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What is a Demat Account and how to open it

Posted by : Vinay Pale on | Jan 31,2022

A Demat Account or Dematerialised Account offers the power of keeping stocks and securities in a digital format. During online trading, stocks are sold and held in a Demat Account, thus, facilitating a smooth trade for the users. A Demat Account holds all of the investments a person makes in stocks, authorities securities, exchange-traded price range, bonds, and mutual price range in a single place.


Demat enabled the digitization method of the Indian inventory buying and selling marketplace and enforced higher governance via SEBI. In addition, the Demat account decreased the dangers of storing, theft, damage, and malpractices via a way of storing securities in digital format. It was first bought in 1996 through NSE. Initially, the account commencing method became manual, and it took traders numerous days to get it activated. Today, you may open a Demat account online in just 5 mins.


Functions of Demat account


Now, as we understand what Demat account is, let us understand its functions. All your stocks and investments, particularly securities, bonds, mutual funds, authorities securities, ETFs, are held both in digital or Demat form to your Demat account. Therefore, it is vital to recognize the system and bodies concerned with operating such an account. Below are the primary features of a Demat account:


       Depository: Presently, depositories are registered with SEBI (i) CDSL – Central Depository of Securities Ltd. (ii) NSDL – National Depository of Securities Ltd. These depositories keep your Demat account on your behalf. The work is much like that of a financial institution.

       Depository Participant(s)(DP): is an agent of the depository via which it interfaces with the investor. Financial institutions, scheduled industrial banks, overseas banks having operations in India permitted through RBI – Reserve financial institution of India, stockbrokers, clearing organizations or houses, country economic organizations, NBFCs, proportion switch agent, etc., complying with the situations proposed through SEBI may be registered as a DP. Banking offerings may be availed thru a branch; however, depository offerings may be availed through a DP.

       Portfolio Holding: the Demat account allows you to view your portfolio holdings of investments each time a transaction is undertaken. Since it's an automatic method, each buy and sale is recorded with the minutest information of price, date of buy or date of buy, amount, etc.

       Unique ID: every single Demat account has a unique verification identification number. This is used at some point of transactions to resource the groups to discover and credit score the securities withinside the particular investor's account. It is a unique sixteen-digit number, the primary 8 digits are the DP id, and the remaining eight are the Client Id ( investor account).




However, establishing a Demat account comes with its honest proportion of prices which might contain an annual protection price, a transaction price, or fee for each transaction completed with the aid of using the Depository Participant. Additionally, relying on the Depository Participant, a price can be charged for dematerializing the shares. But on the brighter side, there aren't any mandates to preserve a minimum balance. Therefore, such bills may be opened without maintaining any securities.