Prateek Jain, Director at Hem Securities
"Off late SEBI has introduced several measures to curb speculation in the derivative markets, which we believe is in the right direction. Derivatives are key financial instruments in modern markets and no one should be discouraged to participate. However, placing curbs will lead to investors exiting the market or shifting to other parallel markets.
If F&Os are settled by physical delivery unlike prevalent practice of settlement by cash difference, more than half of the F&O volumes will just disappear in no time, but would push the growth of cash market which is equally important. Delivery volumes as percentage of traded volumes in cash market are miniscule. This clearly indicates that no long-term or medium term interest is there from large investor community and majority of players are only looking at trading gains from the market which is not a healthy scenario as the rise on account of trading volumes is also speculative barring fundamental. At times its strange to see large institutional activity in F&O volumes. Their recurring options writing or buying is really intriguing. They should be taking long bets in the cash market rather than constantly writing and squaring up in F&O."