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 FAQ - Trading:

1. What are the trading sessions and trading period of MCX?

The Exchange operates on all days except, Sundays and Exchange specified holidays. The Exchange notifies a list of holidays for each calendar year in advance. To see the latest information, please visit www.mcxindia.com/faqs/pdf/FAQsTrading.pdf.


Days Time Commodities Traded
Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm All commodities launched by MCX
Monday to Friday 5.00pm to 11. 55pm (Winter)
5.00pm to 11.30pm (Summer)
All commodities except agri commodities and Sponge Iron
Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm All commodities launched by MCX

2. What are the trading hours in NCDEX?

The trade timings of the Exchange from Mondays through Fridays is 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. On Saturdays it is 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. The Exchange may vary the above timings with due notice. To see the latest information, please visit www.ncdex.com/Knowledge/faqs.aspx.

3. Who are the participants in commodity market?

  • Hedgers
  • Speculators
  • Arbitragers

4. What are three components for market transactions?

  • Trading
  • Clearing
  • Settlement

5. What are different types of margin?

Please read our website links MCX Margin Examples and NCDEX Margin Examples to get more information.


Initial Margin:

The amount that's needed initially to buy or sell a contract. Margin is meant to cover the largest potential loss in one day.

Maintenance Margin:

Whenever we are in loss, the initial margin paid by us should be always greater than initial margin. If Initial margin becomes lesser than maintenance margin, you will be requested to deposit funds to bring it to the initial margin level as soon as possible.

Additional Margin:

If the market is volatile, then you may be requested to pay additional margin.

Mark to Market Margin (MTM):

At the end of trading day, the initial margin is adjusted based on the profit or loss in that day. If you have good profits, then you can withdraw your money (which is greater than initial margin) as and when needed. If you are in loss and if initial margin is lesser than maintenance margin, then you have to send funds as quick as possible.

6. What is exposure?

Some times you may not have 100% initial margin to trade. Let us assume that you have 90% of the margin amount. If you have good rapport with your broker, then they will provide exposure to your balance amount and trade on that contract.





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