What is a Demat account and how to open a Demat Account in Nepal?
While the stock market continues to reach new records daily, the number of people opening Demat accounts has surged. The number of such account openers has reached over 47 lakhs, according to CDS & Clearing.
According to a spokesperson for the clearinghouse, 46.87 lakh people have opened Demat accounts thus far. He did admit, though, that some people might have opened two accounts.
There can only be two of these accounts open at a time. According to him, there is a provision to cancel if more than two accounts are opened.
“As the market expands, additional investors join. There will be a slew of new IPOs, including new insurance companies. The number of persons opening Demat accounts has also increased as a result of this.
To replenish their principal shares, some have even opened a Demat account. When the stock market hit a high point, the number of people opening Demat accounts surged even more.
They are unable to apply for IPO shares on Mero Share because they do not have a Demat account. They are not even permitted to trade on the secondary market. Some people still have their stock certificates at home. So far, 9.23 billion shares have been accumulated in various people’s Demat accounts.
What is the difference between a Demat account and a brokerage account?
The term “Demat” is an abbreviation for “dematerialized.” It literally means “intangible account” in Nepali.
Previously, shares of various companies were distributed in the form of tangible or paper certificates. Since January 2, 2072, the Demat account has been completely functioning. Currently, shares are moved to a Demat account in dematerialized form. The shares purchased in a Demat account are automatically deposited, much like money in a bank account.
The account is credited after the initial share (IPO) is paid. Similarly, when selling shares in the secondary market, the number of shares in the account is reduced and credited to the buyer’s Demat account. The Demat account is where the shares are kept after they have been purchased.
Demat accounts can be opened at a number of different bank subsidiaries. Such accounts are opened by subsidiaries of banks.
Accounts of this type can also be opened through brokerage firms. The Depository Participant is the institution that opens this account.
There are 76 depository members in all. To open such an account, you’ll need your bank account number, a photocopy of your citizenship certificate, and your photo. An account like this can be opened at any bank or brokerage firm where you do business.
Many banks do not charge a fee to start a new account. Some companies would be allowed to charge up to Rs. 100. When you open a Demat account, you’ll be given a 16-digit account number.
You can only fill the primary share or purchase and sell on the secondary market after you have that quantity (NEPSE).
Demat, or dematerialization of shares, is the process of depositing share certificates and other securities into a bank account. A beneficiary account is another name for this type of account. You don’t need the paper share certificate after dematerializing the physical share certificate because it’s in your bank’s Demat account. After that, it’s simple to buy and sell shares; the transactions are transparent, and bonus and right shares are automatically credited to the beneficiary’s account. As a result, you will not need to visit the company to obtain a certificate for such shares.
How to open a Demat account in Nepal?
To open a Demat account, bring a photo of the investor and proof of his citizenship to the Demat account opener (DP). Banks, financial institutions, merchant bankers, and broker firms that have obtained membership in the CDS and Clearing Company with the consent of the Securities Board of Nepal must meet certain requirements in order to function as Depository Members (DP).
Following the completion of the form, the business’s share certificate should be submitted to the company that has a Demat account, i.e. DP. The DP sends the customer’s Demat request form to the share registrar, where it is verified and credited to the customer’s account.
The DP offers the customer a delivery instruction slip, similar to a checkbook, as soon as the account is started. When you need to sell shares, you must fill out a slip specifying which business and how many shares you want to sell. After filling, such slips should not be discarded. If the lost slip is found, it can be used to conduct business with anyone who receives it. You must promptly notify CDS & Clearing if such a slip is missing.
If a corporation is intending to issue the right shares and a shareholder has not yet deposited those shares in a DP account, the shareholder should first notify the company that is opening the DP account. The shares are directly credited to the investor’s account after filling out the entitled share form and indicating the depository participant and beneficiary owner ID number.
You can open a Demat account even if you don’t own any company’s stock. Take the Demat request form for share trading after opening a Demat account and enter the ISIN code of the company whose shares are to be placed in the ISIN part of the table. The ISIN signal differs from one company to the next. This signal differs depending on whether the company’s general, promoter or preferred shares are in the same category. This signal can be obtained by contacting the demating firm.
You can also have many Demat accounts. A person can only have two Demat accounts at a time. You must spend Rs.100 to open a Demat or beneficiary account. Investors can open multiple accounts with different DP IDs. The initial cost, as well as the annual fee, should be paid when starting a separate account. The investor’s account data stay the same, but the account number is different.
How to renew the Demat and Mero Share accounts in Nepal?
In recent years, the number of investors who have opened new Demat accounts has climbed dramatically. Ordinary shares (IPOs) of one company after another are being issued at the same time. In this instance, the investor may be unable to file for the IPO of the Demat account because he does not understand how to renew it.
Because the Nepali stock market has become more technologically advanced, there is no longer any need to visit the depository member’s office for renewal. Investors can now renew their Demat and Mero Share accounts from their home or workplace using their mobile, laptop, or computer.
How do I know when my Mero Share and Demat account has to be renewed?
The Demat account must be renewed at the end of each financial year, whereas the Mero Share account must be renewed on the day you entered it at the end of the year. By login into Mero Share, you can see when your Mero Share subscription is up for renewal.
After checking in to Mero Share’s website, go to the upper right corner and click on your name. Personal information can then be viewed. The Demat and Mero Share expiration dates can be seen in the account information on the right page. Your account must be renewed before the due date.
How do you renew your Mero Share and Demat Account in Nepal?
Mero share and Demat account Accounts can be easily renewed through members’ offices, banks, and wallet pay services. Previously, there was the option of going to the depository members’ office or paying the renewal fee to the bank and financial institution. However, thanks to technological advancements, investors can now renew their contracts via their smartphones. Bank payments are also accepted by some merchant banks.
Despite the fact that coronavirus infections are uncommon, many investors continue to make wallet payments because they are non-invasive and simple to make. The renewal fees can be paid using Connect IPS, eSewa, IME Pay, Khalti, and Prabhu Pay, according to the CDSC. There is a facility for an investor to renew for a period of time longer than one year.
The gateways can also be renewed by pressing the renew account option in your Mero Share profile. Investors who have just opened a Demat account appear to be in a bind, as the renewal notice arrived less than a month after the account was opened. Investors who have opened a Demat account in less than a month or two should renew their Demat account at the end of the financial year, according to CDSC spokesperson Suresh Neupane.
Demat has been open for less than a year, according to some investors. Neupane, on the other hand, believes that all Demats open until mid-July should be renewed.