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Demat Account & How to Use it?

  • Feb 22, 2024

Holding shares and securities in an electronic (dematerialized) format is done via a Demat account. Additionally, a portfolio of bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and other comparable stock market assets can be assembled using these accounts.

Benefits of Using a Demat Account

  • Safe and Secure: A demat allocation eliminates the risk of theft, damage, or loss of physical share certificates, as everything is stored in electronic form.
  • Easy Access: With an online trading platform, you can access your demat account anytime, anywhere and trade securities at your convenience.
  • Cost-Effective: Trading through a Demat account is cost-effective as it eliminates the need for physical paperwork, stamp duty charges, and other related expenses.
  • Quick Settlement: With a demat account, you can settle trades quickly, as all your holdings are updated in real-time.
  • Single Account for All Investments: A demat account allows you to hold all types of securities in one place, making it easy to manage and monitor your entire investment portfolio.

How to Open a Demat Account?

Today, opening a demat account is very easy as all the depository participants offer online services.  So, let’s discuss the steps: -

Step 1: Choose a DP.

In order to open a demat account, first, one has to choose a Depository Participant through whom the demat account must be opened. Many DPs now also give you a free online demat account. Therefore, see whether there are some promotions available. Compare the Depository fees and the services of the demat accounts that different DPs provide and prefer the one that meets your needs.

Step 2: Present your documents.

After you select your DP, fill out the dematerialization account opening form and submit it. Along with the form, you will have to provide copies of the necessary documents. KYC documents, i.e. identity proofs such as PAN cards, Aadhar cards, and passports, address proofs such as passport or Aadhar cards, and passport-size photographs.

Step 3: BIP Portal In-person Verification

Once you’ve applied, an In-Person Verification (IPV) will be conducted by the DP by sending staff to check out the truth of your details physically. This is one of the stages that the government has to go through while opening a demat account.

Step 4: Know the specifics of your Demat account.

Once your application is approved, the DP will offer you all the details of your demat account. Such details include your demat account number, your client ID and a temporary password or a link to set your password. You can use these details for your login.

How to Operate a Demat Account?

These days, how to use a Demat account is quite a simple process. Below are the steps you must follow to operate a demat account.

1.    Activating Your Demat Account

It's time to activate your demat account after you have your account details. Using the customer ID and password that your brokerage firm sent, you can log in to your Demat account. After that, you can securely hold stocks and other financial products in your demat account, which you can access with these credentials.

2.    Linking Your Demat Account with a Trading Account

To actively trade stocks in the market, you'll also need a trading account. Your demat account needs to be linked to your trading account, which, in turn, should be connected to your bank account. This linkage allows for seamless transactions between buying and selling stocks.

3.    Transferring Shares to Your Demat Account

Trades appear in your demat account after two trading days (T 2) after you execute them and the stock exchange confirms them. Here, the trading day is denoted by T, and the two days following the trading day are indicated by T 2. You may be sure that your demat account appropriately reflects your stock holdings thanks to this method.

4.    Executing a Power of Attorney for Your Demat Account

Alternatively, the account holder can give power of attorney (POA) to their broker, letting them control the account on behalf of the client. A broker can issue debit/credit instructions linked to your demat account through a POA. It is important to study well the conditions and clauses of the demat agreement prior to concluding a POA, understanding the terms of the duties required.

The Bottom Line

For anyone wishing to invest in securities, a Demat account is a necessary tool. It offers a convenient and economical means of trading in addition to a safe and secure way to store your investments. Opening and utilizing a Demat account is now simpler than ever, thanks to technological advancements. So why hold off? To begin your journey towards hassle-free trading, open a demat account right now.

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