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Asia Index Private Limited launches S&P BSE Arbitrage Rate Index


Mumbai, April 02, 2018 – Asia Index Private Limited, a joint venture between S&P Dow Jones Indices and BSE Ltd today announced the launch of S&P BSE Arbitrage Rate Index. The index is designed to measure a 100% long index weight in the S&P BSE SENSEX Total Return Index and a 100% short index weight in the S&P BSE SENSEX Futures Excess Return Index.

Alka Banerjee, CEO, Asia Index Pvt. Ltd said: “We are happy to announce the launch of the S&P BSE Arbitrage Rate Index which equally weights the long position in the S&P BSE SENSEX Index and equivalent short positions S&P BSE SENSEX index futures contracts.  The index provides market participants with a transparent benchmark to compare the performance of similar arbitrage strategies.

The index is rebalanced monthly, effective after the close one business day prior to the expiration of the futures contract. The near-month futures contract expires on the last Thursday of each month. At each rebalancing, the weights of the underlying indices are reset to the weights above.

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Asia Index Pvt. Ltd is a 50-50 partnership between S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, the world’s largest provider of financial market indices, and BSE Ltd, Asia’s oldest stock exchange and home to the iconic SENSEX index a leading indicator of Indian equity market performance. Asia Index Pvt. Ltd, which combines the benchmarks, market intelligence, and insights of both parent companies, each established more than 115 years ago, aims to provide a full array of indices enabling global and domestic investors to participate in South Asia’s vibrant economies. The Company is best known for calculating, publishing, and maintaining a diverse family of Asian indices under the umbrella brand, S&P BSE Indices.

About BSE Ltd

BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) established in 1875, is Asia’s first & now the world’s fastest Stock Exchange with a speed of 6 microseconds. BSE is India’s leading exchange group and has played a prominent role in developing the Indian capital market. BSE is a corporatized and demutualised entity, with a broad shareholder base that includes the leading global exchange- Deutsche Bourse, as a strategic partner. BSE provides an efficient and transparent market for trading in equity, debt instruments, equity derivatives, currency derivatives, interest rate derivatives, mutual funds and stock lending and borrowing. BSE also has a dedicated platform for trading in equities of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that has been highly successful. BSE provides a host of other services to capital market participants including risk management, clearing, settlement, market data services and education. It has a global reach with customers around the world and a nation-wide presence. BSE’s systems and processes are designed to safeguard market integrity, drive the growth of the Indian capital market and stimulate innovation and competition across all market segments. Indian Clearing Corporation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of BSE, acts as the central counterparty to all trades executed on the BSE trading platform and provides full novation, guaranteeing the settlement of all bonafide trades executed. BSE Institute Ltd, another fully owned subsidiary of BSE runs one of the most respected capital market educational institutes in the country. Central Depository Services Ltd. (CDSL), a subsidiary of BSE, is one of the two Depositories in India. 


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