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MCX suffers sharp plunge in turnover amid bullion trade losing sheen

India’s top commodity derivatives exchange MCX has seen its average daily turnover plunging sharply amid declining trade in bullion trading even as some of its rivals appear to be steadily making inroads in a market once seen as a virtual monopoly.

MCX suffers sharp plunge in turnover amid bullion trade losing sheen
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MCX suffers sharp plunge in turnover amid bullion trade losing sheen

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New Delhi: India's top commodity derivatives exchange MCX has seen its average daily turnover plunging sharply amid declining trade in bullion trading even as some of its rivals appear to be steadily making inroads in a market once seen as a virtual monopoly.

The month-wise average daily turnover of MCX (Multi Commodity Exchange) fell to nearly Rs 24,000 crore in August this year from more than Rs 43,262 crore in August 2020, the exchange data shows. Except for the month of May, the average daily turnover of the bourse has been below Rs 30,000 crore in each of the months so far in the current fiscal.

On the other hand, the BSE has maintained an average daily turnover of over Rs 3,000 crore for commodity derivatives every month this fiscal, though it has also seen the figure decline from Rs 3,420 crore in August 2020 to Rs 3,132 crore in August this year. While BSE is among the newest rivals for MCX in commodity trading, the older competitor NCDEX has seen its average daily turnover rising sharply to Rs 2,444 crore in August 2021, from Rs 1,139 crore in the same month last year. According to the market regulator Sebi's latest monthly bulletin, MCX had the highest market share of 84.6 per cent in the total turnover in the commodity derivatives segment in June, followed by BSE (9.5 per cent) and NCDEX (5.7 per cent).

At the end of fiscal year 2020-21, MCX had a market share of 89.6 per cent, while it was much higher at 94.2 per cent in 2019-20. BSE's market share has gone up from 6.6 per cent at the end of 2020-21, while that of NCDEX has also increased from 3.5 per cent at that time. Some experts also pointed out that the declining turnover at MCX has coincided with some top-level exits at the exchange and said that after Manav Jain quit as its Chief Technology Officer, another senior management personnel from the technology side has left. The bourse also saw a significant exit from its board recently. The most significant decline has been in the trading volumes of bullion, in which MCX has been a global leader.

The average daily turnover in gold has fallen to nearly one-third of the year-ago levels at Rs 4,186 crore, while silver volumes have also declined sharply. The average daily volumes in base metals are also down, as per the exchange data. Net profit of the exchange declined by 29 per cent to Rs 39.8 crore in the first quarter of this fiscal, while total income fell by 11 per cent to Rs 108.94 crore for the period ended June 30.

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