Summary

Recommended for traders and investors focusing on the Indian market

Sharekhan is an India-based stockbroker founded in 2000. It is a subsidiary of French banking group BNP Paribas, which is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange. Sharekhan is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

Sharekhan is considered safe because its parent company has a banking background with a stock exchange listing; it has a long track record; and it is regulated by a top-tier regulator.

 

Overall Rating
3.5
Fees
0.5
Account opening
4.4
Deposit and withdrawal
2.5
Trading platform
4.3
Markets and products
2.0
Research
4.3
Customer service
4.4
Education
3.5

Sharekhan pros and cons

Sharekhan's mobile trading platform is user-friendly and well-equipped. The compay offers some solid research to assist your trading decisions, while its customer support team gives quick and useful answers.

On the other hand, Sharekhan gives you access only to Indian markets; and its stock and forex fees, while not excessive, are not very competitive on this market. Among other negatives, you can use only bank transfer for deposit and withdrawal.

Pros Cons
Great mobile trading platform Average to high trading fees
Strong research Only Indian markets available
Reliable customer service Funding only via bank transfer
Sharekhan main features and highlights
🗺️ Country of regulation India
💰 Trading fees class High
💰 Inactivity fee charged No
💰 Withdrawal fee amount $0
💰 Minimum deposit $0
🕖 Time to open an account 1-3 days
💳 Deposit with bank card Not available
👛 Depositing with electronic wallet Not available
💱 Number of base currencies supported 1
🎮 Demo account provided No
🛍️ Products offered Stock, ETF, Forex, Fund, Bond, Options, Futures

Sharekhan review
Fees

0.5
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Compare to its best reviewed alternative: Zerodha
Sharekhan charges no withdrawal fee or inactivity fee, but its stock and forex trading fees are not very competitive, and an account fee kicks in starting your second year.
Pros Cons
Low non-trading fees High trading fees
No withdrawal fee Not transparent fee structure
Account fee after one year
Sharekhan fees snapshot
Assets Fee level Fee terms
US stock - Not available
EURUSD - Not available
Mutual fund - Not available
Inactivity fee Low No inactivity fee

How we ranked fees

We ranked Sharekhan's fee levels as low, average or high based on how they compare to those of all reviewed brokers.

To get things rolling, let's go over some lingo related to broker fees. What you need to keep an eye on are trading fees, and non-trading fees.

In the sections below, you will find the most relevant fees of Sharekhan for each asset class. For example, in the case of stock investing the most important fees are commissions.

We also compared Sharekhan's fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, Zerodha and Interactive Brokers. This selection is based on objective factors such as products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc. See a more detailed rundown of Sharekhan alternatives.

To have a clear overview of Sharekhan, let's start with the trading fees.

Sharekhan trading fees

Sharekhan trading fees may not appear particularly high in a global comparison, but they're significantly higher than the fees charged by the company's closest competitors on the Indian market.

In another negative, the fee structure is not transparent at all. In what is a quite unusual practice among brokers, Sharekhan's website contains no official information about fees. It is possible to get this information only by contacting the customer support team, or by actually opening an account, after which you will receive some documents about pricing.

As Indian brokers usually offer only a few products, we compare these brokers by calculating all fees of a typical trade for selected popular products. We chose the following assets:

  • Reliance, one of the biggest Indian stocks by market cap
  • USDINR, a popular currency pair

We compared the fees for equity delivery trading in the case of Reliance, and currency futures trading in the case of USDINR. In our review, a typical trade means buying a position, holding it for one week, and then selling it. For the volume, we chose a $2,000 position for our stock trade, and $20,000 for the USDINR transaction.

This catch-all benchmark includes spreads, commissions and financing costs for all brokers.

According to this comparison, Sharekhan has relatively high stock fees and currency futures fees, especially when matched against Zerodha's commission-free Indian stock offer.

Sharekhan fees benchmarked
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Indian stock $4.0 $0.0 $0.2
USDINR benchmark fee $4.0 $0.6 -

Non-trading fees

Sharekhan has average non-trading fees. There is no inactivity fee or withdrawal fee. However, from the second year onward, you will be charged a maintenance fee of INR 400.

Sharekhan non-trading fees
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Account fee Yes Yes No
Inactivity fee No No Yes
Deposit fee $0 $0 $0
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $0

Sharekhan doesn’t charge any fees for Depository Participant (DP) transactions. The transfer of shares to and from a DP account is free.

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Account opening

4.4
To experience the account opening process, visit Sharekhan

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Account opening is fully digital and there is no minimum account balance. On the negative side, only Indian residents and non-resident Indians can open an account.
Pros Cons
Fully digital Only Indian residents and non-resident Indians can open an account
No minimum deposit
User-friendly

Can you open an account?

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Only Indian residents and non-resident Indians (NRI) can open an account.

What is the minimum deposit at Sharekhan?

The required Sharekhan minimum deposit is $0.

Account types

When opening an account at Sharekhan, the first step is to decide whether to open a Trading Account or an InstaMf Account. A Trading Account is for trading various assets from stocks to options, while InstaMF is for investing in mutual funds.

If you choose the Trading Account, you can pick one of the following four sub-account types.

  1. First Step (for beginners)
  2. Investor Classic (for investors)
  3. Trade Tiger (for active traders)
  4. Advisory (for high net worth individuals)

How to open your account

The account opening process is quite simple and efficient, and took two days in total. The process is as follows:

  1. Enter your name, phone number and email address on an online registration form.
  2. Next, you get a call or an email from a customer service agent, specifying the documents needed to open a trading account.
  3. The final step is verification, where you have to upload the required documents.

You have to upload the following documents (all documents should be self-attested):

  • A copy of your PAN card
  • Proof of residence - a copy of your aadhaar card, ration card, passport, driver's license, or a bank statement from the past 2 months
  • Savings account details - cheque leaf with name printed on it; or 2 copies of passbook first page and latest transaction entry; or latest bank statement 
  • A recent passport-sized photograph - 2 copies

If you want to trade futures or options, you need to go through another registration process, which also involves uploading any of the following documents:

  • Acknowledged copy of Income Tax Return (ITR)
  • Bank statements for the last 6 months
  • Latest salary slip
  • Copy of Form 16 for salaried individuals
  • Net worth certificate, duly certified by a chartered accountant
Sharekhan review - Account opening

Sharekhan review
Deposit and withdrawal

2.5
To find out more about the deposit and withdrawal process, visit Sharekhan

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Compare to its best reviewed alternative: Zerodha
Deposit and withdrawal at Sharekhan are free, but they're also somewhat limited, as there is only one base currency, and you can only use bank transfer.
Pros Cons
Free withdrawal Credit/Debit card not available
No deposit fee Only one account base currency

Account base currencies

At Sharekhan, you can only open an account in INR. This, while matching the offer of Indian rivals Zerodha, puts Sharekhan at a disadvantage compared with global competitors such as Interactive Brokers.

Base currencies at Sharekhan vs similar brokers
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Number of base currencies 1 1 19

Why does this matter? For two reasons. If you fund your trading account in the same currency as your bank account or you trade assets in the same currency as your trading account base currency, you don't have to pay a conversion fee.

A convenient way to save on currency conversion fees is by opening a multi-currency bank account at a digital bank. They both offer bank accounts in several currencies with great currency exchange rates as well as free or cheap international bank transfers. Opening an account only takes a few minutes on your phone.

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Deposit fees and options

Sharekhan charges no deposit fees. However, you can use only bank transfer.

Sharekhan deposit options
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/Debit card No Yes No
Electronic wallets No Yes No

A bank transfer can take several business days, while payment with a credit/debit card would be instant.

You can only deposit money from accounts that are in your name.

Sharekhan review - Deposit and withdrawal - Deposit

Sharekhan withdrawal fees and options

Sharekhan charges no withdrawal fees, but you can only use bank transfer, a common setup in this segment of the market.

Sharekhan withdrawal fees and options
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Bank Transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/Debit card No No No
Electronic wallets No No No
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $0

How long does it take to withdraw money from Sharekhan? We tested the bank transfer withdrawal and it took 1 business day.

You can only withdraw money to accounts that are in your name.

How do you withdraw money from Sharekhan? You can withdraw money from Sharekhan by following these steps:

  • Log in to your account
  • Click 'Accounts'
  • Choose 'Equity to bank'
  • Specify your withdrawal request

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Sharekhan review
Web trading platform

4.0
To try the web trading platform yourself, visit Sharekhan

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Compare to its best reviewed alternative: Zerodha
Sharekhan's web trading platform is user-friendly and looks really simple yet sophisticated. However, it lacks customization options and a clear fee report.
Pros Cons
User-friendly No clear fee report available
Two-step (safer) login Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
Good search function
Sharekhan platforms to choose from
Trading platform Score Available
Web 4.0 stars Yes
Mobile 5.0 stars Yes
Desktop 3.3 stars Yes

Sharekhan has an in-house developed web trading platform, called Sharekhan Website.

The web trading platform is available only in English.

Look and feel

The Sharekhan web trading platform is user-friendly and has many great features.

On the negative side, the platform is not customizable.

Sharekhan review - Web trading platform

Login and security

Sharekhan offers a two-step login procedure, which is safer than one-step login. You can set this feature if you unlock 2FA in your settings.

Search functions

The platform's search functions are good. If you start typing the name of a stock or any other product, you will be offered a list of auto-suggestions.

Sharekhan review - Web trading platform - Search

Placing orders

You can use the following order types:

  • Market
  • Limit
  • Stop-loss
  • Bracket
  • Bracket and Trailing

If you are not familiar with the basic order types, read this overview.

There are also order time limits you can use:

  • Good 'til Day (GTD)
  • Good 'til Time (GTT)
  • Immediate or Cancel (IOC)
Sharekhan review - Web trading platform - Order panel

Alerts and notifications

You can set alerts or notifications for stock prices, news, board meetings/AGMs or the latest company announcements, among others.

Portfolio and fee reports

Sharekhan has a clear portfolio report, but no fee report; in other words, you can't see how much commission you paid to the broker.

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Mobile trading platform

5.0
To try the mobile trading platform yourself, visit Sharekhan

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Compare to its best reviewed alternative: Zerodha
Sharekhan's mobile trading platform has the same clean look and user-friendly handling, and offers most of the same functionalities as the web trading platform.
Pros Cons
User-friendly None
Two-step (safer) login
Modern design

Sharekhan's mobile trading platform is available in English. The mobile application comes in two versions:

  • Sharekhan App is for Android and IOS users with access to a high-speed broadband network connection
  • Sharekhan Mini is for users with 2G connections, and is a more basic and lite version

In this review, we tested the Sharekhan App on IOS.

The mobile trading platform has the same search, order and login functions as the web platform.

Although Sharekhan's web and mobile trading platforms are very similar to each other, we assign a higher weight to simplicity and ease-of-use in the case of mobile trading platforms. That's why the Sharekhan mobile trading platform received a higher score than the web trading platform.

Sharekhan review - Mobile trading platform

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Desktop trading platform

3.3
To try the desktop trading platform yourself, visit Sharekhan

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Compare to its best reviewed alternative: Zerodha
Sharekhan's desktop trading platform offers great customizability, many order types and convenient search, but it's not well-designed, and lacks two-step login or a fee report.
Pros Cons
Good customizability (for charts, workspace) No clear fee report available
Good variety of order types No two-step (safer) login
Good search function Poor design

Sharekhan has an in-house developed desktop trading platform, called TradeTiger.

The desktop trading platform is available in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Tamil.

Look and feel

On the Sharekhan desktop trading platform, you can easily find all the important features, but the platform is also highly customizable. However, we didn't like the design, as it felt outdated.

Sharekhan review - Desktop trading platform

Login and security

TradeTiger requires only one-step login. A two-step login procedure would be more secure.

Search functions

The platform's search functions are good. If you start typing, an auto-suggestion list will appear with relevant equities or other assets.

Sharekhan review - Desktop trading platform - Search

Placing orders

You can use the same order types as on the web trading platform, but there are more order time limits:

  • Good 'til Canceled (GTC)
  • Good 'til Day (GTD)
  • Immediate or Cancel (IOC)
  • Fill or Kill (FOK)
  • Day+EXT
  • All or Nothing (AON)
Sharekhan review - Desktop trading platform - Order panel

Alerts and notifications

You can set the same alerts as on the web trading platform.

Portfolio and fee reports

Sharekhan has a clear portfolio report, but no similar fee report.

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Markets and products

2.0
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At Sharekhan, you can trade almost all asset classes, except CFDs and cryptos. On the negative side, only Indian markets are available.
Sharekhan asset classes
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Stock Yes Yes Yes
ETF Yes Yes Yes
Forex Yes Yes Yes
Fund Yes Yes Yes
Bond Yes Yes Yes
Options Yes Yes Yes
Futures Yes Yes Yes
CFD No No Yes
Crypto No No Yes

At Sharekhan, you can trade many asset classes, but the product selection within each asset class is often not very competitive.

Stocks and ETFs

Sharkehan gives access to two Indian stock exchanges, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). It is the same selection as that offered by Zerodha, but lags behind other rivals such as Interactive Brokers, where you have access to many stock exchanges globally, including also minor ones.

Sharekhan stock and ETF selection
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Stock markets (#) 2 2 78
ETFs (#) 130 66 13,000

Forex

At Sharekhan, you can trade currencies only as futures. There are only a few currency pairs available: EURINR, USDINR, JPYINR, EURUSD, GBPUSD and USDJPY. While its closest global competitor Interactive Brokers has a much wider forex offer, it doesn't offer currency pairs that include INR.

Sharekhan forex selection
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Currency pairs (#) 6 4 105

Funds

Sharekhan offers a decent selection of mutual fund providers.

Sharekhan mutual fund selection
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Fund providers (#) 50 39 260

Most of these are local fund providers, such as ICICI Prudential, but you will also find international fund providers like Goldman Sachs.

Bonds

Sharekhan also offers bonds, but there is no clear information on how many or what type of bonds you can trade.

Options

You can trade options on the NSE and MCX exchanges.

Sharekhan options selection
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Options markets (#) 2 2 33

Futures

You can trade futures on the same exchanges that are available for options trading.

Sharekhan futures selection
  Sharekhan Zerodha Interactive Brokers
Futures markets (#) 2 2 32

Sharekhan review
Research

4.3
To check the available research tools and assets, visit Sharekhan

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Sharekhan offers some great research, including trading recommendations, fundamental data and a useful interactive chart. However, its news flow could be improved.
Pros Cons
Good interactive chart Poor quality news
Trading ideas
Data on asset fundamentals

You can find research tools on both the web trading platform and the desktop trading platform.

Trading ideas

Sharekhan offers trading ideas. These can be found in research notes and reports, and are based largely on the asset's fundamentals.

Sharekhan review - Research - Recommendations

Fundamental data

Sharekhan also offers fundamental data. This includes information such as financial statements, balance sheets and various kinds of earnings ratios.

Sharekhan review - Research - Fundamental data

Charting

Sharekhan has good charting tools. You can easily edit the charts. There are also 70 technical indicators you can use, giving you fairly good options for analysis.

Sharekhan review - Research - Charting

News feed

You can find news items under the 'Market' tab, including market wraps, corporate news or macro data. You can also find relevant news under specific assets. The news flow is not very high quality, as most items are little more than brief snippets, with few details and no charts or visuals.

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Customer service

4.4
To find customer service contact information details, visit Sharekhan

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Compare to its best reviewed alternative: Zerodha
Customer support at Sharekhan is very good, offering fast responses in many languages. However, there is no 24/7 availability.
Pros Cons
Live chat No 24/7 support
Fast response time
Available in local languages

You can contact Sharekhan via:

  • live chat
  • telephone
  • email

Sharekhan operates a live chat. The relevancy of the answers was impressive. However, before asking any questions, you need to enter your personal information such as your name, phone number and email address.

Sharekhan phone support works well. Responses were accurate and we were connected quickly.

Via email, we received answers within a day most of the time, which is considered pretty fast. However, the answers were sometimes not the most relevant.

Sharekhan review - Customer Service

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Education

3.5
To check the available education material and assets, visit Sharekhan

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Sharekhan offers many ways to help you improve your financial knowledge, including platform tutorials, webinars or educational videos. We missed a demo account, however.
Pros Cons
Trading platform tutorial No demo account
Educational videos
Good production quality

At Sharekhan you can learn in the following ways:

  • Platform tutorial videos
  • General educational videos
  • Quality educational articles
  • Free workshops

You can find educational tools under the 'Education First' tab.

Among others, we liked the clear categorization of educational videos and articles: Mutual Funds, Personal Finance, Stock Investing and Trading.

The only feature we missed was a demo account, which would be a great way to familiarize yourself with the platform and market basics before starting to trade live.

Sharekhan review - Education

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Safety

To find out more about safety and regulation, visit Sharekhan

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Sharekhan is regulated by the SEBI and is one of the oldest online stockbrokers in India. It is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a banking background and is publicly listed.
Pros Cons
Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority No investor protection
Banking background No negative balance protection
Parent company listed on stock exchange

Is Sharekhan regulated?

Yes, it is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

Sharekhan is based in India and was founded in 2000.

Is Sharekhan safe?

To be certain, it is best to check two things: how you are protected if something goes wrong, and what the background of the broker is.

How you are protected

This is important for you because the investor protection amount and the regulator differ from entity to entity. This is not an issue in our case, though, as all Sharekhan customers are covered by Sharekhan BNP Paribas Financial Services Limited. Because of Sharekhan's status as a broker regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), clients are not eligible for any investor protection amount.

Sharekhan does not provide negative balance protection.

Background

Sharekhan was established in 2000 and is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas. The longer the track record of a broker, the more proof we have that it has successfully survived previous financial crises.

Parent company BNP Paribas has a banking background; as such, it is facing tougher regulation than brokers.

Furthermore, BNP Paribas is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange. It is a big plus for safety as the company releases financial statements regularly and transparently.

Having a parent company with a banking background and stock exchange listing, being in operation for a long time, and being regulated by a top-tier financial authority are all great signs for Sharekhan's safety.

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Bottom line

Visit Sharekhan if you are looking for further details and information

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Sharekhan is a decent stockbroker in India with a long history.

On the plus side, it has low non-trading fees, the mobile trading app is great, and the company offers superb customer service and useful research tools.

There are some drawbacks though. You can only access Indian markets, trading fees are not the best, and you can use only bank transfer to deposit or withdraw money. 

As there is no inactivity fee, no account fee in the first year, and the mobile app is easy to use, we encourage you to give Sharekhan a try.

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FAQ

We recommend Sharekhan for traders and investors focusing on the indian market.

Below you can find links to all aspects of Sharekhan in this comprehensive collection.

Lower fees, lower costs?

We detailed this in our Sharekhan fees article.

What about the minimum deposit?

Our ultimate guide to the Sharekhan minimum deposit is updated regularly.

How to start your Sharekhan account?

Look no further than our evaluation of the Sharekhan account opening.

How's their trading app?

Here's our expert view after checking the Sharekhan trading app.

Is the quality of customer service satisfactory?

All you need to know about the Sharekhan customer service.

Legit or scam?

Is Sharekhan legit features all the key aspects you need to look at to see if a broker is safe and legit.

Free or premium? Or both?

A glance at actual costs and whether Sharekhan is really free.

Is this broker good for beginners?

We checked it in Is Sharekhan good for beginners.

Should you buy your silver bullets on Sharekhan?

Research for silver bugs in the Silver buy on Sharekhan guide

I want to trade options, are they available at Sharekhan?

We explored the topic in Can you trade options on Sharekhan?

What is the minimum account balance at Sharekhan?

Check out the current account balance requirements at Sharekhan in our What is the minimum account balance at Sharekhan article.

Looking for commission and fees data for Sharekhan?

We collected them in Sharekhan commission and fees.

How do you withdraw money from Sharekhan?

We tested it and collected the options and costs in How to withdraw money on Sharekhan.

Author of this review

Gergely Korpos

Author of this review

Gergely is the co-founder and CPO of BrokerChooser. His aim is to make personal investing crystal clear for everybody. Gergely has 10 years of experience in the financial markets. He concluded thousands of trades as a commodity trader and equity portfolio manager.

Gergely Korpos

Co-founder, CPO

Gergely is the co-founder and CPO of BrokerChooser. His aim is to make personal investing crystal clear for everybody. Gergely has 10 years of experience in the financial markets. He concluded thousands of trades as a commodity trader and equity portfolio manager.

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