National stock exchange of india limited
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E OF INDIA
1. INTRODUCTION TO INDIAN MARKETS
1.1. MONEY MARKET
1.1.1. CAPITAL MARKET
1.1.2. SECONDARY MARKET
2. SEBI AND EXCHANGES
2.1. BSE EXCHANGE
2.2. COMMODITY EXCHANGE
3. NSE – A NEW IDEOLOGY
3.3. MARKET SEGMENT
4. NSE FAMILY
5. LISTING OF SECURITIES IN NSE
5.1. LISTING SYSTEM
1. INTRODUCTION TO INDIAN MARKETS
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF MARKETS IN INDIA
Money market is a market for debt securities that pay off in the short term usually less
than one year, for example the market for 90-days treasury bills. This market
encompasses the trading and issuance of short term non equity debt instruments
including treasury bills, commercial papers, bankers acceptance, certificates of
In other word we can also say that the Money Market is basically concerned with the
issue and trading of securities with short term maturities or quasi-money instruments.
The Instruments traded in the money-market are Treasury Bills, Certificates of
Deposits (CDs), Commercial Paper (CPs), Bills of Exchange and other such
instruments of short-term maturities (i.e. not exceeding 1 year with regard to the
Capital market is a market for long-term debt and equity shares. In this market, the
capital funds comprising of both equity and debt are issued and traded. This also
includes private placement sources of debt and equity as well as organized markets
like stock exchanges.
Capital market can be divided into Primary and Secondary Markets.
In the primary market, securities are offered to public for subscription for the purpose
of raising capital or fund. Secondary market is an equity trading avenue in which
already existing/pre- issued securities are traded amongst investors. Secondary
market could be either auction or dealer market. While stock exchange is the part of
an auction market, Over-the-Counter (OTC) is a part of the dealer market.
In addition to the traditional sources of capital from family and friends, startup firms are
created and nurtured by Venture Capital Funds and Private Equity Funds. According
to the Indian Venture Capital Association Yearbook (2003), investments of $881
million were injected into 80 companies in 2002, and investments of $470 million were
injected into 56 companies in 2003. The firms which received these investments were
drawn from a wide range of industries, including finance, consumer goods and health.
The growth of the venture capital and private equity mechanisms in India is critically
linked to their track record for successful exits. Investments by these funds only
commenced in recent years, and we are seeing a rapid buildup in a full range of
channels for exit, with a mix of profitable and unprofitable outcomes. This success with
exit suggests that investors will allocate increased resources to venture funds and
private equity funds operating in India, who will (in turn) be able to fund the creation of
Secondary Market refers to a market where securities are traded after being initially
offered to the public in the primary market and/or listed on the Stock Exchange.
Majority of the trading is done in the secondary market. Secondary market comprises
of equity markets and the debt markets.
For the general investor, the secondary market provides an efficient platform for
trading of his securities. For the management of the company, Secondary equity
markets serve as a monitoring and control conduit—by facilitating value-enhancing
control activities, enabling implementation of incentive-based management contracts,
and aggregating information (via price discovery) that guides management decisions.
Difference between the primary market and the secondary market
In the primary market, securities are offered to public for subscription for the
purpose of raising capital or fund. Secondary market is an equity trading avenue in
which already existing/pre- issued securities are traded amongst investors. Secondary
market could be either auction or dealer market. While stock exchange is the part of
an auction market, Over-the-Counter (OTC) is a part of the dealer market.
Main financial products/instruments dealt in the secondary market
• Equity: The ownership interest in a company of holders of its common and
preferred stock. The various kinds of equity shares are as follows –
• Equity Shares:
• An equity share, commonly referred to as ordinary share also represents the
form of fractional ownership in which a shareholder, as a fractional owner,
undertakes the maximum entrepreneurial risk associated with a business
venture. The holders of such shares are members of the company and have
voting rights. A company may issue such shares with differential rights as to
voting, payment of dividend, etc.
• Rights Issue/ Rights Shares: The issue of new securities to existing
shareholders at a ratio to those already held.
• Bonus Shares: Shares issued by the companies to their shareholders free of
cost by capitalization of accumulated reserves from the profits earned in the
• Preferred Stock/ Preference shares: Owners of these kind of shares are
entitled to a fixed dividend or dividend calculated at a fixed rate to be paid
regularly before dividend can be paid in respect of equity share. They also enjoy
priority over the equity shareholders in payment of surplus. But in the event of
liquidation, their claims rank below the claims of the company’s creditors,
bondholders / debenture holders.
• Cumulative Preference Shares: A type of preference shares on which dividend
accumulates if remains unpaid. All arrears of preference dividend have to be
paid out before paying dividend on equity shares.
• Cumulative Convertible Preference Shares: A type of preference shares
where the dividend payable on the same accumulates, if not paid. After a
specified date, these shares will be converted into equity capital of the company.
• Participating Preference Share: The right of certain preference shareholders to
participate in profits after a specified fixed dividend contracted for is paid.
Participation right is linked with the quantum of dividend paid on the equity
shares over and above a particular specified level.
• Security Receipts: Security receipt means a receipt or other security, issued by
a securitisation company or reconstruction company to any qualified institutional
buyer pursuant to a scheme, evidencing the purchase or acquisition by the
holder thereof, of an undivided right, title or interest in the financial asset involved
• Government securities (G-Secs): These are sovereign (credit risk-free) coupon
bearing instruments which are issued by the Reserve Bank of India on behalf of
Government of India, in lieu of the Central Government's market borrowing
programme. These securities have a fixed coupon that is paid on specific dates
on half-yearly basis. These securities are available in wide range of maturity
dates, from short dated (less than one year) to long dated (upto twenty years).
• Debentures: Bonds issued by a company bearing a fixed rate of interest usually
payable half yearly on specific dates and principal amount repayable on
particular date on redemption of the debentures. Debentures are normally
secured/ charged against the asset of the company in favour of debenture
• Bond: A negotiable certificate evidencing indebtedness. It is normally unsecured.
A debt security is generally issued by a company, municipality or government
agency. A bond investor lends money to the issuer and in exchange, the issuer
promises to repay the loan amount on a specified maturity date. The issuer
usually pays the bond holder periodic interest payments over the life of the loan.
The various types of Bonds are as follows• Zero Coupon Bond: Bond issued at a discount and repaid at a face value. No
periodic interest is paid. The difference between the issue price and redemption
price represents the return to the holder. The buyer of these bonds receives only
one payment, at the maturity of the bond.
• Convertible Bond: A bond giving the investor the option to convert the bond into
equity at a fixed conversion price.
• Commercial Paper: A short term promise to repay a fixed amount that is placed
on the market either directly or through a specialized intermediary. It is usually
issued by companies with a high credit standing in the form of a promissory note
redeemable at par to the holder on maturity and therefore, doesn’t require any
guarantee. Commercial paper is a money market instrument issued normally for
a tenure of 90 days.
• Treasury Bills: Short-term (up to 91 days) bearer discount security issued by the
Government as a means of financing its cash requirements.
SECURITY AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA
SEBI AND ITS ROLE IN THE SECONDARY MARKET
The SEBI is the regulatory authority established under Section 3 of SEBI Act 1992 to
protect the interests of the investors in securities and to promote the development of,
and to regulate, the securities market and for matters connected therewith and
Securities and Exchange Board of India constituted under the Resolution of the
Government of India in the Department of Economic Affairs No.1 (44)SE/86, dated the
12th day of April, 1988;
The Board shall consist of the following members, namely:1. A Chairman
2. Two members from amongst the officials of the Ministry of the Central
Government dealing with Finance (and administration of the Companies Act,
1956;) 2 of 1934
3. One member from amongst the officials of [the Reserve Bank
4. Five other members of whom at least three shall be the whole-time members
Departments of SEBI regulating trading in the secondary market
(1) Market Intermediaries Registration and Supervision department (MIRSD)
Registration, supervision, compliance monitoring and inspections of all market
intermediaries in respect of all segments of the markets viz. equity, equity derivatives,
debt and debt related derivatives.
(2) Market Regulation Department (MRD)
Formulating new policies and supervising the functioning and operations (except
relating to derivatives) of securities exchanges, their subsidiaries, and market
institutions such as Clearing and settlement organizations and Depositories
(Collectively referred to as ‘Market SROs’).
(3)Derivatives and New Products Departments (DNPD)
Supervising trading at derivatives segments of stock exchanges, introducing new
products to be traded, and consequent policy changes.
POWERS & FUNCTIONS
1. Regulating the business in stock exchanges and any other securities markets.
2. Registering and regulating the working of stock brokers, sub-brokers, share
transfer agents, bankers to an issue, trustees of trust deeds, registrars to an
issue, merchant bankers, underwriters, portfolio managers, investment advisers
and such other intermediaries who may be associated with securities markets
in any manner.
3. Registering and regulating the working of the depositories, participants
custodians of securities, foreign institutional investors, credit rating agencies
and such other intermediaries as the board may, by notification, specify in this
4. Registering and regulating the working of (venture capital funds and collective
investment schemes) including mutual funds.
5. Promoting and regulating self-regulatory organizations.
6. Prohibiting fraudulent and unfair trade practices relating to securities markets.
7. Promoting investors' education and training of intermediaries of securities
8. Prohibiting insider trading in securities.
9. Regulating substantial acquisition of shares and take-over of companies.
10. Calling for information from, undertaking inspection, conducting inquiries and
audits of the stock exchanges, (mutual funds) and other persons associated
with the securities market and intermediaries and self- regulatory organizations
in the securities market.
11. Performing such functions and exercising such powers under the provisions of
securities contracts (regulation) act, 1956, as may be delegated to it by the
12. Levying fees or other charges for carrying out the purpose of this section.
13. Conducting research for the above purposes.
BOMBAY STOCK EXCHANGE OF INDIA LIMITED
Bombay Stock Exchange Limited is the oldest stock exchange
in Asia with a rich heritage. Popularly known as "BSE", it was
established as "The Native Share & Stock Brokers Association"
in 1875. It is the first stock exchange in the country to obtain permanent recognition in
1956 from the Government of India under the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act,
The Exchange's pivotal and pre-eminent role in the development of the Indian capital
market is widely recognized and its index, SENSEX, is tracked worldwide. Earlier an
Association of Persons (AOP), the Exchange is now a demutualised and corporative
entity incorporated under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956, pursuant to the
BSE (Corporatization and Demutualization) Scheme, 2005 notified by the Securities
and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
With demutualization, the trading rights and ownership rights have been de-linked
effectively addressing concerns regarding perceived and real conflicts of interest. The
Exchange is professionally managed under the overall direction of the Board of
The Board comprises eminent professionals, representatives of Trading Members and
the Managing Director of the Exchange. The Board is inclusive and is designed to
benefit from the participation of market intermediaries.
In terms of organization structure, the Board formulates larger policy issues and
exercises over-all control. The committees constituted by the Board are broad-based.
The day-to-day operations of the Exchange are managed by the Managing Director
and a management team of professionals.
The Exchange has a nation-wide reach with a presence in 417 cities and towns of
India. The systems and processes of the Exchange are designed to safeguard market
integrity and enhance transparency in operations. During the year 2004-2005, the
trading volumes on the Exchange showed robust growth.
The Exchange provides an efficient and transparent market for trading in equity, debt
instruments and derivatives. The BSE's On Line Trading System (BOLT) is a
proprietary system of the Exchange and is BS 7799-2-2002 certified. The surveillance
and clearing & settlement functions of the Exchange are ISO 9001:2000 certified.
Bombay Stock Exchange Limited (BSE) which was founded in 1875 with six brokers
has now grown into a giant institution with over 874 registered Broker-Members
spread over 380 cities across the country. Today, BSE's Wide Area Network (WAN)
connecting over 8000 BSE Online Trading (BOLT) System Trader Work Stations
(TWS) is one of the largest of its kind in the country.
With a view to provide efficient and integrated services to the investing public through
the members and their associates in the operations pertaining to the Exchange,
Bombay Stock Exchange Limited (BSE) has set up a unique Member Services and
Development to attend to the problems of the Broker-Members.
Member Services and Development Department is the single point interface for
interacting with the Exchange Administration to address to Members' issues. The
Department takes care of various problems and constraints faced by the Members in
various products such as Cash, Derivatives, Internet Trading, and Processes such as
Trading, Technology, Clearing and Settlement, Surveillance and Inspection,
Membership, Training, Corporate Information, etc.
PERSONALIZED SERVICE PROVIDER
Member Services and Development has put in place the concept of 'Relationship
Managers' whereby an Officer is responsible for providing comprehensive services to
a group/ set of Members alloted to him/her. The Relationship Managers maintain a
comprehensive database on the members and their associates.
A distinct feature of the functioning of the Relationship Manager is attending to the
diverse problems of the Members at one stop by co-ordinating with various
departments thus saving valuable time and energy for the Members. This synergetic
effort will benefit both the Exchange and its members in consolidating the business
and exploiting the opportunities.
VISION OF BSE
“Emerge as the premier Indian stock exchange by
establishing global benchmarks"
There are three categories:
A brief description of commodity exchanges are those which trade in
particular commodities, neglecting the trade of securities, stock index
futures and options etc.
In the middle of 19th century in the United States, businessmen began
organizing market forums to make the buying and selling of commodities
easier. These central marketplaces provided a place for buyers and
sellers to meet, set quality and quantity standards, and establish rules of
Agricultural commodities were mostly traded but as long as there are
buyers and sellers, any commodity can be traded. In 1872, a group of
Manhattan dairy merchants got together to bring chaotic condition in New
York market to a system in terms of storage, pricing, and transfer of
In 1933, during the Great Depression, the Commodity Exchange, Inc.,
was established in New York through the merger of four small exchan ges
– the National Metal Exchange, the Rubber Exchange of New York, the
National Raw Silk Exchange, and the New York Hide Exchange.
The major commodity markets are in the United Kingdom and in the USA.
In india there are 25 recognized future exchanges, of which there are
three national level multi-commodity exchanges. After a gap of almost
three decades, Government of India has allowed forward transactions in
commodities through Online Commodity Exchanges, a modification of
traditional business known as Adhat and Vayda Vyapar to facilitate better
risk coverage and delivery of commodities.
The three exchanges are:
1. National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX)
2. Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX)
3. National Multi-Commodity Exchange of India Limited (NMCEIL)
All the exchanges have been set up under overall control of Forward
Market Commission (FMC) of Government of India.
National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX)
National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX) located in Mumbai is a
public limited company incorporated on April 23, 2003 under the Companies Act, 1956
and had commenced its operations on December 15, 2003.This is the only commodity
exchange in the country promoted by national level institutions.
It is promoted by ICICI Bank Limited, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC),
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and National Stock
Exchange of India Limited (NSE).
It is a professionally managed online multi commodity exchange. NCDEX is regulated
by Forward Market Commission and is subjected to various laws of the land like the
Companies Act, Stamp Act, Contracts Act, Forward Commission (Regulation) Act and
various other legislations.
Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited(MCX)
Headquartered in Mumbai Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX), is an
independent and de-mutulised exchange with a permanent recognition from
Government of India. Key shareholders of MCX are Financial Technologies (India)
Ltd., State Bank of India, Union Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Bank of India and
Canara Bank. MCX facilitates online trading, clearing and settlement operations for
commodity futures markets across the country.
MCX started offering trade in November 2003 and has built strategic alliances with
Bombay Bullion Association, Bombay Metal Exchange, Solvent Extractors’
Association of India, Pulses Importers Association and Shetkari Sanghatana.
National Multi-Commodity Exchange of India Limited (NMCEIL)
National Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (NMCEIL) is the first demutualzed,
Electronic Multi-Commodity Exchange in India. On 25th July, 2001, it was
granted approval by the Government to organize trading in the edible oil complex.
It has operationalised from November 26, 2002. It is being supported by Central
Warehousing Corporation Ltd., Gujarat State Agricultural Marketing Board and
Neptune Overseas Limited. It got its recognition in October 2000.
Commodity exchange in India plays an important role where the prices of any
commodity are not fixed, in an organized way. Earlier only the buyer of produce and
its seller in the market judged upon the prices. Others never had a say.
Today, commodity exchanges are purely speculative in nature. Before discovering the
price, they reach to the producers, end-users, and even the retail investors, at a
grassroots level. It brings a price transparency and risk management in the vital
A big difference between a typical auction, where a single auctioneer announces the
bids, and the Exchange is that people are not only competing to buy but also to sell.
By Exchange rules and by law, no one can bid under a higher bid, and no one can
offer to sell higher than someone else’s lower offer. That keeps the market as efficient
as possible, and keeps the traders on their toes to make sure no one gets the
purchase or sale before they do.
3. NSE - A NEW IDEOLOGY
Capital market reforms in India have outstripped the process of liberalization in most
other sectors of the economy. However, the creation of an independent capital market
regulator was the initiation of this reform process. After the formation of the Securities
Market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), attention were
drawn towards the inefficiencies of the bourses and the need was felt for better
regulation, discipline and accountability. A Committee recommended the creation of a
2nd stock exchange in Mumbai called the "National Stock Exchange". The Committee
suggested the formation of an exchange which would provide investors across the
country a single, screen based trading platform, operated through a VSAT network. It
was on this recommendation that setting up of NSE as a technology driven exchange
was conceptualized. NSE has set up its trading system as a nation-wide, fully
automated screen based trading system. It has written for itself the mandate to create
a world-class exchange and use it as an instrument of change for the industry as a
whole through competitive pressure. NSE was incorporated in 1992 and was given
recognition as a stock exchange in April 1993. It started operations in June 1994, with
trading on the Wholesale Debt Market Segment. Subsequently it launched the Capital
Market Segment in November 1994 as a trading platform for equities and the Futures
and Options Segment in June 2000 for various derivative instruments.
NSE was set up with the objectives of:
• Establishing a nationwide trading facility for all types of securities;
• Ensuring equal access to investors all over the country through an appropriate
• Providing a fair, efficient and transparent securities market using electronic
• Enabling shorter settlement cycles and book entry settlements; and
• Meeting international benchmarks and standards.
NSE has been able to take the stock market to the doorsteps of the investors.
The technology has been harnessed to deliver the services to the investors across the
country at the cheapest possible cost. It provides a nation-wide, screen-based,
automated trading system, with a high degree of transparency and equal access to
investors irrespective of geographical location. The high level of information
dissemination through on-line system has helped in integrating retail
investors on a nation-wide basis. The standards set by the exchange in terms of
market practices, products, technology and service standards have become industry
benchmarks and are being replicated by other market participants.
Within a very short span of time, NSE has been able to achieve all the objectives for
which it was set up. It has been playing a leading role as a change agent in
transforming the Indian Capital Markets to its present form. The Indian Capital Markets
are a far cry from what they used to be a decade ago in terms of market practices,
infrastructure, technology, risk management, clearing and settlement and investor
NSE - A New ideology
The broad objective for which the exchange was set up has made it to play a leading
role in enlarging the scope of market reforms in securities market in India. During last
one decade it has been playing the role of a catalytic agent in reforming the markets in
terms of market microstructure and in evolving the best market practices keeping in
mind the investors.
The Exchange is set up on a demutualised model wherein the ownership,
management and trading rights are in the hands of three different sets of people. This
has completely eliminated any conflict of interest. This has helped NSE to
aggressively pursue policies and practices within a public interest framework.
NSE's nationwide, automated trading system has helped in shifting the trading
platform from the trading hall in the premises of the exchange to the computer
terminals at the premises of the trading members located at different geographical
locations in the country and subsequently to the personal computers in the homes of
investors and even to hand held portable devices for the mobile investors. It has been
encouraging corporatization of membership in securities market.
It has also proved to be instrumental in ushering in scrip less trading and providing
settlement guarantee for all trades executed on the Exchange. Settlement risks have
also been eliminated with NSE's innovative endeavors in the area of clearing and
settlement viz., establishment of the clearing corporation (NSCCL), setting up a
settlement guarantee fund (SGF), reduction of settlement cycle, implementing on-line,
real-time risk management systems, dematerialization and electronic transfer of
securities to name few of them.
As a consequence, the market today uses state-of-the-art information technology to
provide an efficient and transparent trading, clearing and settlement mechanism. In
order to take care of investors interest, it has also created an investors protection fund
(IPF), that would help investors who have incurred financial loss due to default of
Ownership and Management the NSE
NSE is owned by a set of leading financial institutions, banks, insurance companies
and other financial intermediaries. It is managed by a team of professional managers
and the trading rights are with trading members who offer their services to the
The Board of NSE comprises of senior executives from promoter institutions and
eminent professionals, without having any representation from trading members.
While the Board deals with the broad policy issues, the Executive Committees which
include trading members, formed under the Articles of Association and the Rules of
NSE for different market segments, set out rules and parameters to manage the daytoday affairs of the Exchange. The ECs have constituted several committees, like
Committee on Trade Related Issues (COTI), Committee on Settlement Issues (COSI)
etc., comprising mostly of trading members, to receive inputs from the market
participants and implement suggestions which are in the best interest of the investors
and the market.
The day-to-day management of the Exchange is delegated to the Managing Director
and CEO who is supported by a team of professional staff. Therefore, though the role
of trading members at NSE is to the extent of providing only trading services to the
investors, the Exchange involves trading members in the process of consultation and
participation in vital inputs towards decision making.
Market Segments and Products
NSE provides an electronic trading platform for of all types of securities for investors
under one roof - Equity, Corporate Debt, Central and State Government Securities,
Commercial Paper, Certificate of Deposits (CDs), Warrants, Mutual Funds units,
Exchange Traded Funds, Derivatives like Index Futures, Index Options, Stock
Futures, Stock Options, Futures on Interest Rates etc., which makes it one of the few
exchanges in the world providing trading facility for all types of securities on a single
The Exchange provides trading in 3 different segments viz.
• Wholesale debt market (WDM)
• Capital market (CM) segment and
• The futures & options (F&O) segment.
The Wholesale Debt Market segment provides the trading platform for trading of a
wide range of debt securities which includes State and Central Government securities,
T-Bills, PSU Bonds, Corporate Debentures, CPs, CDs etc. However, along with these
financial instruments, NSE has also launched various products (e.g. FIMMDA-NSE
MIBID/MIBOR) owing to the market need. A reference rate is said to be an accurate
measure of the market price. In the fixed income market, it is the interest rate that the
market respects and closely matches. In response to this, NSE started computing and
disseminating the NSE Mumbai Inter-bank Bid Rate (MIBID) and NSE Mumbai InterBank Offer Rate (MIBOR). Owing to the robust methodology of computation of these
rates and its extensive use, this product has become very popular among the market
Keeping in mind the requirements of the banking industry, FIs, MFs, insurance
companies, who have substantial investments in sovereign papers, NSE also started
the dissemination of its yet another product, the ‘Zero Coupon Yield Curve’. This helps
in valuation of sovereign securities across all maturities irrespective of its liquidity in
the market. The increased activity in the government securities market in India and
simultaneous emergence of MFs (Gilt MFs) had given rise to the need for a well
defined bond index to measure the returns in the bond market. NSE constructed such
an index the, ‘NSE Government Securities Index’. This index provides a benchmark
for portfolio management by various investment managers and gilt funds.
The Capital Market segment offers a fully automated screen based trading system,
known as the National Exchange for Automated Trading (NEAT) system. This
operates on a price/time priority basis and enables members from across the country
to trade with enormous ease and efficiency. Various types of securities e.g. equity
shares, warrants, debentures etc. are traded on this system. The average daily
turnover in the CM Segment of the Exchange during 2004-05 was nearly Rs. 4,506
NSE started trading in the equities segment (Capital Market segment) on November 3,
1994 and within a short span of 1 year became the largest exchange in India in terms
of volumes transacted.
Trading volumes in the equity segment have grown rapidly with average daily turnover
increasing from Rs.17 crores during 1994-95 to Rs.6,253 crores during 2005-06.
During the year 2005-06, NSE reported a turnover of Rs.1,569,556 crores in the
The Equities section provides you with an insight into the equities segment of NSE
and also provides real-time quotes and statistics of the equities market. In-depth
information regarding listing of securities, trading systems & processes, clearing and
settlement, risk management, trading statistics etc are available here.
Futures & Options segment of NSE provides trading in derivatives instruments like
Index Futures, Index Options, Stock Options, Stock Futures and Futures on interest
rates. Though only four years into its’ operations, the futures and options segment of
NSE has made a mark for itself globally. In the Futures and Options segment, trading
in Nifty and CNX IT index and 53 single stocks are available. W.e.f. May 27 2005,
futures and options would be available on 118 single stocks. The average daily
turnover in the F&O Segment of the Exchange during 2004-05 was nearly Rs. 10,067
Technology has been the backbone of the Exchange. Providing the services to the
investing community and the market participants using technology at the cheapest
possible cost has been its main thrust. NSE chose to harness technology in creating a
new market design. It believes that technology provides the necessary impetus for the
organisation to retain its competitive edge and ensure timeliness and satisfaction in
customer service. In recognition of the fact that technology will continue to redefine the
shape of the securities industry,
NSE stresses on innovation and sustained investment in technology to remain ahead
of competition. NSE is the first exchange in the world to use satellite communication
technology for trading. It uses satellite communication technology to energise
participation through about 2,829 VSATs from nearly 345 cities spread all over the
The list of towns and cities and the state-wise distribution of VSATs as at end March
2005. Its trading system, called National Exchange for Automated Trading (NEAT), is
a state of the art client server based application. At the server end all trading
information is stored in an in-memory database to achieve minimum response time
and maximum system availability for users.
It has uptime record of 99.7%. For all trades entered into NEAT system, there is
uniform response time of less than 1.5 seconds. NSE has been continuously
undertaking capacity enhancement measures so as to effectively meet the
requirements of increased users and associated trading loads.
With recent up gradation of trading hardware, NSE can handle up to 6 million trades
per day. NSE has also put in place NIBIS (NSE's Internet Based Information System)
for on-line real-time dissemination of trading information over the Internet. As part of
its business continuity plan, NSE has established a disaster back-up site at Chennai
along with its entire infrastructure, including the satellite earth station and the highspeed
optical fiber link with its main site at Mumbai.
This site at Chennai is a replica of the production environment at Mumbai. The
transaction data is backed up on near real time basis from the main site to the disaster
back-up site through the 2 mbps high-speed link to keep both the sites all the time
synchronized with each other.
The various application systems that NSE uses for its trading as well clearing and
settlement and other operations form the backbone of the Exchange. The application
systems used for the day-to-day functioning of the Exchange can be divided into
(a) Front end applications
(b) Back office applications.
IN THE FRONT END APPLICATION SYSTEM, THERE ARE 6 APPLICATIONS:
• NEAT – CM system takes care of trading of securities in the Capital Market
segment that includes equities, debentures/notes as well as retail Gilts. The
NEAT – CM application has a split architecture wherein the split is on the
securities and users. The application runs on two Stratus systems with Open
Strata Link (OSL). The application has been benchmarked to support 15000
users and handle more than 6 million trades daily. This application also provides
data feed for processing to some other systems like Index, OPMS through
TCP/IP. This is a direct interface with the trading members of the CM segment of
the Exchange for entering the orders into the main system. There is a two way
communication between the NSE main system and the front end terminal of the
• NEAT – WDM system takes care of trading of securities in the Wholesale Debt
Market (WDM) segment that includes Gilts, Corporate Bonds, CPs, T-Bills, etc.
This is a direct interface with the trading members of the WDM segment of the
Exchange for entering the orders/trades into the main system. There is a two way
communication between the NSE main system and the front end terminal of the
• NEAT – F&O system takes care of trading of securities in the Futures and
Options (F&O) segment that includes Futures on Index as well as individual
stocks and Options on Index as well as individual stocks. This is a direct interface
with the trading members of the F&O segment of the Exchange for entering the
orders into the main system. There is a two way communication between the
NSE main system and the front end terminal of the trading member.
• NEAT – IPO system is an interface to help the initial public offering of
companies which are issuing the stocks to raise capital from the market. This is a
direct interface with the trading members who are registered for undertaking
order entry on behalf of their clients for IPOs. NSE uses the NEAT IPO system
that allows bidding in several
• issues concurrently. There is a two way communication between the NSE
main system and the front end terminal of the trading member.
• NEAT – MF system is an interface with the trading members for order collection
of designated mutual funds units.
• Surveillance system offers the users a facility to comprehensively monitor the
trading activity and analyze the trade data online and offline. In the back office,
the following important application systems are operative:
(A) NCSS (Nationwide Clearing and Settlement System) is the clearing and
settlement system of the NSCCL for the trades executed in the CM segment of the
Exchange. The system has 3 important interfaces – OLTL (Online Trade loading) that
takes each and every trade executed on real time basis and allocates the same to the
clearing members, Depository Interface that connects the depositories for settlement
of securities and Clearing Bank Interface that connects the 10 clearing banks for
settlement of funds. It also interfaces with the clearing members for all required
reports. Through collateral management system it keeps an account of all available
collaterals on behalf of all trading/clearing members and integrates the same with the
position monitoring of the trading/ clearing members. The system also generates base
capital adequacy reports.
(B) FOCASS is the clearing and settlement system of the NSCCL for the trades
executed in the F&O segment ofthe Exchange. It interfaces with the clearing members
for all required reports. Through collateral management system it keeps an account of
all available collaterals on behalf of all trading/ clearing members and integrates the
same with the position monitoring of the trading/clearing members. The system also
generates base capital adequacy reports.
(C) OPMS – the online position monitoring system that keeps track of all trades
executed for a trading member vis-à-vis its capital adequacy.
(D) PRISM is the parallel risk management system for F&O trades using Standard
Portfolio Analysis (SPAN). It is a system for comprehensive monitoring and load
balancing of an array of parallel processors that provides complete fault tolerance. It
provides real time information on initial margin value, mark to market profit or loss,
collateral amounts, contract-wise latest prices, contract-wise open interest and limits.
The system also tracks online real time client level portfolio, base upfront margining
(E) Data warehousing, that is the central repository of all data in CM as well as F&O
segment of the Exchange.
(F) Listing system, that captures the data of companies which are listed on the
Exchange and integrates the same with the trading system for necessary broadcasts,
information dissemination and
(G) Membership system, hat keeps track of all required details of the Trading
Members of the Exchange.
4. NSE FAMILY
National Securities Clearing Corporation Ltd. (NSCCL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of
NSE, was incorporated in August 1995 and commenced clearing operations in April
1996. It was the first clearing corporation in the country to provide notation/settlement
guarantee that revolutionized the entire concept of settlement system in India. It was
set up to bring and 9 sustain confidence in clearing and settlement of securities; to
promote and maintain short and consistent settlement cycles; to provide counter-party
risk guarantee, and to operate a tight risk containment system. It carries out the
clearing and settlement of the trades executed in the equities and derivatives
segments of the NSE. It operates a well-defined settlement cycle and there are no
deviations or deferments from this cycle. It aggregates trades over a trading period T,
nets the positions to determine the liabilities of members and ensures movement of
funds and securities to meet respective liabilities. It also operates a Subsidiary
General Ledger (SGL) for settling trades in government securities for its constituents.
It has been managing clearing and settlement functions since its inception without a
single failure or clubbing of settlements. It assumes the counter-party risk of each
member and guarantees financial settlement. It has tied up with 10 Clearing Banks
viz., Canara Bank, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, UTI Bank, Bank of India,
IDBI Bank and Standard Chartered Bank for funds settlement while it has direct
connectivity with depositories for settlement of securities. It has also initiated a
working capital facility in association with the clearing banks that helps clearing
members to meet their working capital requirements. Any clearing bank interested in
utilizing this facility has to enter into an agreement with NSCCL and with the clearing
member. NSCCL has also introduced the facility of direct payout to clients’ account on
both the depositories. It ascertains from each clearing member, the beneficiary
account details of their respective clients who are due to receive pay out of securities.
It has provided its members with a front-end for creating the file through which the
information is provided to NSCCL. Based on the information received from members,
it sends payout instructions to the depositories, so that the client receives the pay out
of securities directly to their accounts on the pay-out day. NSCCL currently settles
trades under T+2 rolling settlement. It has the credit of continuously upgrading the
clearing and settlement procedures and has also brought Indian financial markets in
line with international markets. It has put in place online real-time monitoring and
surveillance system to keep track of the trading and clearing members’ outstanding
positions and each member is allowed to trade/operate within the pre-set limits fixed
according to the funds available with the Exchange on behalf of the member. The
online surveillance mechanism also generates various alerts/reports on any
price/volume movements of securities not in line with the normal trends/patterns.
India Index Services and Products Limited (IISL), a joint venture of NSE and Credit
Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL), was set up in May 1998 to
provide indices and index services. It has a consulting and licensing agreement with
Standard and Poor's (S&P), the world's leading provider of invest able equity indices,
for co-branding equity indices. IISL pools the index development efforts of NSE and
CRISIL into a coordinated whole. It is India's first specialized company which focuses
upon the index as a core product. It provides a broad range of products and
professional index services. It maintains over 70 equity indices comprising broadbased
benchmark indices, sectoral indices and customized indices. Many investment
and risk management products based on IISL indices have been developed in the
recent past. These include index based derivatives on NSE, a number of index funds
and India's first exchange traded fund.
Prior to trading in a dematerialized environment, settlement of trades required moving
the securities physically from the seller to the ultimate buyer, through the seller's
broker and buyer's broker, which involved lot of time and the risk of delay somewhere
along the chain.
Further, the system of transfer of ownership was grossly inefficient as every transfer
involved physical movement of paper to the issuer for registration, with the change of
ownership being evidenced by an endorsement on the security certificate. In many
cases, the process of transfer took much longer than stipulated in the then regulations.
Theft, forgery, mutilation of certificates and other irregularities were rampant. All these
added to the costs and delays in settlement and restricted liquidity.
To obviate these problems and to promote dematerialization of securities, NSE joined
hands with UTI and IDBI to set up the first depository in India called the "National
Securities Depository Limited" (NSDL).
The depository system gained quick acceptance and in a very short span of time it
was able to achieve the objective of eradicating paper from the trading and settlement
of securities, and was also able to get rid of the risks associated with
Dematerialized delivery today constitutes almost 100% of the total delivery based
NSE.IT Limited, a 100% technology subsidiary of NSE, was incorporated in October
1999 to provide thrust to NSE’s technology edge, concomitant with its overall goal of
harnessing latest technology for optimum business use.
It provides the securities industry with technology that ensures transparency and
efficiency in the trading, clearing and risk management systems. Additionally, NSE.IT
provides consultancy services in the areas of data warehousing, internet and business
Amongst various products launched by NSE.IT are NEAT XS, a Computer-ToComputer Link (CTCL) order routing system, NEAT iXS, an internet trading system
and Promos, professional broker’s back office system. NSE.IT also offers an elearning
ortal, invarsitywww.finvarsity.com) dedicated to the finance sector.
The site is powered by Enlitor - a learning management system developed by NSE.IT
jointly with an e-learning partner. New initiatives include payment gateways, products
for derivatives segments and Enterprise Management Services (EMSs).
NSE joined hand with other financial institutions in India viz., ICICI Bank, NABARD,
LIC, PNB, CRISIL, Canara Bank and IFFCO to promote the NCDEX which provide a
platform for market participants to trade in wide spectrum of commodity derivatives.
Currently NCDEX facilitates trading of 37 agro based commodities, 1 base metal and
2 precious metal.
Shareholders of NSEIL
1. Industrial Development Bank of India Limited
2. Industrial Finance Corporation of India Limited
3. Life Insurance Corporation of India
4. State Bank of India
5. ICICI Bank Limited
6. IL & FS Trust Company Limited
7. Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited
8. SBI Capital Markets Limited
9. The Administrator of the Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India
10. Bank of Baroda
11. Canara Bank
12. General Insurance Corporation of India
13. National Insurance Company Limited
14. The New India Assurance Company Limited
15. The Oriental Insurance Company Limited
16. United Insurance Company Limited
17. Punjab National Bank
18. Oriental Bank of Commerce
19. Corporation Bank
20. Indian Bank
21. Union Bank of India
Board of Directors
1. Mr. S. B. Mathur, Administrator of the Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of
2. Mr. Ravi Narain - Managing Director& CEO
3. Ms. Chitra Ramkrishna – Managing Director
4. Mr. R. N. Bhardwaj, Chairman, Life Insurance Corporation of India Director
5. Mr. S. P. Chhajed, Sr. Partner, M/s. Chhajed & Doshi, Chartered Accountants
6. Mr. R. P. Chitale, Managing Partner, M/s M P Chitale & Co., Chartered
7. Mr. Indrajit Gupta, Managing Director & CEO, SBI Capital Markets Limited
8. Mr. N. S. Kannan, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, ICICI Bank Limited
9. Mr. S. H. Khan, Chairman, Feedback First Urban Infrastructure Development
Director Company Limited
10. Mr. A. P. Kurian , Chairman, Association of Mutual Funds in India Director
11. Mr. Anand G. Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra &
Director Mahindra Lminted.
12. Mr. Y. H. Malegam, Chartered Accountant Director
13. Prof. (Dr.) K. R. S. Murthy, Professor & Former Director, IIM, Bangalore
14. Mr. Ravi Parthasarathy, Chairman & Managing Director, IL&FS Ltd. Director
15. Dr. R. H. Patil, Chairman, The Clearing Corporation of India Limited Director
16. Mr. Justice M. L. Pendse (Retd.), Former Chief Justice of Karnataka High
Court & Director Judge of Bombay High Court
17. Mr. M. Raghavendra, Ex-General Manager, General Insurance Corporation of
18. Mr. S. Venkiteswaran, Sr. Advocate Director
(As of March 31, 2005 – data from www.nseindia.com)
ICM & WDM SEGMENTS
1. Mr. Ravi Narain, MD & CEO, National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. Chairman
2. Mr. Mukesh Kansal, Managing Dircetor, M/s. K & A Securities (P) Ltd. Trading
3. Mr. Hemang Raja, Managing Director, M/s. IL&FS Investmart Ltd. Trading
4. Mr. Shailesh Saraf, Wholetime Director, M/s. Dynamic Equities Pvt. Ltd.
5. Mr. C. Parthasarathy, Director, M/s. Karvy Stock Broking Ltd. Trading
6. Mr. R. P. Chitale, Managing Partner, M/s. M. P. Chitale & Co. Public
Chartered Accountants Representative
7. Mr. Y. H. Malegam, Chartered Accountant Public Representative
8. Mr. S. Venkiteswaran, Sr. Advocate Public Representative
9. Ms. Chitra Ramkrishna, Dy. Managing Director, National Stock Exchange
Other Nominees of India Ltd.
10. Mr. P. M. Venkatasubramanian, Ex-Managing Director, GIC Other Nominees
11. Mr. N. S. Kannan, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, ICICI Bank Ltd. Other
F&O MARKET SEGMENT
1. Mr. Ravi Narain, MD & CEO, NSEIL Chairman
2. Mr. D. C. Anjaria, Director, International Finance Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Public
3. Mr. Shailesh Haribhakti, Partner, M/s. Haribhakti & Co. Public
5. Prof. V Ravi Anshuman, I. I. M., Bangalore Public Representative
6. 5 Mr. Vineet Bhatnagar, Managing Director, M/s. Refco-Sify Securities
Trading Member (Pvt.) Ltd.
7. 6 Mr. Shitin D Desai, Executive Vice Chairman, M/s. DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd.
8. Mr. M. Raghavendra, Ex-General Manager, General Insurance Corporation
Other Nominee of India Ltd.
9. Mr. M. L. Soneji, Director (Operations & Surveillance), NSEIL Other Nominee
(As of March 31, 2005 – data from www.nseindia.com)
5. LISTING OF SECURITIES
The stocks, bonds and other securities issued by issuers require listing for providing
liquidity to investors. Listing means formal admission of a security to the trading
platform of the Exchange. It provides liquidity to investors without compromising the
need of the issuer for capital and ensures effective monitoring of conduct of the issuer
and trading of the securities in the interest of investors. The issuer wishing to have
trading privileges for its securities satisfies listing requirements prescribed in the
relevant statutes and in the listing regulations of the Exchange. It also agrees to pay
the listing fees and comply with listing
requirements on a continuous basis. All the issuers who list their securities have to
satisfy the corporate governance requirement framed by regulators.
Benefits of Listing on NSE
�NSE provides a trading platform that extends across the length and breadth
of the country. Investors from approximately 345 centers can avail of trading
facilities on the NSE trading network. Listing on NSE thus, enables issuers to
reach and service investors across the country.
�NSE being the largest stock exchange in terms of trading volumes, the
securities trade at low impact cost and are highly liquidity. This in turn
reduces the cost of trading to the investor.
�The trading system of NSE provides unparallel level of trade and post-trade
information. The best 5 buy and sell orders are displayed on the trading
system and the total number of securities available for buying and selling is
also displayed. This helps the investor to know the depth of the market.
Further, corporate announcements, results, corporate actions etc are also
available on the trading system, thus reducing scope for price manipulation or
�The facility of making initial public offers (IPOs), using NSE's network and
software, results in significant reduction in cost and time of issues.
�NSE's web-site www.nseindia.com provides a link to the web-sites of the
companies that are listed on NSE, so that visitors interested in any company
can visit that company's web-site from the NSE site.
�Listed companies are provided with monthly trade statistics for the securities
of the company listed on the Exchange.
�The listing fee is nominal.
Two categories, namely 'listed' and 'permitted to trade' categories of securities (equity
shares, preference shares and debentures) are available for trading in the CM
segment. However, the permitted to trade category is being phased out gradually and
no new company is been given the benefit of this category. At the end of March 2005,
970 'listed' and 1 'permitted to trade' companies were available for trading. These
securities had a market capitalisation of Rs. 1,585,585 crore.
The Exchange has laid down criteria for listing of new issues by companies,
companies listed on other exchanges, and companies formed by
amalgamation/restructuring, etc. in conformity with the Securities Contracts
(Regulation) Rules, 1957 and directions of the Central Government and the Securities
and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The criteria include minimum paid-up capital and
market capitalisation, project appraisal, company/promoter's track record, etc. The
issuers of securities are required to adhere to provisions of the Securities Contracts
(Regulation) Act, 1956, the Companies Act, 1956, the Securities and Exchange Board
of India Act, 1992, and the rules, circulars, notifications, guidelines, etc. prescribed
All companies seeking listing of their securities on the Exchange are required to enter
into a listing agreement with the Exchange. The agreement specifies all the
requirements to be continuously complied with by the issuer for continued listing. The
Exchange monitors such compliance. Failure to comply with the requirements invites
suspension of trading, or withdrawal/delisting, in addition to penalty under the
Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956. The agreement is being increasingly used
as a means to improve corporate governance.
In the interest of transparency, the issuers are required to disclose shareholding
pattern on a quarterly basis. On an average, the promoters hold more than 55.63% of
total shares. Though non-promoter holding is nearly 44.37%, Indian public held only
17.03% and the public float (holding by foreign institutional investors, mutual funds,
and Indian Public) is at best 27.27%.
The securities listed on NSE can be de-listed from the Exchange as per the SEBI
(Delisting of Securities) Guidelines, 2003 in the following manner:
Voluntary De-listing of Companies
Any promoter or acquirer desirous of delisting securities of the company under the
provisions of these guidelines shall obtain the prior approval of shareholders of the
company by a special resolution passed at its general meeting, make a public
announcement in the manner provided in these guidelines, make an application to the
delisting exchange in the form specified by the exchange, and comply with such other
additional conditions as may be specified by the concerned stock exchanges from
where securities are to be de-listed. Any
promoter of a company which desires to de-list from the stock exchange shall also
determine an exit price for delisting of securities in accordance with the book building
process as stated in the guidelines. The stock exchanges shall provide the
infrastructure facility for display of the price at the terminal of the trading members to
enable the investors to access the price on the screen to bring transparency to the
Compulsory De-listing of Companies
The stock exchanges may de-list companies which have been suspended for a
minimum period of six months for non-compliance with the listing agreement. The
stock exchanges have to give adequate and wide public notice through newspapers
and also give a show cause notice to a company. The exchange shall provide a time
period of 15 days within which 30 representation may be made to the exchange by
any person who may be aggrieved by the proposed delisting. Where the securities of
the company are de-listed by an exchange, the
promoter of the company shall be liable to compensate the security holders of the
company by paying them the fair value of the securities held by them and acquiring
their securities, subject to their option to remain security-holders with the company.
In the WDM segment, all government securities, state development loans and treasury
bills are 'deemed' listed as and when they are issued. The other categories of
securities are traded under the 'listed' category. All eligible securities whether publicly
issued or privately placed can be made available for trading in the WDM segment.
Amongst other requirements, privately placed debt paper of banks, institutions and
corporates require credit rating to be eligible
6. MEMBERSHIP ADMINISTRATION
The trading in NSE has a three tier structure-the trading platform provided by the
Exchange, the broking and intermediary services and the investing community. The
trading members have been provided exclusive rights to trade subject to their
continuously fulfilling the obligation under the Rules, Regulations, Byelaws, Circulars,
etc. of the Exchange. The trading members are subject to its regulatory discipline. Any
entity can become a trading member by complying with the prescribed eligibility
criteria and exit by surrendering trading membership. There are no entry/exit barriers
to trading membership.
The Exchange stresses on factors such as corporate structure, capital adequacy,
track record, education, experience, etc. while granting trading rights to its members.
This reflects a conscious effort by the Exchange to ensure quality broking services
which enables to build and sustain confidence in the Exchange's operations. The
standards stipulated by the Exchange for trading membership are substantially in
excess of the minimum statutory requirements as also in comparison to those
stipulated by other exchanges in India. The exposure and volume of transactions that
can be undertaken by a trading member are linked to liquid assets in the form of cash,
bank guarantees, etc. deposited by the member with the Exchange as part of the
membership requirements. The trading members are admitted to the different
segments of the Exchange subject to the provisions of the Securities Contracts
(Regulation) Act, 1956, the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992, the
rules, circulars, notifications, guidelines, etc., issued there under and the byelaws,
Rules and Regulations of the Exchange. All trading members are registered with
A prospective trading member is admitted to any of the following combinations
of market segments:
• Wholesale Debt Market (WDM) segment,
• Capital Market (CM) and the Futures and Options (F&O) segments,
• CM Segment, the WDM and the F&O segment.
In order to be admitted as a trading member, at least two directors of the applicant
corporate must be graduates and must possess at least two years' experience in
securities markets. The applicant/any of its partners /shareholders/directors must not
have been declared defaulters on any stock exchange, must not be debarred by SEBI
for being associated with capital market as intermediaries and must not be engaged in
any fund-based activity.
For the F&O segment, at least two dealers should also have passed SEBI-approved
certification test for derivatives. In case of corporate applicant, the minimum paid up
capital should be Rs. 30 lakh and the dominant promoter/shareholder group should
hold at least 51% (40% in case 2 20
of listed companies) of paid-up equity capital of such corporate entity. The net worth
required for trading members on CM & F&O Segment is Rs. 100 lakh, however, a net
worth of Rs. 300 lakh is required for members clearing for self as well as for other
The trades executed on the Exchange may be cleared and settled by a clearing
member. The trading members in the CM segment are also clearing members. In the
F&O segment, some members, who are registered with SEBI as self-clearing
members, clear and settle their own trades. Certain others, registered as trading
member-cum-clearing member, clear and settle their own trades as well as trades of
other trading members. Besides this, there is a special category of members, called
professional clearing members (PCMs), who do not trade but only clear trades
executed by others. This means that some members clear and settle their trades
through a trading member-cum-clearing member or a PCM, not themselves. The
members clearing their own trades or trades of others, and the PCMs are required to
bring in additional security deposits in respect of every trading member whose trades
they undertake to clear and settle.
Growth and Distribution of Members
As at end March 2005, the Exchange had 891 members including 519 from nonMumbai centers. A large majority (89%) of them were corporate members, and the
remaining, individuals and firms. There were 881, 75 and 661 members in the CM,
WDM and F&O segments respectively. The distribution of trading members on the
Exchange as at end March 2005 is presented below:
In addition to annual fees, members are required to pay transaction charges on trades
undertaken by them. They pay transaction charges at the rate of Rs. 4 for every Rs. 1
lakh of turnover in the CM segment, at the rate of Rs. 2 for every Rs. 1 lakh of
turnover in Futures contracts and at the rate of 5 paise per Rs. 1 lakh gross trade
value up to Rs. 25,000 crors and at the rate of 2 paise per Rs. 1 lakh gross traded
value above Rs. 25,000 crors subject to minimum of Rs. 10,000 per annum in the
WDM segment. For the transactions in the Options sub-segment the transaction
charges are levied on the premium value at the rate of 0.05% (each side).
7. INVESTOR GRIEVANCES
Investors are the backbone of the securities market. Protection of their interests is
paramount for NSE. In furtherance of their interests, NSE has put in place systems to
ensure availability of adequate, up-to-date and correct information to investors to
enable them to take informed decisions. It ensures that critical and price-sensitive
information reaching the exchange is made available to all classes of investor at the
same point of time.
Such price-sensitive information as bonus announcements, mergers, new line of
business, etc. received from the companies is disseminated to all the market
participants through the network of NSE terminals all over India. Action is initiated by
the Exchange whenever any kind of price sensitive information is not provided to the
Exchange at the prescribed time by companies listed on the Exchange.
In an attempt to ease the existing system of information dissemination by the listed
companies, NSE launched the electronic interface for listed companies in August
2004. Under the new system, all corporate announcements including that of Board
meetings which needs to be disclosed to the market is handled electronically in a
straight through and hands free manner.
The Exchange also conducts various seminars and programs for the investors all over
the country with a view of educating them on their rights and obligations. Investors are
also made aware of the precautions they need to take while dealing in the securities
The Exchange makes an audit trail available on request for all transactions executed
on NSE to enable investors to counter-check trade details for the trades executed on
his behalf by the member. The Exchange has also prescribed and makes efforts to
ensure the implementation of various safeguards like time schedules for issuing
contract notes, for receiving funds and securities purchased by investors, segregation
of client funds and securities from those of members, etc.
In spite of all the necessary steps taken by the Exchange to offer quality services to
investors, it is possible that some investors may still have certain complaints,
grievances. For this NSE has put in place a system for redressal of investor
grievances for matters/issues related to/against trading members/listed companies.
The Investor Grievance Cell (IGC) of NSE is manned by a team of professionals
possessing relevant experience in the areas of securities markets, company and legal
affairs and specially trained to identify problems faced by the investor and to find and
effect a solution quickly. It takes up complaints in respect of trades executed on the
NSE through its NEAT terminal and routed through the NSE trading member or SEBI
registered sub-broker of NSE trading member and trades pertaining to companies
traded on NSE.
Investor Protection Fund
Some cushion to the interests of investors is provided by the Investor Protection
Funds (IPFs) set up by the stock exchange. The exchanges maintains an IPF to take
care of investor claims, which may arise out of non settlement of obligations by the
trading member, who has been declared a defaulter, in respect of trades executed on
the Exchange. The maximum amount of claim payable from the Fund to the investor is
Rs. 10 lakh.
Arbitration is a speedy and alternative dispute resolution mechanism provided by the
Exchange for resolving disputes between the trading members and between a trading
member and his client, in respect of trades done on the Exchange. The arbitration
mechanism is provided by the Exchange in all its Regional offices to facilitate the
speedy dispute resolution mechanism.
The parties to dispute appoint an arbitrator from the panel of arbitrators maintained by
the Exchange and approved by SEBI. The arbitrator(s) pronounces an award after
going through various documents submitted by the parties and hearing them.
8. DEMATERIALISATION & REMATERIALISATION
Dematerialisation is the process by which physical certificates of an investor are
converted to an equivalent number of securities in electronic form and credited into the
investor's account with his/her DP.
Dematerialising securities (physical holding into electronic holding)
In order to dematerialise physical securities one has to fill in a DRF (Demat Request
Form) which is available with the DP and submit the same along with physical
certificates one wishes to dematerialise. Separate DRF has to be filled for each ISIN
Number. The complete process of dematerialisation is outlined below:
Surrender certificates for dematerialisation to your depository participant.
Depository participant intimates Depository of the request through the system.
Depository participant submits the certificates to the registrar of the Issuer Company.
Registrar confirms the dematerialisation request from depository.
After dematerialising the certificates, Registrar updates accounts and informs
depository of the completion of dematerialisation.
Depository updates its accounts and informs the depository participant.
Depository participant updates the demat account of the investor.
The process of rematerialisation is used to convert the electronic holding into physical
holdings. If one wishes to get back his securities in the physical form one has to fill in
the RRF (Remat Request Form) and request his DP for rematerialisation of the
balances in his securities account. The process of rematerialisation is outlined below:
• One makes a request for dematerialisation.
• Depository participant intimates depository of the request through the system.
• Depository confirms dematerialisation request to the registrar.
• Registrar updates accounts and prints certificates.
• Depository updates accounts and downloads details to depository participant.
• Registrar dispatches certificates to investor.
Procedure for buying & selling dematerialised securities
The procedure for buying and selling dematerialised securities is similar to the
procedure for buying and selling physical securities. The difference lies in the process
of delivery (in case of sale) and receipt (in case of purchase) of securities.
In case of purchase:1. The broker will receive the securities in his account on the payout day
2. The broker will give instruction to its DP to debit his account and credit
3. Investor will give ‘Receipt Instruction to DP for receiving credit by filling
appropriate form. However one can give standing instruction for credit
into ones account that will obviate the need of giving Receipt Instruction every time.
In case of sale:The investor will give delivery instruction to DP to debit his account and credit the
broker’s account. Such instruction should reach the DP’s office at least 24 hours
before the pay-in as other wise DP will accept the instruction only at the investor’s risk.
9. BROKER & SUB-BROKER
A broker is a member of a recognized stock exchange, who is permitted to do trades
on the screen-based trading system of different stock exchanges. He is enrolled as a
member with the concerned exchange and is registered with SEBI.
A sub broker is a person who is registered with SEBI as such and is affiliated to a
member of a recognized stock exchange.
Client Agreement Form
This form is an agreement entered between client and broker in the presence of
witness where the client agrees (is desirous) to trade/invest in the securities listed on
the concerned Exchange through the broker after being satisfied of brokers
capabilities to deal in securities. The member, on the other hand agrees to be satisfied
by the genuineness and financial soundness of the client and making client aware of
his (broker’s) liability for the business to be conducted.
Details of Client Registration form
The brokers have to maintain a database of their clients, for which you have to fill
client registration form. In case of individual client registration, you have to broadly
provide following information:
�Your name, date of birth, photograph, address, educational qualifications,
occupation, residential status(Resident Indian/ NRI/others)
�Unique Identification Number (wherever applicable)
�Bank and depository account details
�Income tax No. (PAN/GIR) which also serves as unique client code.
�If you are registered with any other broker, then the name of broker and
concerned Stock exchange and Client Code Number.
�Proof of identity submitted either as MAPIN UID Card/Pan No./Passport/Voter
ID/Driving license/Photo Identity card issued by Employer registered under
For proof of address (any one of the following):
2. Voter ID
3. Driving license
4. Bank Passbook
5. Rent Agreement
6. Ration Card
7. Flat Maintenance Bill
8. Telephone Bill
9. Electricity Bill
10. Certificate issued by employer registered under MAPIN
11. Insurance Policy
Each client has to use one registration form. In case of joint names /family members, a
separate form has to be submitted for each person.
In case of Corporate Client, following information has to be provided:
1. Name, address of the Company/Firm
2. Unique Identification Number (wherever applicable)
3. Date of incorporation and date of commencement of business.
4. Registration number(with ROC, SEBI or any government authority)
5. Details of PAN Account Number:
6. Details of Promoters/Partners/Key managerial Personnel of the
Company/Firm in specified format.
7. Bank and Depository Account Details
8. Copies of the balance sheet for the last 2 financial years (copies of annual
balance sheet to be submitted every year)
9. Copy of latest share holding pattern including list of all those holding more
than 5% in the share capital of the company, duly certified by the Company
Secretary / Whole time Director/MD. (copy of updated shareholding pattern to
be submitted every year)
10. Copies of the Memorandum and Articles of Association in case of a company
/ body incorporate / partnership deed in case of a partnership firm
11. Copy of the Resolution of board of directors' approving participation in equity /
derivatives / debt trading and naming authorized persons for dealing in
12. Photographs of Partners/Whole time directors, individual promoters holding
5% or more, either directly or indirectly, in the shareholding of the company
and of persons authorized to deal in securities.
13. If registered with any other broker, then the name of broker and concerned
Stock exchange and Client Code Number.
Unique Client Code
In order to facilitate maintaining database of their clients, it is mandatory for all brokers
to use unique client code which will act as an exclusive identification for the client. For
this purpose, PAN number/passport number/driving License/voters ID number/ ration
card number coupled with the frequently used bank account number and the
depository beneficiary account can be used for identification, in the given order, based
MAPIN is the Market Participants and Investors Integrated Database.
The SEBI (Central Database of Market Participants) Regulations, 2003 were notified
on November 20, 2003. As per these regulations, all the participants in the Indian
Securities Market viz., SEBI registered intermediaries, listed companies and their
associates and the investors would need to get registered and obtain a Unique
Identification Number (UIN). The system for allotment of UIN involves the use of
biometric impressions for natural persons.
The major objective is creation of a comprehensive database of market participants.
Once created, the database would not only help the regulator in establishing the
identity of person(s) who have taken large exposures in the market and/or who are
trading through a large number of different brokers but also enable the regulator to
take adequate risk containment measures such as imposition of margins, trading or
exposure limits etc., depending upon the exposures of various investors. Hence, in the
event of a failure of market integrity, an immediate audit trail would be possible and
the regulator would be able to take early preventive and / or remedial measures and
track down the defaulters and / or manipulators.
It has been decided to suspend all fresh registrations for obtaining UIN and the
requirement to obtain/quote UIN under the MAPIN Regulations/Circulars with effect
from July 01, 2005.
Maximum brokerage that a broker/sub broker can charge
The maximum brokerage that can be charged by a broker has been specified in the
Stock Exchange Regulations and hence, it may differ from across various exchanges.
As per the BSE & NSE Bye Laws, a broker cannot charge more than 2.5% brokerage
from his clients. This maximum brokerage is inclusive of the brokerage charged by the
sub-broker. Further, SEBI (Stock brokers and Sub brokers) Regulations, 1992
stipulates that sub broker cannot charge from his clients, a commission which is more
than 1.5% of the value mentioned in the respective purchase or sale note.
Charges that can be levied on the investor by a stock broker/sub broker
The trading member can charge:
1. Brokerage charged by member broker.
2. Penalties arising on specific default on behalf of client (investor)
3. Service tax as stipulated.
4. Securities Transaction Tax (STT) as applicable.
The brokerage, service tax and STT are indicated separately in the contract note.
STT (Securities Transaction Tax)
Securities Transaction Tax (STT) is a tax being levied on all transactions done on the
stock exchanges at rates prescribed by the Central Government from time to time.
Pursuant to the enactment of the Finance (No.2) Act, 2004, the Government of India
notified the Securities Transaction Tax Rules, 2004 and STT came into effect from
October 1, 2004.
Account Period Settlement
An account period settlement is a settlement where the trades pertaining to a period
stretching over more than one day are settled. For example, trades for the period
Monday to Friday are settled together. The obligations for the account period are
settled on a net basis. Account period settlement has been discontinued since
January 1, 2002, pursuant to SEBI directives.
In a Rolling Settlement trades executed during the day are settled based on the net
obligations for the day.
Presently the trades pertaining to the rolling settlement are settled on a T+2 day basis
where T stands for the trade day. Hence, trades executed on a Monday are typically
settled on the following Wednesday (considering 2 working days from the trade day).
The funds and securities pay-in and pay-out are carried out on T+2 day.