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NSE IFSC to allow Indian retail investors to trade in US stocks - Mint

Retail investors in India may soon be allowed to trade in US stocks through a NSE platform. NSE International Exchange (NSE IFSC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE), has said that trading in select US Stocks will soon be facilitated through the NSE IFSC platform.

“The proposed framework will make US stocks affordable to Indian retail investors. The offering will be in the form of unsponsored depository receipts. IFSCA has facilitated the same under the regulatory sandbox. The entire trading, clearing, settlement and holding of US Stocks will be under the regulatory structure of IFSC authority. This initiative is a first of its kind at IFSC where Indian retail investors will be able to transact on the NSE IFSC platform under the Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS) limits prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)," said a press statement.

The statement said that investors will be provided with an option to trade in fractional quantity / value when compared to the underlying shares traded in US markets. NSE IFSC Clearing Corporation Limited (NICCL) will offer its risk management framework, facilitate clearing and settlement of all trades in depository receipts and provide settlement guarantee in respect to all trades executed on the NSE IFSC platform. Furthermore, all the trades will also be covered under the investor protection framework at NSE IFSC.

Investors will be able to hold the depository receipts in their own demat accounts opened in Gift City and will be entitled to receive corporate action benefits pertaining to the underlying stock.

NSE IFSC will announce the operational details shortly and will launch the product at the earliest possible time. Depositories, banks and brokers have already started working with NSE IFSC to enable these investment products for Indian investors.

Vikram Limaye, MD and CEO, NSE said, “This will be an innovative product, and one of the key milestones for NSE IFSC that will expand the product coverage of the exchange beyond existing clientele. The product enables resident individuals to easily and cost effectively invest in US stocks under the LRS framework of RBI (which permits the resident individuals to remit up to $2,50,000 per financial year for any permitted current or capital account transaction). With the guidance of IFSC authority and the support of all the key stakeholders involved, we hope to operationalize this product soon."

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