Morgan Stanley keen to start proprietary trading in India

Dec 25 2013, 16:40 IST
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The FIPB permission was for broking, which is trading on behalf of clients. (AP) The FIPB permission was for broking, which is trading on behalf of clients. (AP)
SummaryThe FIPB permission was for broking, which is trading on behalf of clients.

fixed income sales and portfolio management.

However, it was not clear from the permission granted whether Morgan Stanley could undertake proprietary trading, which envisages trading on own account. The FIPB permission was for broking, which is trading on behalf of clients.

In the absence of a clarification from the FIPB, Morgan Stanley has approached RBI for specific permission to trade on proprietary account. RBI, however, has asked Morgan Stanley to seek advice from the Finance Ministry.

The ministry on its part has asked Morgan Stanley to discuss the matter again with the central bank.

As there is no clarity on FDI in proprietary trading, sources said, RBI has written to the Department of Economic Affairs in the Finance Ministry seeking its views on the matter.

In its application Morgan Stanley wants to know whether it could undertake proprietary trading, which is permitted to all Sebi registered stock brokers in India, whether or not owned by an offshore company.

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