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Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Category: Zerodha's Credibility as Stock Broker in India

  1. Total number of customer Zerodha has and at what speed its customer base is growing?

    Zerodha is among the fastest growing stock broker in India. Zerodha started its operations as discount broker on 15th Aug 2010.

    As of July 2012, company has approximate 15,000 active customers and growing at around 10% every month. This is a significant growth for a new broker in highly competitive brokerage market. For a company which doesn't have any branch, except its Bangalore office, this kind of growth is phenomenon.

    The growth of the company was contributed by the easy referral model it offers to the customers. Satisfied customers; who saved good amount of money in brokerage fees, referred their friends and family members and played a key role in the growth of Zerodha.

  2. How is Zerodha broker? How safe they are? Are they genuine and reliable?

    Zerodha is a discount broker offering fixed price brokerage of Rs 20 per trade. Zerodha is first discount broker in India who launched the cheapest flat rate brokerage in Aug 2010.

    Zerodha is as credible and safe as any other broker in India. They are registered with SEBI, BSE, NSE, MCX etc and regularly audited by them.

    Zerodha's Membership Information:
    1. Zerodha NSE Member ID:
      • Capital Market (CM) - INB231390627
      • Future & Options (F&O) - INF231390627
      • Currency Derivatives (CDS) - INE231390627
    2. Zerodha BSE Member ID:
      • Capital Market (CM) - INB011390623
      • Future & Options (F&O) - INF011390623
    3. CDSL: IN-DP-CDSL-00278209
    4. NSDL: IN-DP-NSDL-11496000
    • Zerodha NSE Registration Date: Jun 30, 2010
    • Zerodha BSE Registration Date: May 17, 2012

    Zerodha is a reliable and genuine broker. They are game changer in India stock broker industry.

    Also note that Zerodha provides demat account though IL&FS DP Services. ILFS Securities Services Ltd is a well known and respected financial firm in India.

  3. Is Zerodha registered with SEBI?

    Yes, Zerodha is authorized by SEBI. Zerodha is a registered broker with BSE, NSE and MCX and governed by SEBI like any other broker in India i.e. ICICI Securities, Reliance Securities etc.

    You can find this information on SEBI website at http://www.sebi.gov.in/pmd_mb.jsp?PmdIndxName=Z&listCode=E

  4. Who are Zerodha's competitors in India Stock Market?

    Zerodha is a discount broker providing Fixed Price brokerage services without any monthly fees or additional charges like software uses charge.

    There are other discount brokers who work on different model including fixes monthly rent for trading with them. For example R K Global has a plan with Monthly Membership Fees Rs 999 (+ 100 software uses charge) and provides unlimited trading in NSE Capital Market Segment. The problem with this model is; you have to pay the rent irrespective to you use it or not. Also for each segment you have to buy separate plan.

    Ventura, R K Global and Unicon provide retail plans for a fixed price monthly rental.

  5. How Zerodha is popular in trading market?

    Zerodha is fastest growing discount broker in India. It has grown from 0 to 10,000 accounts in less than a year without any advertisements. There growth is all because of word-of-mouth publicity by their satisfied customers. This clearly shows how popular they are.

  6. Does Zerodha trades on BSE as well?

    Zerodha has got approval from BSE as a trading member on May 17, 2012. Zerodha is planning to start allowing its investors trading on BSE in September 2012.

  7. How much is Zerodha's turnover?

    While the exact numbers are not available, as of Aug 2012, Zerodha is making an average daily turnover of Rs 2000 Crore at NSE.

  8. Category: Questions related to account opening with Zerodha

  9. Can I transfer my existing demat account to Zerodha?

    Zerodha doesn't provide the demat account services. It has a partnership with IL&FS DP to provide demat services to its customers.

    The transactions between Zerodha and IL&FS demat account are seamless and taken care by Zerodha.

    But you are free to use any other demat account including your existing demat account. The only challenge is; when you buy shares, the shares get transferred in to your account by Zerodha but when you sell them, the shares have to be transferred to Zerodha manually by you. This could be a cumbersome process. That's why it is recommended to open a demat account also with Zerodha along with the broker trading account.

  10. How to link Zerodha trading account with Indiabulls demat account?

    If you already have a demat account with Indiabulls or any other DP, this account can be linked to Zerodha trading account. When opening the trading account, please explain the situation and the representative will help you with this.

    Please note that there are few challenges in using DP accounts other then IL&FS DP, which is opened though Zerodha. On sell transactions, you will have to transfer the shares manually from your demat account to Zerodha, as Zerodha doesn't not have access to your demat account with Indiabulls or any other DP.

  11. How many days does it take to open account with Zerodha?

  12. Contact Zerodha to get more information or account related enquiry.

    Category: Zerodha Charges related questions

  13. What are the charges for opening trading and demat account with Zerodha?

    • Zerodha Trading Account Opening Charges (One Time): Rs 300
    • Zerodha Demat Account Opening Charges (One Time): Rs 300
    • Zerodha Trading Account Annual Maintenance Charges (AMC): NIL
    • Zerodha Demat Account Annual Maintenance Charges (AMC): Rs 400 Per Year
  14. How much does Zerodha charges for Stamp Duty?

    Stamp duty is charged under schedule 1 to the Indian stamp act for contracts shared with customer in any format including paper or electronic. The amount charged various by state from where the broker operates.

    Zerodha charges .01% or Rs. 50 per contract note whichever is lower in all states except for clients whose permanent address is in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

    Separate contract notes are sent for different truncation type i.e. one contract note for Equity (delivery+intraday), another contract note for Futures & Options and another for Commodities. Thus separate stamp duty is payable for each segment.

    Please contact Zerodha for latest updated on stampduty charges.

  15. STT charges in Zerodha for delivery trade?

    Securities Transaction Tax (STT) is the tax paid when buying or selling of securities in India. The STT is various by the transaction type i.e. for delivery based trading its charged at 0.1% on both Buy & Sell and for Intraday equity trading its charged at 0.025% only on the Sell Side.

    • STT on Equity Delivery Trading - 0.1% on both Buy and Sell
    • STT on Equity Intraday Trading - 0.025% on the Sell Side Only
    • STT on Equity Futures Trading - 0.01% on Sell Side
    • STT on Equity Options Trading - 0.017% on Sell Side (on Premium)
    • STT on Currency Futures Trading - No STT Charges
    • STT on Currency Options Trading - No STT Charges
    • STT on Commodity Trading - 0.01% on Sell Side (Non-Agri)
  16. How much brokerage I have to pay when I trade multiple lots with Zerodha?

    Zerodha charges maximum Rs 20 per executed order in all segments (i.e. Capital Market, Derivatives Market and Currency Derivatives segments). It means it doesn't matter how many lots you trade in an order, the brokerage still remains at maximum Rs 20 per trade.

      For example:
    • If you trade 1 lot of Nifty options; you pay brokerage of Rs 20 to buy and Rs 20 to sell.
    • If you trade 10 lots of Nifty options in single order; you still pay total Rs 20 to buy and Rs 20 to sell.
  17. What is the point to breakeven with Zerodha?

    Point of breakeven (breakeven point or BEP) in share trading is the price at which the net gains or net losses are almost 0 (after paying the brokerage and taxes for both the buy and sell transactions and adding other expenses). Or in other way, when the Net Profit or Net Losses reaches close to zero, the price difference is the breakeven point for the transaction.

    For Example:

    While doing Intraday Trading with Zerodha if you:

    • Buy: 1000 Shares at Rs 100
    • Sell: 1000 Shares at Rs 100.26
    • Net Profit (after paying brokerages & taxes to Zerodha) = Rs 3.83, which is nearest to Rs 0 net profit.
    • Point to breakeven or BEP = Rs 0.26

    If you sell the share at any price above Rs 100.26, you will make profit from this deal.

    As Zerodha brokerage charges are cheapest in industry, the breakeven point with Zerodha is lowest too.

    BEP for NIFTY Future:

    Number of LotsPoints to Breakeven
    1 lot2.50
    2 lot2.10
    3 lot1.97
    4 lot1.90
    5 lot1.86
    6 lot1.83
    7 lot1.81
    8 lot1.80
    9 lot1.79
    10 lot1.78
    11 lot1.77
    12 lot1.77
    13 lot1.76
    14 lot1.76
    15 lot1.75
    Above 15 lot1.70

    Note: Breakeven calculation generally doesn't include stamp duty charges by the broker.

  18. How much are Zerodha's DP Charges?

    Zerodha provides DP services though ILFS Securities Services Ltd. The charges of their services are provided in the table below:

    1. Demat Account Opening Charges: Rs 300
    2. Stamp Charges payable upfront (at actuals): -
    3. Custody Charges: -
    4. Annual Maintenance Charges (AMC):
      a. Individuals Rs 400 Per Year + Service Tax
      b. Corporates Rs 7000 up front. There would be no AMC charged to the account after that.
    5. Transaction Charges per ISIN:
      a. Buy (Receive): NIL
      b. Sell(Debit): Rs 8 + NSDL charges(Rs 5) flat for every debit transaction
    6. Inter Depository Transfer::
      a. Buy (Receive): NIL
      b. Sell(Debit): Rs 8 + NSDL charges(Rs 5) flat for every debit transaction
    7. Demat (Per certificate): Rs 2 + Rs 35 as courier charges
    8. Remat (Per ISIN): Rs 25 per certificate or 0.5% of the value whichever is higher + Rs 9 (depository charges)
    9. Courier charges per Demat/ Remat request: Rs 35
    10. Pledge per ISIN: 0.02% of the transation charges subject to minimum of Rs 50 + Rs 9 (depository charges)
    11. Unpledge per ISIN: 0.02% of the transation charges subject to minimum of Rs 50 + Rs 9 (depository charges)
    12. Pledge Invocation per ISIN: 0.05% of the transation charges subject to minimum of Rs 50 + Rs 9 (depository charges)
    13. Periodic Statement::
      a. By Email: Free
      b. Physical: Rs 35 (Couier Charges)
    14. Adhoc / Non Periodic Statement Requests::
      a. By Email: -
      b. Physical: Rs 25 per request upto 10 pages. Every additional 5 page at Rs 5 + Rs 35 (Courier Charges)
    15. Delivery Instructions::
      a. First Delivery Instruction Book (10 leaves): -
      b. Every Additional Booklet: -
      c. Transfer through "easiest" (online): -
    16. Late Transaction Fee: -
    17. Cheque Bounce/ Per cheque: Charges will be applied based on charges as determinded by our bank
    18. Failed Transactions: Rs 50 per transaction
    19. Account Closure: -
  19. How much is the minimum amount needed to open trading account with Zerodha?

    Zero. There is no minimum amount needed for opening or maintaining a trading account with Zerodha.

    The brokerages charges are also payable as you trade. There are also no yearly maintenance fees for brokerage account with Zerodha.

    Note that you have to pay Rs 400 per years for Demat account which you open with Zeordha along with your trading account.

  20. How much are Zeordha's software maintenance charges?

    Zerodha doesn't charge anything for software users. Both website based trading and terminal based trading platforms are available for free to all the customers.

    Zerodha also doesn't charge any account maintenance fees. Even if you do not trader from few months, your account is still active.

  21. Category: Zerodha Margin Requirement

  22. How much margin does Zerodha offers in different segments? What are Zerodha's margin requirements?

    Item Equity/Cash Futures Options Currency Commodity
    Margin Benefit 4 - 10 times * 40% of Exchange prescribed margin ** None for buying. For Sell same as Futures **** 100% of Exchange prescribed 50% of Exchange prescribed margin
    Margin Time 9:15 to 3:10 9:15 to 3:00 9:15 to 3:00 9:15 to 4:45 25 minutes before Close
    If Shortage (square off) Positions will be squared off automatically Positions will be squared off by RMS Admin *** Positions will be squared off automatically Positions will be squared off automatically Positions will be squared off automatically
    Margins against Stock 4 - 10 times based on Zerodha's valuation of customer portfolio Margin provided if MTM losses can be brought in on the same day Margin provided if MTM losses can be brought in on the same day Margin provided if MTM losses can be brought in on the same day  

    * Intraday margins for Cash are pre-determined, so you will get 4 - 10 times exposure on your cash. We have an Excel sheet on our website which gives you the list of all stocks for which margins are provided.

    ** Intraday margins for Futures and writing options are 40% of the SPAN + Exposure margin prescribed by the exchange. You can view the SPAN margin report in your back office personal ledger. It's updated every day. Example: if the margin requirement for Nifty is Rs. 25000, at Zerodha you can trade this at only Rs. 10000

    *** All Futures positions will be squared off by our RMS Admin desk starting at 3:00 PM. If you have sufficient funds, your positions won't be squared off. Admin square off entails a Call & Trade charge of Rs. 20,so please square off on your own to avoid these charges.

    Any open position which has a loss of over 80% of the capital will be squared off automatically without margin call. For example, if the exchange prescribed margin for Nifty is Rs. 25000, you should have those funds in your account, failing which your position will be squared off. There will be no margin call from Zerodha.

    Intraday margins are provided (on request) on the holdings in your account if you have sufficient cash for MTM difference.

    **** For buying Options, you have to pay full cash, no margin benefit is provided.

    For selling options, the margin requirement is similar to Futures margins. The margin requirement varies depending on the strike price and expiry date.

    Strike Price of Option Margin Required
    At the Money Same as Futures
    In the Money 30% more than Futures Margin
    Deep in the Money 60% more than Futures Margin
    Out of the Money 20% less than Futures Margin
    Deep out of the Money 30% less than Futures Margin

    The writing/sell price of Options increases based on the expiry date of the option. The near month option will use 20% more margin than the present month option. And similarly, the far month option will use 30% more margin than the present month option.

  23. Category: Miscellaneous Zerodha questions

  24. How much margin does Zerodha offers in cash segments?

    Zerodha gives 4 to 10 times leverage for stocks on which F&O trading is allowed. For most other stocks of NSE Zerodha gives 5 times leverage. All margins are given only for trading Intraday. No margin is given for delivery trades. The client needs to have enough money in his trading account to take delivery of shares failing which Zerodha cuts the positions.

  25. How much margin does Zerodha offer in future segment?

    Zerodha lets traders take positions for Intraday with 40% of the SPAN + Exposure Margins. On days when Zerodha feels the volatility is on the higher side the margins will be raised to 75% of SPAN + Exposure Margins. The sum of SPAN and Exposure margins is required to hold positions overnight.

  26. How much margin does Zerodha offer in options?

    Zerodha doesn't offer any margins for options.

  27. What incase if we did not sell shares with Zerodha in intraday Trading?

    While doing intraday trading you can keep the position open until 3:20 PM. If you are failed to square off your position, the auto square off begin by the system automatically and to settle the transition. An additional charge of Rs 20 is applied on all 'Auto Squared' trades executed by the system after 3:20 PM.

  28. How to get sub broker license from Zerodha?

    Zerodha doesn't offer sub brokership.

  29. Can I do online trading with multiple brokers India?

  30. Yes, you can trade with as many brokers as you want. You can also have multiple demat and trading accounts with different or same broker.

  31. Does Zerodha allow After Market Orders (AMO)?

    Yes, Zerodha does provide an option to place after market orders. Orders can be placed after 6:30 PM to 9:15 AM. Below are few key facts about after-market orders with Zerodha:

    • AMO's can be placed in all the equity market segments as well as commodity trading.
    • After market orders can be place as limit as well as market type orders.
    • Orders placed between 8:45 AM and 9:15 AM can't be modify or cancel.
    • An option is available in Zerodha Trader to place AMO's. You can go to 'Order and Trade' menu and choose 'AMO' option.
  32. Can I do Mobile Trading with Zerodha? How do I download the Zerodha Trader Mobile Application?

    Zerodha provides Mobile Trading facility on almost all smart phones. If you have Android Device, BlackBerry or Nokia phones, you can download the applications from following links and start trading right from your mobile phone.

    https://trade.zerodha.com/download/

  33. I trade only in F&O. Do I still have to open a Demat Account with Zerodha?

    If you trade only in F&O segment, you don't have to open a demat account with Zerodha. Note that the Annual Maintenance Charges (AMC) of Zerodha Brokerage Account is Zero. If you don't have a demat account with Zerodha, you have no AMC.

  34. What is the leverage limit in all segments at Zerodha?

    • Equity Cash - 3 to 20 times
    • Futures - 2.5 to 3.5 times
    • Currencies - 2 times
    • Commodities - 2.5 times

  35. Are there any limitations / monthly targets compulsory while trading with Zerodha?

    No there is no limitation or monthly target.

  36. Is any minimum balance required in trading account?

    No there is no minimum balance required.

  37. Do I need Demat Account for Commodity Trading at Zerodha?

    Demat account is not required if you are trading only in Commodity segment.

  38. Is automatically fund managed for all segments?

    There are separate funds for Equity and Commodity segments.

  39. What is the trading platform at Zerodha?

    Zerodha Trader is the platform Zerodha offers to its client. This is built on 'Omnesys NEST Trader' trading platform.

  40. Does Zerodha offers common trading platform for all segments?

    Yes. Zerodha Trader is the common platform for trading Equity, Currency and Commodity at MCX, NSE and BSE.

  41. Is trailing SL available with Zerodha?

    As of 2nd June 2014; Trailing Stop-Loss is available for nifty futures and Bank Nifty. Zerodha is planning to release Trailing SL for all future contracts which will be available to its customers soon.

 

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22. Shyam  Feb 12, 2017 9:31:29 PM IST Reply
There is an example if I buy 1000 shares at rs 100 and sell it at rs 100.26 so the net profit shows zero how come when I am earning rs 260 and the brokerage is 20 + 20 plus taxes should come around rs 60 or 70
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21. Rajib  Jun 5, 2016 8:36:55 PM IST Reply
Can I apply for IPO in zerodha account.
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20. Karan singh  Mar 28, 2016 8:25:19 PM IST Reply
sir is there any offer of waivinng of rs 100 as i m seen it on chittorgarh site
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19. RK Nair  Jun 16, 2015 11:09:11 PM IST Reply
zerodha soft ware for online trading -is it user friendly?
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18. Gnana Sekaran  Feb 15, 2015 11:36:08 AM IST Reply
I have sent the request for Zerodha hope I can get the cash back offer and discount on account opening charges
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17. Gnana Sekaran  Feb 15, 2015 11:32:28 AM IST Reply
Hello Sir, I want to open Zerodha account, how to get the offer of 20% CASH BACK and TA course
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16. Raghav Behani  Jan 5, 2015 3:18:58 AM IST Reply
i) Open your Zerodha Trading account with us.
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For opening your account through us, just send us an email on raghav(at)dalalstreetbulls(dot)com

Apart from 20% cash back, you get a 6 hour TA course on profitable strategies and how to manage your trading account.
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15. Mohammed Amer  Nov 20, 2014 10:25:09 PM IST Reply
There are many listed agencies who provide services like where brokers call or message regarding the intraday calls, positional calls, long term investing or multibaggers. Does zerodha provides such services? Thank you.
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14. Krishna  Oct 9, 2014 6:05:31 PM IST Reply
How to buy stocks in intraday equity margin trading in zerodha?
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13. udayakumar.S  Jun 3, 2014 6:55:23 PM IST Reply
which is the best way to open account with zerodha priority or standard
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12. sbk  Jan 11, 2014 5:30:52 PM IST Reply
Does ZERODHA provide Equity & Commodity trading through Mobile?
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12.1. sushil garg  Jan 26, 2016 1:47:16 AM IST
Does ZERODHA provide Equity & Commodity trading through Mobile?
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11. Sanam  Sep 28, 2013 12:51:40 PM IST Reply
Do you provide handholding on intraday?
LIke, take a put on 50 or take call on so & so Strike Rate.
We never know exactly, when the market may
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10. pawan  May 15, 2013 8:14:21 PM IST Reply
CAN I TRADE WITH A TABLET
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9. Mithesh  Apr 19, 2013 2:20:59 AM IST Reply
sir, i want to trade by mobile & i downloaded mobile software,my mobile sony xperia p. i don''t know how to login, do you explain me? thank you,
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8. shahjad ahmed ansari  Apr 13, 2013 4:18:50 PM IST Reply
how to zerodha terminal in computer for NFO trading
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7. Sanjiv  Feb 4, 2013 8:03:20 PM IST Reply
Hello Ranjith,

Zerodha doesn''t provide mobile trading for commodity trading at MCX.

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6. Ranjith  Jan 14, 2013 12:25:22 PM IST Reply
Does Zerodha has mobile trading platform for MCX?
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5. MILIND SAWANE  Dec 18, 2012 7:18:59 PM IST Reply
Can i apply for IPO through HDFC/AXIS via ASBA facility and sell the alloted units from Zerodha account ?
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4. Sipan  Oct 25, 2012 9:31:38 PM IST Reply
what is the BEP for nifty OPTION(Call & Put).
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3. G.S.Sanyal  Sep 29, 2012 10:40:44 AM IST Reply
1 have a trading account with zerodha clienID RG0149 When shalli able to transact in BSE cash segment? What is cost of opening & maintenance charges of demat account with ILFS securities?
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2. santosh  Sep 5, 2012 12:31:36 AM IST Reply
Does zerodha provide trading terminal at the customer''s computer?Can we trade MCX commodities in zerodha trading terminal?
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1. Ram Kumar  Aug 30, 2012 6:04:34 PM IST Reply
Does Zerodha allow investing in IPO''s and NCD''s?
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