Zerodha Review 2021: Everything you need to know!

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Introduction

Zerodha is one amongst the largest and most favored brokerage service providers in India. With the advent of technology in the IT boom of 2000. India saw some of the largest IT service providers take birth. Although recently, Zerodha started in the year 2010. The company left no stone unturned in terms to grasp the market share and became India’s largest brokerage service provider in just the span of a decade.

With the industry being managed by many small and medium-sized brokerage houses. Zerodha came in and became the house name and with its customer-centric service model. The company today has become a ‘Unicorn’ with over 50 lakh active customers and growing. This contributes to over 15% of all Indian retail trading volumes.

Zerodha stands for “Zero” + “Rodha”. A literal Sanskrit translation means, “Zero barriers” (Rodha in Sanskrit means barrier). With a vision to break all the barriers, The company started its journey to break the issues which were earlier faced by Indian Investors and traders. 

Today, Zerodha provides online brokerage services to Investors/Traders in various segments such as Equity, Currency, Commodity, IPO, Direct Mutual Funds service, SIP, ETF Investing, and others.

Zerodha owns “Rainmatter” a fintech fund and incubator, which has invested in several fintech startups with the goal of growing the Indian capital markets.

About Zerodha founders:

Started in the year 2010 on August 15th on the auspicious day of India’s independence. The company with an intention to give the Indian investors and traders community a break of freedom from high transaction charges and unnecessary hidden costs.

  • Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Mr.Nithin Kamath
  • Co-founder & Chief Financial Officer (CFO): Mr.Nikhil Kamath
  • Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer (CTO): Mr.Kailash Nadh

Customer ratings and review:

Sl.NoParticularsCustomer ratings (Out of 10)
1Brokerage Charges & Fees9.5 / 10
2Platform UI9.7 / 10
3Products & Services9.3 / 10
4Trading Experience9.0 / 10
5Customer Service8.5 / 10
6Overall Experience9.2 / 10

Zerodha Brokerage Information:

Zerodha Broking Limited

  • Member of The National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) and  The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Registration no: INZ000031633
  • Central Depository Services (India) Limited (CDSL): Depository services through Zerodha Securities Private Limited. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Registration no: IN-DP-100-2015
  • Multi Commodity Exchange Limited (MCX): Commodity Trading through Zerodha Commodities Private Limited. Multi Commodity Exchange Limited (MCX) SEBI Registration no: INZ000038238

Types of Zerodha Demat account and their account opening charges:

  1. Regular Demat account (Online account Opening): Opening a Demat account via online mode in Zerodha costs you Rs. 200 (Rs. 300 in case of Demat account for Equity and Commodity).
  2. Regular Demat account (Offline account Opening): Opening a Demat account via online mode in Zerodha costs you Rs. 400 (Rs. 600 in case of Demat account for Equity and Commodity).
  3. Non-Resident Indian (NRI) account: Demat account comes at account opening only via offline mode and charges are at Rs. 500 per account (Equity & Commodity segment is not available). Approach Zerodha Partner banks to obtain the Portfolio Investment Scheme (PIS) permission letter & submit the same alongside your account opening form.
  4. Firm, LLP, HUF, and others: In the case of Partnership Firm, Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), and other corporates, Demat account comes at account opening only via offline mode and charges are at Rs. 500 per account (Rs. 800 in case of Demat account for Equity and Commodity).

Zerodha Softwares to assist Investors & Traders:

  1. Zerodha Kite 3.0 (Web-based Trading Platform)
  2. Zerodha Kite Android / Kite iOS (Mobile app based Trading Platform)
  3. Zerodha Sentinel (Price alert tool)
  4. Zerodha Pi
  5. Zerodha Coin (Direct Mutual Fund Investment)
  6. Zerodha Varsity

Zerodha Partnered products to assist Investors & Traders:

  1. Smallcase
  2. Sensibull
  3. Golden Pi
  4. Streak
  5. TradingView

Zerodha review – Pros:

  1. Largest and the most popular Discount broker in India.
  2. Offers the best tools for users. – Kite, Console Coin
  3. Limited charges
  4. Customer service/ Support
  5. Gift stocks to your loved ones at Rs. 25
  6. Investor Education platforms such as “Zerodha Varsity”
  7. GTT orders

Best features of Zerodha Kite:

  1. Multiple Market Watch window
  2. Load and Exit multiple order in a single click
  3. Live streaming stock quotes
  4. Multiple chart view. Additional support via “TradingView”
  5. Notifications upon transaction
  6. Multiple Order type
  7. Ease to use User Interface (UI) – Best in the Industry!
  8. Multilingual Support
  9. Floating order window
  10. Market in-depth analysis and updates
  11. Place direct order from the chart

Zerodha review – Cons:

  1. Immediate payout is not available.
  2. Trade via Brokerage call is chargeable at Rs. 25 per trade.
  3. Covers only Indian market.
  4. Server crash!

Zerodha Brokerage Charges:

Sl.NoSegmentBrokerageRemarks
1Equity DeliveryFreeInvesting at almost free of cost basis. You just pay Security Transaction Tax (very minimum)
2Equity Intraday (MIS)Flat Rs. 20 per order or 0.03% whichever is lowerIntraday trading at Industry low price. The same is offered at various segments at same price range.
3Equity FuturesFlat Rs. 20 per order or 0.03% whichever is lowerIntraday trading at Industry low price. The same is offered at various segments at same price range.
4Equity OptionsFlat Rs. 20 per orderIntraday trading at Industry low price. The same is offered at various segments at same price range.
5Commodity futuresFlat Rs. 20 per order or 0.03% whichever is lowerIntraday trading at Industry low price. The same is offered at various segments at same price range.
6Commodity OptionsFlat Rs. 20 per order or 0.03% whichever is lowerIntraday trading at Industry low price. The same is offered at various segments at same price range.
7Currency futuresFlat Rs. 20 per order or 0.03% whichever is lowerIntraday trading at Industry low price. The same is offered at various segments at same price range.
8Currency optionsFlat Rs. 20 per order or 0.03% whichever is lowerIntraday trading at Industry low price. The same is offered at various segments at same price range.
9IPOFreeInvesting in newly issued IPO's at free of cost basis. No hidden charges.
10Direct Mutual FundsFree, Zero BrokerageZerodha assist an individual to invest in various Mutual Funds are free of cost.
11Call & Trade chargesRs. 50 per orderCall and Put trades at reasonable trnasaction charges. Industry average charges.
12Auto-Square-off chargesRs. 50 per orderThose trade left open will be automatically cloes by Zerodha IT. Such forced closure will be charged.
13Payment gateway chargesRs. 9 per fund transfer + GSTCharges applicable at the time of bank to zerodh and vice-versa fund transfers. Industry average charges.
14Depository Participant (DP) chargesRs. 13.5 + GSTLevied by CDSL per stock sale transaction from your holdings. Industry average charges.

Equity Charges:

Sl.NoZerodha chargesEquity deliveryEquity intradayEquity futuresEquity options
1BrokerageZero Brokerage0.03% or Rs. 20/executed order whichever is lower0.03% or Rs. 20/executed order whichever is lowerFlat Rs. 20 per executed order
2STT/CTT0.1% on buy & sell0.025% on the sell side0.01% on sell side0.05% on sell side (on premium)
3Transaction chargesNSE: 0.00345%NSE: 0.00345%NSE: 0.002%NSE: 0.053% (on premium)
4GST18% on (brokerage + transaction charges)18% on (brokerage + transaction charges)18% on (brokerage + transaction charges)18% on (brokerage + transaction charges)
5SEBI chargesRs. 5 / croreRs. 5 / croreRs. 5 / croreRs. 5 / crore
6Stamp charges0.015% or Rs. 1500 / crore on buy side0.003% or Rs. 300 / crore on buy side0.002% or Rs. 200 / crore on buy side0.003% or Rs. 300 / crore on buy side

Currency charges:

Sl.NoZerodha chargesCurrency futuresCurrency options
1Brokerage0.03% or Rs. 20/executed order whichever is lower0.03% or Rs. 20/executed order whichever is lower
2STT/CTTNo STTNo STT
3Transaction chargesNSE: Exchange txn charge: 0.0009%NSE: Exchange txn charge: 0.035%
4Transaction chargesBSE: Exchange txn charge: 0.00022%BSE: Exchange txn charge: 0.001%
5GST18% on (brokerage + transaction charges)18% on (brokerage + transaction charges)
6SEBI chargesRs. 5 / croreRs. 5 / crore
7Stamp charges0.0001% or Rs. 10 / crore on buy side0.0001% or Rs. 10 / crore on buy side

Commodity charges:

Sl.NoZerodha chargesCommodity futuresCommodity options
1Brokerage0.03% or Rs. 20/executed order whichever is lower0.03% or Rs. 20/executed order whichever is lower
2STT/CTT0.01% on sell side (Non-Agri)0.05% on sell side
3Transaction chargesGroup A: Exchange txn charge: 0.0026%Exchange txn charge: 0
3Transaction chargesGroup B: Exchange txn charge: CASTORSEED - 0.0005%; KAPAS - 0.0005%; PEPPER - 0.00005%; RBDPMOLEIN - 0.001%-
4GST18% on (brokerage + transaction charges)18% on (brokerage + transaction charges)
5SEBI chargesAgri: Rs. 1 / crore-
5SEBI chargesNon-agri: Rs. 5 / croreRs. 5 / crore
6Stamp charges0.002% or Rs. 200 / crore on buy side0.003% or Rs. 300 / crore on buy side

Securities Transaction Tax charged by Zerodha:

Securities Transaction Tax is a direct tax charged on purchase and sale of securities that are listed on the recognized stock exchanges in India. STT is always calculated on the Average Price.

The Security Transaction Tax (STT) is a charge that is only for the sell-side in intraday (charged at 0.025% of the average price traded) and F&O transactions as well. It will be charged on both sides (buy and sell) for Equity trades (charged at 0.1% of the average price transacted).

Note: Industry average charges are those that are mandatory charges applicable no matter what brokerage service you use. They are mandatory expenses and are minimum in cost. An Individual Investor/Trader need not bother about such expenses/charges.

Account Maintenance Charges (AMC) by Zerodha:

The Annual Maintenance Charge is now renamed to Account Maintenance Charge. The Account Maintenance Charge (AMC) is the cost to maintain your Demat account and thus, it is applicable only for the Demat account maintained by Zerodha, i.e. your trading account and commodity account will not have any maintenance charge.

  • Rs. 300 + 18% GST – For individuals, HUFs, NRIs, and partnership firms. Amounting Rs. 354 per year.
  • Rs. 1000 + 18% GST – For corporates, i.e. LLPs and private & public companies. Amounting Rs. 1,180 per year.  
  • For IL&FS Demat (accounts opened before 15th Sep 2015), it is Rs. 400 + 18% GST. Amounting Rs. 472 per year.

Note: The AMC is directly charged from your trading account balance once in a quarter. 

Based on the above charges. We can conclude that Zerodha is India’s top “Discount Brokerage service provider”. Zerodha charges a minimum amount (comparative to other similar service providers) and provides maximum benefits.

Zerodha Margin trading & Intraday Leverage details:

Sl.NoSegmentMargin
1Equity Delivery1x or no margin on CNC
2Equity Intraday (MIS)Up to 20x (depends upon the stock)
3Equity FutureIntraday - 40% (2.5x), CNC - 1x of Total margin (Span+ Exposure)
4Equity OptionsIntraday - 40% (2.5x), CNC - 1x of Total margin (Span+ Exposure)
5Currency FutureIntraday - 40% (2.5x), CNC - 1x of Total margin (Span+ Exposure)
6Currency OptionsIntraday - 40% (2.5x), CNC - 1x of Total margin (Span+ Exposure)
7Commodity FutureIntraday - 40% (2.5x), CNC - 1x of Span

Alternatives to Zerodha:

  1. Upstox
  2. 5Paisa

Zerodha Contact:

Zerodha Postal Address (registered post, speed post or courier).

Zerodha H. O, 

No.153/154 4th Cross Dollars Colony,

Opposite to Clarence Public School,

J.P Nagar 4th Phase, Bangalore – 560078

New Account Opening 

Timing: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

  • 080 4719 2020
  • 080 7117 5337

Customer Support

Timing: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

  • 080 4718 1888
  • 080 4718 1999
  • Phone: +91 80491 32020

Call and Trade (Call to trade)

Timing: 9:00 AM – 11:30 PM

  • 080 4718 1888

Note: You will be charged Rs 50 + 18% GST for every order & modification or cancellation request placed. The call & trade timings are from 9:00 AM to 11:55 PM.

Zerodha Complaints:

Sl.NoExchangeFinancial YearNumber of Clients*Complaints**Percentage of total clients
1NSE2020-2136,02,0748680.02%
2BSE2020-214,52,471190.00%
3NSE2019-2014,14,3764320.03%
4BSE2019-204,51,299250.01%
5NSE2018-198,87,2672650.03%
6BSE2018-192,34,716240.01%
7NSE2017-185,40,9053390.06%
8BSE2017-182,59,642280.01%
9NSE2016-171,65,586990.06%
10BSE2016-1730,690100.03%

Note:

  • (*) The number of active customers reported by the broker.
  • (**) The total number of complaints received against the broker at the given exchange.

FAQ’s – Zerodha review: 

  1. Is Zerodha good for beginners?
  2. Which is better, Zerodha or Upstox?
  3. Is Zerodha trustworthy?
  4. What is a 60 days challenge in Zerodha charges?
  5. Can I withdraw money from Zerodha on Saturday?
  6. Why do Zerodha withdrawals fail?
  7. Is Zerodha good for Trading?
  8. Why does the Zerodha server crash often?
  9. Is Zerodha free?
  10. Can I transfer money from Zerodha to a bank account?
  11. Which bank account is best for Zerodha?
  12. Does Zerodha charge for withdrawal?
  13. Does Zerodha charge AMC?
  14. Is my money safe with Zerodha?
  15. How many days will it take to open Zerodha account?
  16. Can I have 2 Zerodha accounts?
  17. Can we have 2 demat accounts?
  18. How can I open a Zerodha account for free?
  19. Which demat account is best in India?
  20. How do I buy shares?

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