Amid volatility in gold prices, the commodity market regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) has raised the initial margin on gold futures to 5 per cent of the value of contract from 4 per cent, on all the exchanges in the country.
The increased rate of margin will be effective from September 2.
"... the Exchanges are directed to impose initial margin on gold contracts (all gold contracts) at the rate of 5 per cent of the value of the contract," FMC said in a directive.
In view of the current price volatility, the Commission has also decided to impose additional margin of 5 per cent on all the Gold, Silver, Brent Crude Oil, Crude Oil and Natural Gas contracts traded on the National Exchanges till further orders.
However, gold prices fell by 0.57 per cent, to Rs 33,438 per 10 grams in futures market in early trade today as speculators indulged in trimming positions.
At the Multi Commodity Exchange, gold for delivery in far-month December declined by Rs 193, or 0.57 per cent, to Rs 33,438 per 10 grams in business turnover of 12 lots.
Similarly, the yellow metal for delivery in October lost Rs 174, or 0.52 per cent, to Rs 33,476 per 10 grams in 305 lots.
Forward Markets Commission raises margins on gold futures
(Reuters) India, the world's biggest buyer of gold, raised the initial margin on Gold futures to 5 per cent from 4 per cent for domestic traders effective Monday, the market regulator said on Friday.
The Forward Markets Commission's (FMC) move comes after gold prices rose 18 per cent to reach a record high earlier this week.
The FMC, which regulates the commodity futures market in India, also imposed an additional 5 percent margin on gold, silver and crude oil futures contracts from Monday.
The Multi Commodity Exchange, where most gold futures trading takes place in India, records a daily volume of 28.8 tonnes on an average.