in his future price and not be exposed to fluctuations in prices.

The third is the role about storage. Today we have the Food Corporation of India, which is doing a huge job of storage, and it is a system, which -- in my opinion -does not work. Futures market will produce their own kind of smoothing between the present and the future. If the future price is high and the present price is low, an arbitrager will buy today and sell in the future. The converse is also true, thus if the future price is low the arbitrageur will buy in the futures market. These activities produce their own "optimal" buffer stocks, smooth prices. They also work very effectively when there is trade in agricultural commodities; arbitrageurs on the futures market will use imports and exports to smooth Indian prices using foreign spot markets. In totality, commodity futures markets are a part and parcel of a program for agricultural liberalization. Many agriculture economists understand the need of liberalization in the sector. Futures markets are an instrument for achieving that liberalization.

o A good low-risk portfolio diversifier o A highly liquid asset class, acting as a counterweight to stocks, bonds and real estate. o Less volatile, compared with, equities and bonds. o Investors can leverage their investments and multiply potential earnings. o Better risk-adjusted returns. o A good hedge against any downturn in equities or bonds as there is o Little correlation with equity and bond markets.


o High co-relation with changes in inflation. o No securities transaction tax levied.

The NCDEX System
Every market transaction consists of three components i.e. trading, clearing and settlement. A brief overview of how transactions happen on the NCDEX’s market.

The trading system on the NCDEX provides a fully automated screen based trading for futures on commodities on a nationwide basis as well as online monitoring and surveillance mechanism. It supports an order driven market and provides complete transparency of trading operations. Order matching is essential on the basis of commodity, its price, time and quantity. All quantity fields are in units and price in rupees. The exchange specifies the unit of trading and the delivery unit for futures contracts on various commodities. The exchange notifies the regular lot size and tick size for each of the contracts traded from time to time. When any order enters the trading system, it is an active order. It tries to finds a match on the other side of the book. If it finds a match, a trade is generated. If it does not find a match, the order becomes passive and gets queued in the respective outstanding order book in the system. Time stamping is done for each trade and provides the possibility for a complete audit trail if required. NCDEX trades commodity futures contracts having one month, two month and three month expiry cycles. All contracts expire on the 20th of the expiry month. Thus a January expiration contract would expire on the 20th of January and a February

expiry contract would cease trading on the 20th of February. If the 20th of the expiry month is a trading holiday, the contracts shall expire on the previous trading day. New contracts will be introduced on the trading day following the expiry of the near month contract.

National Securities Clearing Corporation Limited (NSCCL) undertakes clearing of trades executed on the NCDEX. The settlement guarantee fund is maintained and managed by NCDEX. Only clearing members including professional clearing members (PCMs) only are entitled to clear and settle contracts through the clearing house. At NCDEX, after the trading hours on the expiry date, based on the available information, the matching for deliveries takes place firstly, on the basis of locations and then randomly, keeping in view the factors such as available capacity of the vault/warehouse, commodities already deposited and dematerialized and offered for delivery etc. Matching done by this process is binding on the clearing members. After completion of the matching process, clearing members are informed of the deliverable/ receivable positions and the unmatched positions. Unmatched positions have to be settled in cash. The cash settlement is only for the incremental gain/loss as determined on the basis of final settlement price.

Futures contracts have two types of settlements, the MTM settlement which happens on a continuous basis at the end of each day, and the final settlement which happens on the last trading day of the futures contract. On the NCDEX, daily MTM settlement and the final MTM settlement in respect of admitted deals in futures contracts are cash settled by debiting/crediting the clearing accounts of

clearing members (CM) with the respective clearing bank. All positions of a CM, brought forward, created during the day or closed out during the day, are market to market at the daily settlement price or the final settlement price at the close of trading hours on a day. On the date of expiry, the final settlement price is the spot price on the expiry day. The responsibility of settlement is on a trading cum clearing member for all trades done on his own account and his client’s trades. A professional clearing member is responsible for settling all the participants’ trades, which he has confirmed to the exchange. On the expiry date of a futures contract, members submit delivery information through delivery request window on the trader workstations provided by NCDEX for all open positions for a commodity for all constituents individually. NCDEX on receipt of such information matches the information and arrives at delivery position for a member for a commodity. The seller intending to make delivery takes the commodities to the designated warehouse. These commodities have to be assayed by the exchange specified assayer. The commodities have to meet the contract specifications with allowed variances. If the commodities meet the specifications, the warehouse accepts them. Warehouse then ensures that the receipts get updated in the depository system giving a credit in the depositor’s electronic account. The seller the gives the invoice to his clearing member, who would courier the same to the buyer’s clearing member. On an appointed date, the buyer goes to the warehouse and takes physical possession of the commodities.




Sharekhan, the retail arm of the SSKI Group offers world-class facilities for buying and selling shares on BSE and NSE, demat services, derivatives (F&O)

and most importantly investment advice tempered by 85 years of research and broking experience. A research and analysis team is constantly working to track performance and trends. That’s why Sharekhan has the trading products, which are having one of the highest success rates in the industry. You can avail of all its services at any of their 704 share shops across 234 cities, or through internet using their real time online trading terminals. A part from Sharekhan, the SSKI Group also comprises of Institutional Broking and Corporate Finance. The Institutional Broking division caters to domestic and foreign institutional investors, while the Corporate Finance Division focuses on niche areas such as infrastructure, telecom and media. SSKI has been voted as the Top Domestic Brokerage House in the research category, twice by Euromoney survey and four times by Asiamoney survey. SSKI has been voted the best domestic brokerage in India by Asiamoney Polls’ 2004 Basically, the company is a market leader in providing brokering services and has a high turnover in it which makes it No.1 in the market. The main difference is the services that they provide to the investors. The customer is managed with a friendly corporate culture to give him a more benefited investment idea and motivate him whenever he needs. The company is providing as many tips to the clients (pre-market, online and post-market) for more and more trading ideas and the manager helps each client to concentrate on a few scripts so that he can manage the profit/loss. In future, Sharekhan is planning to enter in Mutual funds, Insurance sector and banking sector to expand beyond the market currently covered by it. And it has started MF (Mutual Funds) on priority basis but wants to grow in it. To sum up, Sharekhan brings a user- friendly trading facility, coupled with a wealth of content that will help customers stalk the right shares.



To provide the best Customer Service and Product Innovation tuned to diverse needs of clientele. Continuous up-gradation with changing technology, while maintaining human values. Respond to progressive globalization and achieving international standards. Efficiency and effectiveness built on ethical practices.

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Only Sharekhan offers the facility to trade at two major commodity exchanges of the country:
1. Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd, Mumbai (MCX) and 2. National Commodity and Derivative Exchange, Mumbai (NCDEX).

Sharekhan also equips you with world-class research, based on technical and fundamental study of all major commodities. What’s more Sharekhan is in the process of launching several trading products and strategies to help you trade in the commodity futures segment.

Sharekhan is a registered Stock Broker with the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange to trade on behalf of clients. The screen-based trading is done on BOLT- BSE Online Trading and NEAT- National Exchange Automated


Trading, terminals. There are two types of transactions executed on these terminals viz. intra-day and delivery based transactions. Intraday transactions are those, in which the squaring up of deal is done on the same day, while in delivery based transaction the squaring up is not done on the same day, but the stock is to be traded on the basis of rolling settlement i.e. T+2. The Brokerage of Intraday transaction is 0.10% single side, while brokerage on delivery based transactions is 0.50% on both side, i.e. while purchasing as well as selling.

At Sharekhan we understand that every investor’s needs and goals are different. Hence we provide a comprehensive set of research reports, so that you can the right investment decisions regardless of your investing preferences! The Research and Development at Sharekhan is done at its Head office Mumbai. The R&D department Head Mr. Hemang Jani forwards all the details regarding all stocks and scripts to all the branches through Internet. At the end of each trading day there is a Teleconference, through which the R&D department Head MR. Hemang Jani talks with each Branch heads and discusses about each day’s closing position and shows their predictions about next day’s opening position. The quarries regarding stock positions and other relevant matter of the branch heads of each branch is being solved through teleconference. The various publications of Sharekhan viz. Derivatives Digest, Sharekhan’s Valueline, Eagle eye, High Noon, Investor’s Eye, Commodities Buzz, Commodities Beat, Commodity Trader’s corner, Sharekhan Xclusive, etc. are being prepared by the research team of Sharekhan made up of highly experienced people from diverse field.



Sharekhan is providing the facility to trade with the commodities through MCX (Multi-Commodity Exchange) and NCDEX (National Commodities & Derivatives Exchange). The commodities market in India is an emerging market, which will become the largest market in the world within the next 5 years, as the trends in the commodities market shows its performance. The company also provides research reports on daily, weekly and monthly basis for the investors in the commodities. It is just like the futures and is having a fixed lot of goods with the margin for each commodity and the trading is based on the theory of futures and therefore, it is also called Vayda Market. In short Sharekhan also provides brokering in commodities and the brokerage charges are 0.10% on total trade value and if carry forwarded an additional 0.02% charge on total trade.

Sharekhan’s products are basically divided into online and offline products.

The Off-Line account is trading account through which one can buy and sell through his/her telephone or by personal visit at sharekhan shop. This a/c is for those who are not comfortable with computer and want to trade.

The Online trading facilities provided by Sharekhan is basically divided into two types of accounts, viz. Classic Account and Speed trade Plus and Streamer. 1) CLASSIC ACCOUNT The CLASSIC ACCOUNT is a Sharekhan online trading account, through which one can buy and sell shares through our website in an instant.

Along with enabling access for you to trade online, the CLASSIC ACCOUNT also gives you our Dial-n-Trade service. With this servive, all you have to do is dial 1-600-22-7050 to buy and sell shares using your phone. 9 Features of the CLASSIC ACCOUNT that enable you to invest effortlessly
1. Online trading account for investing in Equities and Derivatives via
2. Integration of: Online trading + Bank + Demat account 3. Instant cash transfer facility against purchase & sale of shares

4. Reasonable transaction charges
5. Instant order and trade confirmation by e-mail

6. Streaming quotes 7. Personalized market watch
8. Single screen interface for cash, derivatives and more

Provision to enter price trigger and view the same online in market watch

SPEED TRADE PLUS SPEEDTRADE PLUS is an internet-based software application that enables you to buy and sell shares in an instant. It’s ideal for active traders and jobbers who transact frequently during day's trading session to capitalize on intra-day price movements. Speed Trade Plus also provides the features of and functionality of trading in derivatives from the same single-screen interface. 7 Features of Speed trade Plus that enable you to trade effortlessly
1. Instant order Execution & Confirmation


2. Single screen trading terminal 3. Real-time streaming quotes, tic-by-tic charts 4. Market summary (most traded scrip, highest value) 5. Hot keys similar to a brokers terminal 6. Alerts and reminders 7. Back-up facility to place trades on Direct Phone lines

PRICES Off-Line Classic Speed Trade Plus Rs.300 Demat A/c charge Deposits will be in Cash or In + 10,000 Deposits term of Group A’s Shares Demat free for 1 year (other Rs.750 (one time) facilities included) Online trading on your pc with Rs.1,000 (one time) Demat free and other facilities



Commercial speculation, i.e. speculation by buyers and

sellers of commodities, has been used since the 19th century to enable commodity traders and processors to protect themselves against short-term price volatility. Buyers are protected against sudden price increases, sellers against sudden price

falls. For commodity buyers and sellers, commercial speculation is a form of price insurance. Non-commercial speculation takes place not to protect against or “hedge” price risk, but to benefit by anticipating and “betting long” for prices to go up or “short” for prices to go down. Non-commercial speculators provide capital to enable the ongoing function of the market as commercial speculators liquidate their contract positions by paying for the contracted commodity or selling the contract to offset the risk of other contract positions held. Noncommercial speculation is an investment, but one that can overlap with the interests of agriculture when appropriately regulated. However, today’s speculation has become excessive relative to the value of the commodity as determined by supply and demand and other fundamental factors. For example, according to the FAO, as of April 2008 corn volatility was 30 percent and soybean volatility 40 percent beyond what could be accounted for by market fundamentals.11 Price volatility has become so extreme that by July some commercial or “traditional” speculators could no longer afford to use the market to hedge risks effectively.12 Prices are particularly vulnerable to being moved by big speculative “bets” when a commodity’s supply and demand relationship is “tight” due to production failures, high demand and/or lack of supply management mechanisms. The futures contract is the fundamental building block from which other speculative instruments are built. The contract obligates parties to buy or sell a specified quantity of a commodity at a specified price at an agreed date in the near future, usually one to three months from the contract date for agricultural commodities. An options contract does not oblige the parties and costs less to execute but provides less price protection. Futures and options contracts enable those who buy and sell commodities to manage short-term price risks and to


“discover” the price at which those contracts settle as the due date for fulfilling the contract approaches. According to UNCTAD, futures contracts and other “commodity derivatives are not capable of mitigating the causes of commodity price volatility,” such as failure to manage structural oversupply of commodities. Failure to regulate commodity derivatives adequately has not only contributed to huge increases in food import bills and food insecurity, but also to making futures and options contracts unavailable or too expensive for many farmers and some agribusinesses to use to manage price risk. In the U.S., futures contracts were useful and affordable as long as futures prices and cash (spot) market prices converged as the date for the contract’s execution approached. Futures prices helped commodities traders to set a benchmark price in the cash market. With convergence came some degree of contract predictability needed to calculate when to buy or sell. Similarly, option contracts, in which “buyers have the right but not the obligation”15 to buy or sell a commodity at a specified price at a specified time, relied on price convergence to provide some contract predictability. As prices have become more volatile and convergence less predictable since 2006, the futures market has lost its price discovery and risk management functions for many market participants.16 According to the FAO, as of March 2008, volatility in wheat prices reached 60 percent beyond what could be explained by supply and demand factors.17 “Non-commercial” commodities speculation was a factor, though not the only one, that impeded price convergence and induced extreme market volatility, testified the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) to Congress. However, the NGFA and other groups cautioned against overregulating the commodities markets, lest there be too little capital in the market to enable commercial speculators to hedge their risks with futures contracts.

Hedging: Hedging in the futures market is a two-step process. Depending
upon the hedger's cash market situation, he will either buy or sell futures as his first position. For instance, if he is going to buy a commodity in the cash market at a later time, his first step is to buy futures contracts. Or if he is going to sell a “cash commodity” at a later time, his first step in the hedging process is to sell futures contracts. The second step in the process occurs when the cash market transaction takes place. At this time the futures position is no longer needed for price protection and should therefore be offset (closed out). If the hedger was initially long (long hedge), he would offset his position by selling the contract back. If he was initially short (short hedge), he would buy back the futures contract. Both the opening and closing positions must be for the same commodity, number of contracts, and delivery month.

Basic Commodity Hedging Strategy
We'll assume we are talking about an orange juice producer first. This guy has to sell his orange juice in six months. The problem is that any price drop in the orange juice market would have a negative effect on what he can get for his crop once it's harvested. He can get around a large part of that risk by establishing a basic short commodity hedging strategy in the orange juice futures market. This gives him some protection, sort of like an insurance policy against large price fluctuations.

How to Put on a Short Hedge in Commodity Futures


Let's say the current price for orange juice in the cash market on May 1st is 90 cents per pound *fictional.* The OJ grower feels that's a fair price to cover his costs and make a profit. He also knows that he will have about 15,000 pounds of OJ to bring to the market at harvest in six months. What he does is sell his crop now using the futures market to protect that 90 cent sale price in the future. He goes into the futures market and sells 1 contract *15,000 lbs of OJ* at the current market price of $1 per pound. Now lets fast forward 1 month into the future and see how this protects his profit margins. On June 1st the futures price of OJ had dropped to 70 cents per pound and the cash or current price for OJ drops to 65 cents per pound because there looks to be a bumper crop of OJ this year. Yipes…doesn't look good as The OJ producer needed to get 90 cents a pound to cover his costs and make a profit. Looks like he won't be buying his kid the GI Joe with the "Kung Fu" grip because he'll be getting $3750 less for his OJ crop. The decimal point has been omitted and the calculation looks like this: 9000 6500 = 2500 X 1.50 = $3750 loss per contract. But wait… What about the OJ contract he sold in the futures market? Remember he sold 1 contract at $1 per pound? If he were to buy that contract back right now he would only have to pay 70 cents a pound. He has a profit of $4500 for the futures contract. The decimal point has been omitted and the calculation looks like this 10000 7000 = 3000 X 1.50 = $4500 profit per contract. Now let's analyze what the hedge has done to partially protect the OJ grower's price risk. The $3750 cash loss is offset by the $4500 profit in the futures market,


leaving him with a theoretical profit on the hedging strategy of $750. Not a bad deal. Note that the cash price and the futures price didn't fluctuate in tandem. The reason is that the cash price is influenced by factors such as storage and transportation costs. They will most likely, but not always follow the same trend higher or lower, but rarely at the same rate. Let's go another month into the future. On July 1st another report shows that the first report overestimated the OJ supply and the price has risen to $1.20 a pound and the cash price of OJ has gone up to $1.05 because of the simple economics of supply and demand. Yippee…..Happy days…The grower can now get $2250 more for his for his OJ. The calculation looks like this: 10500 - 9000 = 1500 X $1.50 = $2250 more profit…but hold the phone. He shouldn't run out and buy his wife that new BMW he promised her just yet. Let's see what happened with the futures contract hedge. It will cost him $1.20 per pound to buy back the futures contract he sold at $1. That gives him a loss of $3000 for his futures hedge. The calculation looks like this: 10000 - 12000 = 2000 X $1.50 = $3000 loss. Now let's see how the commodity futures hedge has limited his potential profit margin. The $2250 gain on the cash price of the OJ crop is offset by the $3000 loss he currently has on his commodity futures hedge. The net result of liquidating the hedge right now would be a loss of $750. This example shows the importance of maintaining the hedge (regardless of price fluctuations) until the crop is ready for delivery. The cash price and the futures price will converge and become almost equal at the expiration month of the


futures contract except for costs such as carrying charges (also known as "the basis"). By liquidating the futures contract and breaking the protection of the hedge before expiration, the grower then becomes at risk to price fluctuations. He also loses money on the costs associated with the futures portion of the hedge itself.

How to Put on a Long Hedge in Commodity Futures
The counterpart to the grower and producer is the supplier or processor. In our example here, the processor will need to buy OJ and process it for consumption or other uses. Since the processor must make a future purchase, she wants to protect herself from price increases at the time of delivery. She will use the futures market as an insurance policy against price risk by putting on a "Long Hedge" in the futures market by buying futures now, thus locking in her price plus the cost of placing the long hedge in commodity futures. We can look at the price variations and how they affect the processor by simply inverting all the figures from our short hedge example. A rise in the futures price would be a gain for the processor while a fall in the futures price would be a loss. A rise in the cash price would be a loss to the processor while a fall in the cash price would equal a gain. The risk of future price increases is transferred to the futures market because of the hedge. There you have it. A basic commodity hedging strategy and how producers and suppliers use the futures markets to protect price variations and profits. This strategy is used in all commodity markets from financials to livestock, agricultural products and even precious metals.


Is hedging risky?
Hedging is generally not considered risky if it is based on covering short-term requirements. However, if the hedging party places a wrong bet, then they may miss out on potential savings. For instance, if a copper manufacturer has a capacity of 200 tonne and decides to sell 300 tonne on the futures exchange the remaining 100 tonne is considered as speculation in the market. If prices fall then he stands to benefit, however if prices go up the 200 tonne he produces can be delivered on the exchange but he would have to incur losses on the additional 100 tonne.


Arbitrage refers to the opportunity of taking advantage

between the price difference between two different markets for that same stock or

In simple terms one can understand by an example of a commodity selling in one market at price x and the same commodity selling in another market at price x + y. Now this y is the difference between the two markets is the arbitrage available to the trader. The trade is carried simultaneously at both the markets so theoretically there is no risk. (This arbitrage should not be confused with the word arbitration, as arbitration is referred to solving of dispute between two or more parties.) The person who conducts and takes advantage of arbitrage in stocks, commodities, interest rate bonds, derivative products, forex is know as an arbitrageur. Arbitrage opportunities exist between different markets because there are different kind of players in the market, some might be speculators, others jobbers, some market-markets, and some might be arbitrageurs.


The simultaneous purchase and sale of something at different prices sounds like a purely hypothetical transaction that shouldn't ever exist. But various flavors of arbitrage or near-arbitrage do exist, offering profits that are attractive compared to the risk borne by the arbitrageur. Before the NSE came into existence, the price of the same stock varied across exchanges. Therefore, it was easy to make money by buying at one exchange and selling at a higher price on another. But nowadays, with real-time transfer of information, the difference between the prices of the same stock on different exchanges is minuscule. That’s why people play more in derivatives and arbitrage between the price differences in the cash and the futures markets. In the Indian context arbitrage is largely concentrated in stock futures; index arbitrage is not very popular as yet. In the bull market, investors are willing to pay a slight premium to the underlying cash price in the futures market as they expect the stock to rise in the short term and are willing to pay the premium (discounts do also happen at times of dividend and bearishness in the stocks).
Market Makers: True Arbitrage

Arbitrage is being done mostly by market makers because when the difference do appear, the window of opportunity lasts for only a short time (i.e. seconds or minutes). That’s why they tend to be executed primarily by market makers who can spot these rare opportunities quickly and do the transaction in seconds. Market makers have several advantages over retail traders: • Far more trading capital • Generally more skill • Up-to-the-second news • Faster computers


• More complex software • Access to the dealing desk • And more Combined, these factors make it nearly impossible for a retail trader to take advantage of pure arbitrage opportunities. Market makers use complex software that is run on top-of-the-line computers to locate such opportunities constantly. Once found, the differential is typically negligible, and requires a vast amount of capital in order to profit. The retail traders would likely get burned by commission costs. Needless to say, it is almost impossible for retail traders to compete in the risk-free genre of arbitrage.

Benefits of Arbitrage
1. Risk free investment The arbitrage is virtually a risk- free product, completely hedged at all times and hardly impacted by the volatility in the markets. The risk is virtually zero as the arbitrageur enters into two or more transactions of identical or equivalent instruments in two or more markets at the same time. 2. Higher returns The arbitrage product is a better alternative to the investors who have invested funds in bank fixed deposits, bonds and liquid/ debt funds. In arbitrage products, one should expect a taxable return of 15-18% per annum (10-12% tax free) as compared to fixed-income schemes taxable return of 7-8% per annum. 3. Greater flexibility These products not only provide better returns but also greater flexibility in respect of lock in period. If returns dip the investor can take his funds back within

15-30 days, whereas in Fixed deposits and bonds, lock in period is 5-7 years. In liquid/ bond funds charges exit loads, which make them unattractive in the event investor choose to exit.

4. Security Dealing in arbitrage products is same as shares. It is like a share broking account where at the end of the day, the investor gets the contract note and bill from the broker mentioning trades done on his/ her behalf. The investor on a daily basis can track that how his fund is utilized.

The following are the most commonly used tools are implemented by the brokerage houses & individual investors to predict the commodity futures market in order to be in a safe position during the trade. Alpha-Beta Trend Channel The Alpha-Beta Trend Channel study uses the standard deviation of price variation to establish two trend lines, one above and one below the moving average of a price field. This creates a channel (band) where the great majority of price field values will occur. Alpha-Beta Trend analysis is an attempt to avoid some of the false signals associated with crossing moving averages. Three lines are plotted:
• Upper band • Lower band • Trading filter

Together, the upper and lower bands define the uncertainty channel for trade

decisions; the width of the channel varies with volatility. Uses:The most common uses of the Alpha-Beta Trend are to: Generate buy and sell signals. If the trading filter moves from within the bands to below the lower band, this is a signal to buy or enter a long position. If the trading filter moves from within the bands to above the upper band, this is a signal to sell or enter a short position. Determine the trend. If the trading filter lies between the bands, no trend is indicated. An uptrend is when the trading filter is below the lower band. A downtrend is when the trading filter is above the upper band. Bollinger Bands Bollinger Bands plot trading bands above and below a simple moving average. The standard deviation of closing prices for a period equal to the moving average employed is used to determine the band width. This causes the bands to tighten in quiet markets and loosen in volatile markets. The bands can be used to determine overbought and oversold levels, locate reversal areas, project targets for market moves, and determine appropriate stop levels. The bands are used in conjunction with indicators such as RSI, MACD histogram, CCI and Rate of Change. Divergences between Bollinger bands and other indicators show potential action points. As a general guideline, look for buying opportunities when prices are in the lower band, and selling opportunities when the price activity is in the upper band. Candlestick Charts Method of drawing stock (or commodity) charts which originated in Japan. Requires the presence of Open, High, Low and Close price data to be drawn. There are two basic types of candles, the white body and the black body. As with regular bar charts, a vertical line is used to indicate the periods (normally daily)

high to low. When prices close higher than they opened a white rectangle is drawn on top of the high-low line. This rectangle originates at the opening price level and extends up towards the closing price. A down day is drawn in black. The combination of several candles results in patterns (with names like "two crows" or "bullish engulfing pattern") which give insight into future price activity. For other Japanese charting approaches also see Renko and Kagi charts. Commodity Channel Index (CCI) The CCI is a timing system that is best applied to commodity contracts which have cyclical or seasonal tendencies. CCI does not determine the length of cycles it is designed to detect when such cycles begin and end through the use of a statistical analysis which incorporates a moving average and a divisor reflecting both the possible and actual trading ranges. Although developed primarily for commodities, the CCI could conceivably be used to analyze stocks as well. Formula: CCI=(M-MAVG)/(0.015xDAVG) M=1/3 (H+L+C) H=Highest price for a period L=Lowest price for a period C=Closing price for a period MAVG=N-period simple moving average of M DAVG= 1/n x SUMi=1 to n (ABS(MI-MAVG)) Commodity Selection Index The Commodity Selection Index is related to the Directional Movement Index. Whereas the ADXR plot of the DMI is used to rate contracts from the longer term, trend-following point of view, the CSI is used to rate items in the more volatile short term. The Commodity Selection Index takes into account the ADXR from the Directional Movement Index, the Average True Range, the value of a one cent move as well as margin and commission requirements. The higher the CSI rating, the more attractive an item is for trading.


Head & Shoulder Pattern Also can be inverted. A reversal pattern that is one of the more common and reliable patterns. It is comprised of a rally which ends a fairly extensive advance. It is followed by a reaction on less volume. This is the left shoulder. The head is comprised of a rally up on high volume exceeding the price of the previous rally. And the head is comprised of a reaction down to the previous bottom on light volume. The right shoulder is comprised of a rally up which fails to exceed the height of the head. It is then followed by a reaction down. this last reaction down should break a horizontal line drawn along the bottoms of the previous lows from the left shoulder and head. This is the point in which the major decline begins. The major difference between a head and shoulder top and bottom is that the bottom should have a large burst of activity on the breakout. MACD (Moving Average Convergence/Divergence) The MACD is used to determine overbought or oversold conditions in the market. Written for stocks and stock indices, MACD can be used for commodities as well. The MACD line is the difference between the long and short exponential moving averages of the chosen item. The signal line is an exponential moving average of the MACD line. Signals are generated by the relationship of the two lines. As with RSI and Stochastics, divergences between the MACD and prices may indicate an upcoming trend reversal. Moving Averages The moving average is probably the best known, and most versatile, indicator in the analysts tool chest. It can be used with the price of your choice (highs, closes or whatever) and can also be applied to other indicators, helping to smooth out volatility. As the name implies, the Moving Average is the average of a given amount of data. For example, a 14 day average of closing prices is calculated by

adding the last 14 closes and dividing by 14. The result is noted on a chart. The next day the same calculations are performed with the new result being connected (using a solid or dotted line) to yesterday’s. And so forth. Variations of the basic Moving Average are the Weighted and Exponential moving averages.

Parabolic (SAR) The Parabolic is a Time/Price system for the automatic setting of stops. The stop is both a function of price and of time. The system allows a few days for market reaction after a trade is initiated after which stops begin to move in more rapid incremental daily amounts in the direction the trade was initiated. For example, when a long position is taken the stop will move up regardless of price direction. However, the distance that the stop moves up is determined by the favorable distance the price has moved. If the price fails to move favorably within a certain period of time, the stop reverses the position and begins a new time period. Price Patterns Price Patterns are formations which appear on commodity and stock charts which have shown to have a certain degree of predictive value. Some of the most common patterns include: Head & Shoulders (bearish), Inverse Head & Shoulders (bullish), Double Top (bearish), Double Bottom (bullish), Triangles, Flags and Pennants (can be bullish or bearish depending on the prevailing trend). RSI - Relative Strength Index This indicator was developed by Welles Wilder Jr. Relative Strength is often used to identify price tops and bottoms by keying on specific levels (usually "30" and


"70") on the RSI chart which is scaled from from 0-100. The study is also useful to detect the following: Movement which might not be as readily apparent on the bar chart Failure swings above 70 or below 30 which can warn of coming reversals Support and resistance levels Divergence between the RSI and price which is often a useful reversal indicator The Relative Strength Index requires a certain amount of lead-up time in order to operate successfully.The formula for calculating the RSI is: rsi=100-(100/1-rs) rs= average of x day’s up closes divided by average of x day’s down closes Stochastic The Stochastic Indicator is based on the observation that as prices increase, closing prices tend to accumulate ever closer to the highs for the period. Conversely, as prices decrease, closing prices tend to accumulate ever closer to the lows for the period. Trading decisions are made with respect to divergence between % of "D" (one of the two lines generated by the study) and the item's price. For example, when a commodity or stock makes a high, reacts, and subsequently moves to a higher high while corresponding peaks on the % of "D" line make a high and then a lower high, a bearish divergence is indicated. When a commodity or stock has established a new low, reacts, and moves to a lower low while the corresponding low points on the % of "D" line make a low and then a higher low, a bullish divergence is indicated. Traders act upon this divergence when the other line generated by the study (K) crosses on the right-hand side of


the peak of the % of "D" line in the case of a top, or on the right-hand side of the low point of the % of "D" line in the case of a bottom. Two variations of the Stochastic Indicator are in use: Regular and Slow. When the Regular plot of the Stochastic too choppy, the "Slow" version can often clarify the results by reducing the sensitivity of the calculations. The formula is: Note: 5 Days is the most commonly used value for %K %K=100 {(C-L5)/(H5-L5)} The %D line is a 3 day smoothed version of the %K line %D=100(H3/L3) where H3 is the 3 day sum of (C-L5) and L3 is the 3 day sum of (H5-L5) Volatility This analysis is based on the idea that stocks bottom from "panic" selling, after which a rebound is imminent. One way of measuring this phenomenon is to observe a widening range between high and low prices each day. In general a progressively wider range, observed over a relatively short period of time, can indicate that a bottom is near. Price tops are generally reached at a more leisurely pace and can be characterized by a narrowing of the price range. This measure of the trading range takes place over a specified period in order to determine whether or not an issue is being "dumped" and is approaching a bottom. A pre-requisite to a valid bottom is an increase in the volatility line above the reference line. In a similar manner, an indication of an imminent top would be a decrease in the volatility line below the reference line. As long as volatility is rising, in all probability a stock will not approach a top. It should be noted that this study should be used in conjunction with trend following analyses and momentum oscillators for confirmation and accuracy.


There are many more statistical tools which are applied but during my project I found these few tools which are mostly used during day trading.

CONCLUSION Commodity Trading is finding favour with Indian investors and is been seen as a separate asset class with good growth opportunities. For diversification of portfolio beyond shares, fixed deposits and mutual funds, commodity trading offers a good option for long-term investors and arbitrageurs and speculators. And, now, with daily global volumes in commodity trading touching three times that of equities, trading in commodities cannot be ignored by Indian investors. Online commodity exchanges need to revamp certain laws governing futures in commodities to make the markets more attractive. As a matter of fact, derivative instruments, such as futures, can help India become a global trading hub for select commodities. Commodity trading in India is poised for a big take-off in India on the back of factors like global economic recovery and increasing demand from China for commodities. Considering the huge volatility witnessed in the equity markets recently with the Sensex touching 21000 level commodities could add the required zing to investors' portfolio. Therefore, it won't be long before the market sees the emergence of a completely redefined set of retail investors.