The stock market is one of the hottest topics everywhere in Nepal at the moment. Be it social media trends or the talks at tea shops and stalls, you will find at least a person talking about IPOs and the stock market.
If you have any questions regarding getting started in the stock market in Nepal, this is going to be a complete guide on how to get started. In this blog post, I will try to explain everything in simple ways so that you can get into the share bazaar in Nepal.
There are many things you need to know before getting into the market but that is a topic for some next time. In this blog post, you’ll see some simple step-by-step guides so that you can start investing in the share market in Nepal.
Let’s see the pre-requisites of getting started in the share market in Nepal.
- Learn about the basic terms in the stock market
- Create a Bank account
- Create a Demat account
- Create a Trading Account
To know the market better you first must know some of the basic terms like primary market, secondary market, IPOs, FPOs, Right shares, dividends, etc. Here’s a complete blog post with all the important stock market terms. Check it out even if have already got started into the share bazaar. I’m sure the article can widen your horizon of the stock market knowledge.
Creating a Bank Account
Although stocks are managed with a different account called the Demat account, it is very crucial to have a bank account to get started into the stock market in Nepal.
You need a bank account to apply for IPOs, to receive dividends of the stocks you hold, and for many other purposes. If you already own a bank account, you don’t need to create a new one. But if you don’t already have one, I’ll suggest creating one with the bank which has its own capital market as well.
When you open a bank account with a bank that has its own capital market, it becomes easier to create a Demat account (I’ll discuss more in the next section below).
You need to be 18 to open a bank account in your own name in Nepal. The documents to open a new bank account may vary from bank to bank but the basic requirements common to all banks are government authorized documents like citizenship certificate or passport or voter id card and your recent passport-sized photographs.
If you are younger than 18 or if you want to open a Demat account for a younger sibling or child, you need to open an account with a beneficiary.
Creating a Demat Account
Demat Account is the most important part of getting into the stock market. Demat account is the one where you hold your stocks and assets, meaning you can not get started in the stock market without a Demat account.
Like bank accounts are created with a bank, Demat accounts are created with a Depository Participants(DP) licensed from SEBON. Many stockbrokers, banks, merchant bankers provide the DP service in Nepal. You can create a Demat account with any of such institutions providing such service.
Creating a Demat account means getting a unique BOID number. Once you have created a Demat account, you need to get CRN number from your bank. It is basically a unique code that represents that your bank account is linked with your Demat account.
You can create a Demat account with a DP and link any number of bank accounts to your Demat account. You can do so by registering for a CRN number from your banks.
**Also Read: **How to demat physical share certificates in Nepal?
Start Applying for IPOs
After you have created a Demat account, linked your bank with Demat(received CRN Number from the bank), and received credentials from meroshare you can now start applying for IPOs.
IPOs are the best way to get started in the stock market. IPO stands for Initial Public Offering. It is the first step where a company raises capital from the public in exchange for shares.
You can apply for IPOs with minimum capital and in most cases, it is believed to be a safe investment. Check SEBON’s official website for Approved IPOs and IPOs on the pipeline.
Check out this complete guide on how to apply for IPOs in Nepal.
Creating a Trading Account
If you want to start buying and selling stocks, you need to get a trading account from a registered broker.
The buying and selling of stocks are done on the secondary market. Even if you want to sell off your IPOs to make a profit from them, then you’ll have to get started on the secondary market. Without a trading account, you can not buy and sell stocks on the secondary market.
Creating a trading account is as easy as creating a bank account or a Demat account. For a trading account, you need to visit a broker, fill up a simple KYC form and apply for a trading account. You need to have all the accounts mentioned above on this blog post and need to be 18 years or above to create a trading account.
Most brokers also provide the service of applying for trading accounts online.
Also, you need to create an online trading account to start buying and selling stocks right from where you are without having to visit the broker office. For that, you’ll need to create TMS account from the broker. TMS is an online platform where you can buy and sell stocks live without having to visit your broker’s office.
This is all that you actually need to get started in the stock market in Nepal. This article actually incorporates all the basic requirements of starting your investing/trading journey in NEPSE.
Make sure to check out all the details in brief so that you have a better idea before getting in the market.
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