A demat account holds the shares and certificates of an investor in an electronic form. To trade or invest in stocks, demat account is the primary requirement. However, to start investing in mutual funds, it is not compulsory to have a demat account. But if you want to invest specifically in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), it is mandatory to do so via your demat accounts.
Ways to Purchase Mutual Funds
Mutual Funds can be purchased directly through the fund house’s website, broker, distributor or through a broker on the stock exchange. Earlier, while purchasing mutual funds through the exchange, it was compulsory to have a demat account. However, mutual funds can now be purchased through a registered dealer or broker on the exchange without opening a demat account, of course baring the ETFs.
How to Purchase Mutual Fund through Demat Account?
To purchase mutual fund in the demat account, you must have one. Read to know how to open a demat account. Through demat account, you can purchase mutual fund units via application form or opt for purchase through a broker on the stock exchange.
Importance of Demat Account
Even though the demat account is not compulsory for purchasing mutual fund units, but investors having stocks in a portfolio can see their holdings at one place. Consolidated account statement (CAS) shall be issued by NSDL or CDSL to the investors of demat account with the details of their holdings and mutual funds held in the statement of account form. Mutual funds purchased through demat account attract a cost of demat transactions and it varies depending upon your depository participant. Demat account also provides the benefit of the paperless transaction and simplified nomination requirements.
The redemption period of mutual funds in the demat account is 2-3 days. The name of the demat account holder and mutual fund investor must match, otherwise, redemption won’t be possible. However, with the recent changes, transacting in mutual funds without a demat account is easier and most preferred choice of the investors.
Other Outlet to Purchase Mutual Funds
Investors can also purchase mutual fund units from banks. There are several online providers that give the service of mutual fund purchase. In the end, it is up to your choice from where you want to purchase the mutual funds.
Investors looking for a one-stop solution for purchasing shares or mutual funds can contact Kotak Securities who ensure that investors are benefitted not only on the cost front but also have a seamless experience.