What are the common mistakes to avoid when opening a demat account?

Opening a demat account is the first step in entering the financial world. Choose between NSDL and CDSL depositories, provide correct information, and avoid common mistakes to ensure a successful account opening process.

Manik Kumar Malakar
Published26 Jun 2024, 12:33 PM IST
Demat account is essential for investing in financial instruments.
Demat account is essential for investing in financial instruments.(iStock)

So you have decided to take the plunge into the financial world and start chasing the equity rainbow, or park some of your funds in that mutual fund scheme that you have researched so thoroughly. Well, the first step is always the paperwork, more specifically a demat (short for dematerialisation) account in this case.

And like most paperwork make sure that you dot your I’s and cross your T’s, in that case quite literally.

 

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“Look at a demat account as functioning similarly to a savings account in which we deposit and withdraw funds,” says Samir Shah, Head - Online Business, Axis Securities, explaining about the utility of a demat account.

In a demat account, one may hold various financial instruments such as stocks, mutual funds, insurance policies, exchange-traded funds, etc.

In the past, these instruments existed in physical form. Dematerialization simplifies the process by storing them electronically, much like how UPI simplifies payments compared to cash.

When opening a demat account, choosing between NSDL and CDSL depositories is the first step.

Select your company of choice and be aware of any account maintenance charges. Once you have narrowed down on your choice, keep your PAN card, Aadhaar card, and a cancelled cheque handy.

Nowadays, most depository participants allow online account opening for faster processing, often within 24 hours if your current mobile number is linked to your Aadhaar card.

To effectively maintain your account, it is advisable to appoint a nominee and link your PAN card with your Aadhaar card.

“One should read the form thoroughly and especially put nominations etc,” says S Ravi, Founder, Ravi Rajan & Co.

 

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Again as in most paperwork in the world, mistakes happen due to oversight, carelessness and not understanding the process.

“It's important to remember that many account opening rejections occur due to name mismatches,” says Shah.

Do remember that by using the exact name that appears on your PAN card and ensuring a name match with your bank account, you can avoid this common issue.

Next, providing correct information during the account opening process is crucial to avoid rejections. If you're opening an account digitally, make sure to upload a clear photograph where your face is easily visible and ensure that all your uploaded documents have clear photos, as unclear images are a common reason for rejections.

“By paying attention to these details, you can significantly improve your chances of a successful account opening, making the process less daunting,” say experts.

“The common mistakes (in opening a demat account) are not reading the form thoroughly, not putting power of attorney, not knowing the regulatory fees involved, not opting for margin trading facilities etc,” says Ravi.

Experts point out that it is important to remember that many account opening rejections occur due to name mismatches. However, by using the exact name that appears on your PAN card and ensuring a name match with your bank account, you can avoid this common issue.

 

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Additionally, providing correct information during the account opening process is crucial to avoid rejections. If you're opening an account digitally, make sure to upload a clear photograph where your face is easily visible and ensure that all your uploaded documents have clear photos, as unclear images are a common reason for rejections.

“By paying attention to these details, you can significantly improve your chances of a successful account opening, making the process less daunting,” says Shah.

Manik Kumar Malakar is a personal finance writer.

 

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