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 ICICIDirect Vs HDFC Securities Share Broker Comparison

The side-by-side comparison of ICICI Securities Pvt Ltd. and HDFC Securities Ltd stock brokers in India. The comparison below highlights the similarities and differences between ICICIDirect and HDFC Securities's brokerage, customer service, maintenance fees, tools and investment options provided to India Stock Market investors. If you are confused in choosing the best broking site, this page is to help you find which is the best broker among ICICIDirect and HDFC Securities.


ICICI Securities Pvt Ltd.

HDFC Securities Ltd

About the Broker ICICIdirect is a retail trading and investment service from ICICI Securities, the largest retail stock broker firm in India offering a wide range of investment options to the retail and institutional customers. ICICI Securities is part of ICICI Group... Know more about ICICI Securities Pvt Ltd. HDFC Securities(HDFCsec) is Equity Trading Company of HDFC Bank. HDFC Securities provide both online trading and trading on phone. The HDFC Securities trading account has a unique 3-in-1 feature that integrates your HDFC Securities trading account wi... Know more about HDFC Securities Ltd
Type of Broker Full Service Broker Full Service Broker
Supported Exchnage BSE, NSE BSE, NSE
Account Type 3-in-1 Account (I-Secure Plan) Online Trading
Broker Enquiry

Stock Broker Fees / Charges

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
Trading Account Opening Fees Rs 975 Rs 999
Trading Account AMC NIL
Demat Account Opening Fees NIL NIL
Demat Account AMC Rs 450 Rs 750
Demat Account is Mandatory?

Trading Brokerage Charges

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
Equity Delivery Brokerage 0.55% 0.50%
Equity Intraday Brokerage 0.275% 0.50%
Equity Futures Brokerage 0.05% - 0.03% 0.05%
Equity Options Brokerage Rs 95 - Rs 65 per lot Rs.100
Currency Futures Trading Brokerage 0.050% - 0.030% Rs 23 per Contract
Currency Options Trading Brokerage Rs 95 - Rs 65 per lot Rs 23 per Contract
Commodity Trading Brokerage NA NA
Other Brokerage Charges
Minimum Brokerage Charges Rs 35 per trade Rs 25

Transaction Charges

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
Equity Delivery NSE: 0.0031% | BSE: 0.0035% 0.10%
Equity Intraday NSE: 0.0031% | BSE: 0.0035% 0.025% (on sell transaction)
Equity Futures 0.00185% 0.01% (on sell transaction)
Equity Options 0.05% on Premium 0.017% on premium
Currency Futures 0.0013%
Currency Options 0.05% on Premium
Commodity NA

Share Broker Features

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
3 in 1 Account
Mobile Trading
Automated Trading
After Trading Hour Orders
Good Till Cancelled (GTC)
SMS Alerts
Online Demo
Online Portfolio
Margin Trading Funding Available
Combined Ledger for Equity and Commodity
Trading Platform Trade Racer Blink
Intraday Square-off Time
Other Features

Broker Ratings (Average User Rating)

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
  258 Customer Reviews    Rate ICICIDirect 84 Customer Reviews    Rate HDFC Securities
Fees Ratings 2.4 2.4
Trading Brokerage Rating 1.8 2.2
Trading Platform Usability 3.3 3.0
Customer Service Ratings 2.9 2.9
Overall Ratings Rated 2.5 stars Rated 2.5 stars
Broker Rating ICICIDirect is Rated 2.5 / 5 based on 258 customer reviews HDFC Securities is Rated 2.5 / 5 based on 84 customer reviews

Contact Broker / Request A Call Back

 ICICIDirect - Contact FormHDFC Securities - Contact Form
Contact / Request Call Back
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Investment Options Available

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
Stock / Equity
Initial Public Offers (IPO)
Mutual Funds
Bond / NCD
Other Investment Options Insurance

Customer Service Offered

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
24/7 Customer Service
Email Support
Onine Live Chat
Phone Support
Toll Free Number
Through Branches

Research / Tips / Reports Published

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
Daily Market Report
Free Tips
Quarterly Result Analysis
News Alerts

Suitable for Investor Category

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
Casual Investor
Active Investor


Pros, Cons and Other Review Comments

 ICICIDirectHDFC Securities
  • Offers 3-in-1 account which makes stock market investment very easy for casual investors.
  • Wide range of investment options available under one portal.
  • Provides a low bandwidth website which works well where internet connection is slow.
  • GTC (good till cancellation) and off-market hours order placement facility is very useful.

More Advantages...

The 3-in-1 account, which includes HDFC Bank Account, HDFC Securities Trading Account and HDFC Securities Demat Account, is the best offering for retail investors in India as it provides easiest way to invest in stock market and other financial instruments.

More Advantages...

  • ICICI Security charges highest brokerage in comparison to most of the retail brokers in India.
  • Very high 'minimum brokerage' of Rs 35 per trade or 2.5% of the trade value whichever is lower.
  • Poor performance of website is reported in peak hours of trading.
  • Trading Terminal (Trade Racer) cost Rs 75 per month if brokerage paid in a month is less then Rs 750.
  • Demat Account is mandatory.
  • Commodity trading is not available for retail investors.

More Disadvantages...

- In addition to opening a trading account with HDFC Securities Ltd, you will also be required to open a savings bank account (quarterly minimum balance of Rs. 5000) and a DP (depository participant) account with HDFC Bank.

More Disadvantages...

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