Attracted by wealth-creation opportunities, many retail investors are interested in the stock market. If you want to trade, a demat and trading account is a bare minimum necessity. Still, there is some confusion in the minds of first-time investors about trading account. What does a trading account do? What is the difference between a trading account and demat account? Questions like these pop up in their minds. Here is an article that will help clear your trading account related queries. For simplicity, we have broken down the piece into 8 sections answering a key question about trading account.
A trading account to a stock investor is what a bank account is to a FD investor.
A trading account is a common platform to sell or buy securities.
A trading account is usually provided by a stockbroker such as Trade OK.
Do note that investors are allowed to have multiple trading accounts. If you have multiple trading strategies like margin trading, long-term investing etc., you are free to hold multiple trading accounts.
Securities/shares are purchased through a trading account. They are held by opening a demat account. The payments for buying a share done through the linked bank account.
So, a trading account is important and comes with a demat account. Do note that a trading account must be linked to the bank account for smooth operation. The bank account provides the necessary cash to buy/sell shares.
Go to a stock broker and ask them about opening an account. For instance, Trade OK ’s demat and trading account opening is extremely simple. As a registered stock broking firm with stock exchanges, Trade OK offers various types of trading accounts to cater to your trading appetite.
Here is a 6-step process to Open Trading Account in our country.
There are a few points you must remember before you choose a specific trading account offer.
Just like a demat account application, the process for a trading account is easy and simple. When you apply for a demat account and trading account, the requirements are the same. You do not need to apply separately for a trading account.
Do remember that after the necessary documentation is submitted, verification will follow.
The stockbroker will provide trading details. These access details are to be used to take part in market operations. You will have a unique trading ID.
Do ensure that the trading account and demat account are linked.
Yes, you can open online trading account in India. To do this, open a brokerage account online. To get started, you will need to sign the Power of Attorney (PoA) in physical format as per regulatory norms.
You must know that having a trading account and demat account from the same institution helps. For seamless trading experience, this arrangement ensures good speed and efficiency.
Normally, it should take about a week for the verification and processing of the application related documents. Once the verification of documents is complete, a welcome kit containing your trading details is sent. It is safe to assume that you will get your details in 15 days time.
Since the term 'trading account' is always used with 'demat account', many new investors think they are one and the same. The key difference between a demat account and a trading account the purpose. A demat account is used to hold your share certificates and other documents in electronic format. A trading account is used for transactions i.e buying and selling these securities in the stock market.
An equity trading account is sufficient for trading in equities, futures and options.
It is currently not possible to trade in commodities with your existing equity/stock trading account. This means you will need a separate commodity trading account.
Offline trading accounts are the traditional accounts. They do not contain internet trading facility and have to call up your broker or go to broker’s office for trade.
The online accounts offer internet trading. This means you can buy or sell in the comfort of your house, office or even while travelling.
From a cost perspective, an online trading account will usually carry lower brokerage. The 2-in-1 trading account integrates the trading account and demat account.
Discount brokers do not offer any add-on advisory service. They offer plain and simple execution of trades, which is why they offer low brokerage.
The full-service brokers charge a higher brokerage because they offer a host of services. Ultimately, you will have to choose what you want: simple service with no-frills or premium service.
There are numerous benefits of a trading account. For your understanding, we have highlighted below the most relevant benefits.
There are no trading account charges so it is a free trading account in one sense. But when you trade, there are some costs. For instance, the broker will ask for brokerage in equity delivery, equity intraday and equity futures & options trades. There is STT (shares)/CTT (commodities). Also, there are transactions charges imposed by the stock exchange - NSE and BSE. Plus, there are nominal stamp charges. Do note that there is 18% GST on brokerage and transaction charges.