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Global Slowdown Caused Slump in Growth Rate of the Demat Accounts

Global Slowdown Caused Slump in Growth Rate of the Demat Accounts


Despite the blistering pace kept by the equities market in the past 10 months, the rise in the number of new retail investors has slowed down.


According to the data from National Securities and Depositories Limited, the growth rate of demat accounts has declined to 6 per cent, compared with 13 per cent last year.

Experts attribute this to the overall slowdown in the economy.


As per experts a prolonged, dull phase in 2008 made investors jittery about investing in the equities market.

Also, as many individuals were scared of losing their jobs, so they did not intend to invest more.

There has been an average growth of 14.75 per cent in investors opening demat accounts till 2008.


Financial intermediaries such as broking companies, whose fortunes are directly linked to the markets, have witnessed subdued sentiments in the equity space from retail investors.

Experts cited 2008 market crash and the global financial meltdown as the reason for this negative development.

Moreover recession of last year had demotivated and scared the retail investors good enough to drive them away from the further investing.

This caused enormous loss for Financial intermediaries and most of the brokerage houses had to shut shop and retrench many staff too.


“The confidence of the retail investors is yet to be restored. Even in the case of new initial public offerings, only the institutional part is getting oversubscribed,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of research at SMC Capitals.


IRDA Shot-Downs FINWEB Proposal :)

Irda has rejected FINWEB's proposal :)

Irda has rejected FINWEB's proposal 🙂

IRDA, the insurance regulator has rejected a proposal to register all financial advisors with the Financial Well-Being Board of India (FINWEB).

FINWEB is an agency to write rules on the common minimum standards for over 3 million sellers of insurance, pension and mutual fund products.

The proposal was aimed to protect interests of 188 million investors in the country.


In addition, it features in a consultation paper of a panel set up by the High Level Committee on Financial Matters (HLCCFM), an apex forum for financial sector regulators.


The IRDA has powers at present to license insurance agents and brokers.

The proposal is being interpreted as a back-door entry for FINWEB to take over this function.

Besides, FINWEB will also have a self-regulatory arm to bring all financial advisors under one common standard going by the consultation paper on ‘minimum common standards for financial intermediaries and financial education’.


But the IRDA has opposed any new arrangement to create a new architecture for financial sector advisors.

IRDA Chairman was quoted as “The mandate of the insurance regulator is to find the fine balance between the duty to regulate, promote and ensure the orderly growth of the insurance business, re-insurance business and protect the interests of policy-holders.
The insurance regulations have achieved this balance”.