Home/Blogs/From Trading to Depository Services Understanding the Full Spectrum of Charges

From Trading to Depository Services Understanding the Full Spectrum of Charges

01 Jun 2023

Investing in the stock market can be a lucrative way to grow your wealth, but it's important to understand the various charges that come with it. From brokerage charges to demat charges, there are several fees that investors need to be aware of before making any trades. In this article, we'll provide a comprehensive list of charges that investors may encounter when trading in the stock market. Whether you're a seasoned investor or just starting out, understanding these charges can help you make informed decisions and avoid any unexpected fees. So, let's dive in and explore the different types of charges that investors need to know.

Charges vary among brokerages, but this article uses Motilal Oswal's website as a source.

Demat charges and DP transaction charges

Demat charges and DP transaction charges are fees that are charged by depositories and depository participants (DPs) for holding shares in electronic form and for executing transactions in the stock market. These charges can vary depending on the depository, DP, and the type of transaction.

Demat charges are typically charged on a monthly or annual basis, and they cover the costs of maintaining your demat account. DP transaction charges are typically charged per transaction, and they cover the costs of executing trades, such as the cost of accessing the stock market and the cost of clearing and settlement.

Motilal Oswal demat account charges include an Account Maintenance Charge (AMC) of Rs 550 and an Account Administration Charge (AAC) of Rs 199. Demat Transaction Charges for selling within Motilal Oswal range from Rs 30 or 0.03% (whichever is higher) and Rs 40 or 0.04% (whichever is higher) for selling outside Motilal Oswal.

Open Your free Demat Account in just 5 minutes!

Cost for converting physical shares or dematerialisation

Converting physical shares into electronic form, also known as dematerialisation, incurs certain costs.

Dematerialisation incurs a charge of Rs 50 per request plus Rs 50 per certificate, while rematerialization costs Rs 35 per certificate.

Charges for Pledging, unpledging of shares

Pledging and unpledging of shares involve leveraging your holdings to secure loans or financial transactions.

When it comes to pledging and unpledging shares, there are four types of charges involved. These include Rs. 25 per scrip for funding pledge, Rs. 12.5 per scrip for margin pledge, Rs. 12.5 per scrip for unpledging, and Rs. 25 per scrip for unpledging and selling (Rs. 12.5 + Rs. 12.5).

For pledging or unpledging MTF shares, a fee of Rs. 20 plus GST will be imposed by depositories, NSDL and CDSL. These charges are applied per-ISIN in every instruction.

Charges for margin trading facility

Margin trading facility enables investors to leverage their investments by borrowing funds from the broker to trade in the stock market. 

An interest rate of 0.053% per day is applicable solely on the borrowed amount in the case of margin trading. As long as you maintain the necessary margin in your account, you can retain your positions within the Margin Trading Facility (MTF).

What are the charges for adding funds to a trading account?

The charges for adding funds to a trading account vary depending on the mode of fund transfer and the trading plan. For net banking transfers, there is a charge of Rs. 10 for Basic or Power Investor Plans, while it is free for Ultra Trader Plan. However, no charges are applicable for transferring funds using UPI to the trading account.

Delay payment charges

A delay payment charge is a fee levied by brokers on clients who fail to pay their dues on time. It is calculated as a percentage of the outstanding amount and is meant to discourage late payments.

Motilal Oswal imposes a Delayed Payment Charge (DPC) of 0.06% per day, resulting in an annual interest rate of 21.90% on any debit balance. While the DPC is computed daily, it is reflected in your ledger on a weekly basis.

Brokerage charges

Motilal Oswal implements different brokerage charges based on the trading segment. For delivery trading, a brokerage charge of 0.20% is levied, while intraday trading incurs a charge of 0.02%. Options trading in equity attracts a charge of Rs 20 per lot, while options trading in commodities has a charge of Rs 200 per lot. For futures and options trading in currency, the charge is Rs 20 per lot.


Understanding the charges associated with trading in the stock market is crucial for investors to manage their trading costs and optimise their investment strategies.



Checkout more Blogs

You may also like…

Get Exclusive Updates

Be the first to read our new blogs

Intelligent investment insights delivered to your inbox, for Free, daily!

Open Demat Account
I wish to talk in South Indian language
By proceeding you’re agree to our T&C