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The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Thursday gave its nod to the convergence of both equities and commodity-backed stocks on exchanges from October, 2018. According to Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi, the move will allow major players like BSE, NSE and Multi-Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) to list both equities and commodity-backed financial instruments on their platforms. Tyagi said the convergence will be effective from October, 2018 and will help in cross-listing and provide investors with access to various asset classes.
Other decisions taken at the meet are:* Credit rating agencies need to have governance structure * Minimum net worth for a credit rating agency enhanced to Rs 25 crore from Rs 5 crore * Cross-holding in credit rating agencies, mutual funds to be capped at 10% to tackle conflict of interest * Norms mandating loan default disclosures by listed companies deferred for further discussion * Security receipts issued by Asset Reconstruction Companies to be allowed to get listed and traded on stock exchanges * Sponsor of one mutual fund cannot have significant shareholding in another fund house * Access norms, KYC rules to be simplified for foreign portfolio investors coming to Indian markets * Firms to face action for WhatsApp leak of financial details as it's clear leakage happened from companies; to amend rules if required