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Sharekhan Review 2019

4.2 4 stars · Jun 2019
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Sharekhan was founded in 2000 and it is India-based stockbroker. Sharekhan is subsidiary of BNP Paribas which has a banking background and listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange. It is also 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, has a long track record, and regulated by a top-tier regulator.

 

Recommended for traders and investors focusing on the Indian market.

Pros
  • Great mobile trading platform
  • Reliable customer service
  • Outstanding research
Cons
  • High trading fees
  • Access to only Indian markets
  • Only bank transfer

Sharekhan pros and cons

Sharekhan has a user-friendly and well-equipped mobile trading platform. The customer support team gives quick and relevant answers. The research tools cover a lot of tools and they have a high quality.

Sharekhan has high trading fees. You will get access only to Indian markets. For deposit and withdrawal, you can use only bank transfer.

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Fees 2 stars

Sharekhan has high trading and average non-trading fees.
Pros
  • No withdrawal fee
  • No inactivity fee
Cons
  • High trading fees
  • Not transparent fee structure
  • Account fee of INR 400
Sharekhan Fees snapshot
Assets Fee level Fee terms
US stock fee - Not available
EURUSD fee - Not available
US tech fund fee - Not available
Inactivity fee Low No inactivity fee

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 relating to broker fees. What you need to keep an eye on are trading fees, financing rates, and non-trading fees.

We also compared Sharekhan's fees with those of two similar brokers we selected, Interactive Brokers and Saxo Bank. This selection is based on factors like products offered, client profile, fee structure, etc.

Let's start with the trading fees.

Trading fees

Sharekhan trading fees are high. It was very very strange that on the website there was no official information about the fees. You could get information only if you contact the customer support team or after you opened an account you get some documents about the pricing.

As Indian brokers usually offer only a few products, we compare brokers by calculating all fees of a typical trade for two assets.

For the assets we chose cleverly and arbitrarily:

  • Reliance, a large Indian stock
  • USDINR, a popular currency pair

We compared the fees for an equity delivery trading in case of Reliance and currency futures trading at USDINR. The typical trade means buying a position, holding for one week, and selling it. For the volume, we chose a $2,000 position for the stocks and $20,000 for the EURUSD.

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

Here is the verdict. Sharekhan has average stock fees and high currency futures fees. Saxo Bank doesn't give access to Indian markets, while Interactive Brokers gives access to only Indian stocks.

Sharekhan fees benchmarked
  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Reliance benchmark fee $0.4 $0.7 -
USDINR benchmark fee $4.0 - -

Financing rates

Financing rates are charged when you hold your leveraged positions for more than a day. It can be a significant proportion of your trading costs.

We didn't find any information about financing rates at Sharekhan and the customer support couldn't tell us either. It is not transparent at all.

Non-trading fees

Sharekhan has low non-trading fees. There is no inactivity fee and withdrawal fee. However, from the second year onwards you need to have a maintenance fee of INR 400.

Sharekhan non-trading fees
  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Account fee Yes No No
Inactivity fee No Yes Yes
Withdrawal fee $0 $0 $0

It doesn’t charge for any Depository Participant (DP) transactions. The transfer of share from and to the DP account is free.

Sharekhan review
Account opening 4 stars

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
  • Fully digital account opening
  • No minimum account balance
  • User-friendly
Cons
  • Only Indian resident and non-resident Indian can open an account

Can you open an account?

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

What is the minimum deposit at Sharekhan?

The required Sharekhan minimum deposit is $0.

Account types

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

If you choose the Trading Account, you can choose 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

Account opening process is quite simple and efficient and took only two days. The process is as follows:

  1. There is an online registration in which you provide your name, telephone number and email id.
  2. You get a call or an email from the customer service agent for the documents you need to open a trading account.
  3. The last step is the verification where you have to upload a lot of documents.

You have to upload the following documents and all documents should be self-attested.

  • Pan card copy
  • Proof of residence - a copy of aadhar card, ration card, passport, driving license, bank statement not more than 2 months old
  • Saving account detail - cheque leaf with name printed on it or 2 copies of passbook first page & latest transaction entry or latest bank statement 
  • Latest passport size photograph - 2 copies

If you want to trade with futures and options, you have to make an additional registration. After that, you have to upload any of the following documents:

  • Acknowledged copy of ITR
  • Bank statement for last 6 months
  • Latest salary slip
  • Copy of form 16 in case of salaried individuals
  • Net worth certificate duly certified by a chartered accountant
Sharekhan review - Account opening

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Deposit and withdrawal 3 stars

For the withdrawal and deposits, Sharekhan doesn't charge any fees. However, you can only use bank transfers and there is only one base currency.
Pros
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
Cons
  • Credit/Debit card deposit and withdrawal not available
  • Only one account base currency

Account base currencies

At Sharekhan, you can have only your account in INR. This offer lags behind the competitors' base currency offers.

Base currencies at Sharekhan vs similar brokers
  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Number of base currencies 1 21 32

Why does this matter? Two things. First, if you fund your account in the same currency as your bank account, you won't be charged a currency conversion fee. Second, if you trade assets in the same currency as your account base currency, you will not have to pay a conversion fee.

A convenient way to save on the currency conversion fees can be to open a multi-currency bank account. Revolut or Transferwise both offer bank accounts in several currencies with great currency exchange rates as well as free or cheap international bank transfers. The account opening 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 Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/Debit card No No Yes
Electronic wallets No No No

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

Sharekhan review - Deposit and withdrawal - Deposit

Withdrawal fees and options

Sharekhan charges no withdrawal fees, but you can use only bank transfer. This is similar to competitors.

Sharekhan withdrawal fees and options
  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
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 in your name.

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

  • Login into your account
  • Choose the option of accounts
  • Choose equity to bank
  • Raise the request for transfer money from your equity account to your bank account

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Sharekhan review
Web trading platform 4 stars

Web trading platform is user-friendly and looks really simple yet sophisticated. However, it lacks customization and clear fee report.
Pros
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safe) login
  • Good search function
Cons
  • No clear fee report available
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
Sharekhan Platforms to Choose From
Trading platform Score Available
Web 4 / 5 stars Yes
Mobile 5 / 5 stars Yes
Desktop 3 / 5 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 a lot of good features.

On the negative side, the platform is not customizable.

Sharekhan review - Web trading platform

Login and security

Sharekhan provides a two-step login. It is safer than a one-step login.

You can set this feature if you unlock 2FA.

Search functions

The search functions are good. Once you enter three words of the equity or any products, it will come up with auto-suggestion for the relevant products.

 

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 alert for notifications such as stock price, news, board meetings (AGM), the latest announcements in the company, etc.

Portfolio and fee reports

Sharekhan has a clear portfolio report, however, fee reports are missing. You can't see how much commission you paid to the broker.

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Mobile trading platform 5 stars

Sharekhan's mobile trading platform has the same look, user-friendliness, and almost the same functionalities than the web trading platform.
Pros
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safe) login
  • Looks nice
Cons
  • Limited order types

The mobile trading platform is available in English. There are two types of mobile application:

  • Sharkhan App: It is for Android and IOS users with a high-speed broadband or network connection
  • Sharekhan Mini: This application is for users with 2G connections and is a more basic and lite version.

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

Though the web and the mobile trading platforms are really similar to each other, we overweight simplicity and easy-handling at mobile trading platforms. That is why Sharekhan mobile trading platform has a bit higher score than the web trading platform.

Sharekhan review - Mobile trading platform

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Desktop trading platform 3 stars

Sharekhan's desktop trading platform is highly customizable, offers many order types, and has a good search function. On the negative side, it is not well-designed, lacks two-step login, and doesn't provide a clear fee report.
Pros
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Good variety of order types
  • Good search function
Cons
  • No clear fee report available
  • No two-step (safe) login
  • Does not look nice

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

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

Look and feel

The Sharekhan desktop trading platform is highly customizable and you can easily find the features.

We didn't like the design as it felt outdated.

Sharekhan review - Desktop trading platform

Login and security

Sharekhan's Trade Tiger provides only a one-step login. A two-step login would be more secure.

Search functions

The search functions are good. If you write a few words the auto-suggestion will start suggesting the relevant equities or asset types

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 end of the 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 price alerts as on the web trading platform.

Portfolio and fee reports

Sharekhan has a clear portfolio report, however, a clear fee report is missing.

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Markets and products 1 stars

At Sharekhan you can trade with almost all asset classes, except bond, CFD, and crypto. On the negative side, it gives access only to Indian markets.
  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Stock Yes Yes Yes
ETF Yes Yes Yes
Forex Yes Yes Yes
Fund Yes Yes No
Bond Yes Yes Yes
Options Yes Yes Yes
Futures Yes Yes Yes
CFD No Yes Yes
Crypto No Yes Yes

At Sharekhan, you can trade with a lot of asset classes, however, within each asset classes, it lags behind the competitors.

Stock and ETF

Sharkehan gives access to two Indian stock exchanges, the National stock exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). 

It lags behind Interactive Brokers and Saxo Bank which give access to a lot of stock exchanges globally, including minor ones.

  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Stock markets (#) 2 74 36
ETFs (#) 130 20,000 3,100

Forex

At Sharkehan, you can trade with currencies only as futures. There are only a few currency pairs provided: EURINR, USDINR, JPYINR, EURUSD, GBPUSD, USDJPY.

Interactive Brokers and Saxo Bank have a much wider forex offer. However, they don't provide currency pairs crossed with INR.

  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Currency pairs (#) 6 105 182

Fund

You will find enough number of mutual fund providers. It is not as much as at Interactive Brokers. Saxo Bank doesn't offer mutual funds.

  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Fund providers (#) 49 200 -

These fund providers cover mostly local mutual fund providers, like ICICI Prudential but you will also find international fund providers, like Goldman Sachs.

Bond

Sharekhan offers bonds, but there is no clear information which bonds you can trade with.

Options

You can trade with options on NSE and MCX stock exchanges. This offer is similar to Saxo Bank's offer but lags behind Interactive Brokers.

  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Options markets (#) 2 45 5

Futures

You can trade on the same stock exchanges as at options.

  Sharekhan Interactive Brokers Saxo Bank
Futures markets (#) 2 36 23

Sharekhan review
Research 4 stars

Sharekhan's research is great. You get clear recommendations, can access to fundamental data, and use a good interactive chart.
Pros
  • Good interactive chart
  • Analyst recommendations for stocks, bonds, etc.
  • Data on asset fundamentals
Cons
  • Poor quality news

You can find research tools in both web trading platform as well as the desktop trading platform.

Trading ideas

Sharekhan provides trading ideas.

Trading ideas can be found in research and reports and are based on the fundamental of the requested company.

Sharekhan review - Research - Recommendations

Fundamental data

Sharekhan offers fundamental data. The fundamental data includes information such as financial statements, balance sheet, Cash flow statement and various kind of ratios

Sharekhan review - Research - Fundamental data

Charting

Sharekhan has good charting tools. You can easily edit the charts. There are also use 70 technical indicators you can use. It is a good offer.

Sharekhan review - Research - Charting

News feed

You can find the latest news related to market, stocks, funds. You can also find more relevant news in the specific asset.

The news is not high-quality ones and we could not find any charts or details.

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Customer service 5 stars

Customer support is very good at Sharekhan. You can reach out to them in many languages, but there is no 24/7 availability.
Pros
  • Live chat
  • Available in local languages
  • Relevant telephone support in local language and pretty fast
Cons
None

You can contact Sharekhan via:

  • live chat
  • telephone
  • email

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

Sharekhan phone support works well. It was accurate and we got a response quickly

On email, we got and answers in a day which is pretty fast. The answers were sometimes not the most relevant.

Sharekhan review - Customer Service

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Education 4 stars

To improve your financial knowledge, Sharekhan has a lot to offer. You can learn from their tutorials, attend webinars, or watch educational videos. We missed the demo account.
Pros
  • Trading platform tutorial videos
  • Educational videos
  • Good production quality
Cons
  • No demo account

At Sharekhan you can learn in the following ways:

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

You can find the educational tools below Education First section.

We liked the categorization of educational videos and articles: Mutual Funds, Personal Finance, Stock Investing, Trading

Sharekhan review - Education

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Safety

Sharekhan is regulated by the SEBI and is one of the oldest online stock brokers in India. Sharekhan is the subsidiary of BNP Paribas which has a banking background and listed on a stock exchange.
Pros
  • Regulated by top tier financial authority
  • Banking background
  • Parent company listed on stock exchange
Cons
  • No negative balance protection

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 this case as all the customers are covered by Sharekhan BNP Paribas Financial Services Limited. Because of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) regulation, the clients are not eligible for any investor protection amount.

Sharekhan does not provide negative balance protection.

Background

Sharekhan was established in 2000 and is the 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.

Sharekhan's parent company is BNP Paribas. BNP Paribas has a banking background, as such, it is facing tougher regulation than brokers.

Furthermore, the parent company, BNP Paribas is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange. It is a big plus for safety as financial statements regularly and transparently released.

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

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Bottom line

Sharekhan is a decent stock broker in India with a long history.

On the plus side, it has a great mobile trading platform, has superb customer service, and offers a lot of research tools.

There are some drawbacks though. The trading fees are high, you will get access only to Indian markets, and you can use only bank transfer. 

As there is no inactivity fee and if you are prone to pay a bit higher price for wide and great services, feel free to try Sharekhan.

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 credit 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, Options, Futures

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Sharekhan was founded in 2000 and it is India-based stockbroker. Sharekhan is subsidiary of BNP Paribas which has a banking background and listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange. It is also 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, has a long track record, and regulated by a top-tier regulator.

 

Recommended for traders and investors focusing on the Indian market.

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Overall 4 stars

Pros
  • Great mobile trading platform
  • Reliable customer service
  • Outstanding research
Cons
  • High trading fees
  • Access to only Indian markets
  • Only bank transfer

Fees 2 stars

Pros
  • No withdrawal fee
  • No inactivity fee
Cons
  • High trading fees
  • Not transparent fee structure
  • Account fee of INR 400

Account opening 4 stars

Pros
  • Fully digital account opening
  • No minimum account balance
  • User-friendly
Cons
  • Only Indian resident and non-resident Indian can open an account

Deposit and withdrawal 3 stars

Pros
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
Cons
  • Credit/Debit card deposit and withdrawal not available
  • Only one account base currency

Web trading platform 4 stars

Pros
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safe) login
  • Good search function
Cons
  • No clear fee report available
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)

Mobile trading platform 5 stars

Pros
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safe) login
  • Looks nice
Cons
  • Limited order types

Desktop trading platform 3 stars

Pros
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Good variety of order types
  • Good search function
Cons
  • No clear fee report available
  • No two-step (safe) login
  • Does not look nice

Markets and products 1 stars

The available asset classes to trade:

  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Forex
  • Fund
  • Options
  • Futures

Research 4 stars

Pros
  • Good interactive chart
  • Analyst recommendations for stocks, bonds, etc.
  • Data on asset fundamentals
Cons
  • Poor quality news

Customer service 5 stars

Pros
  • Live chat
  • Available in local languages
  • Relevant telephone support in local language and pretty fast
Cons
None

Education 4 stars

Pros
  • Trading platform tutorial videos
  • Educational videos
  • Good production quality
Cons
  • No demo account

Safety

Pros
  • Regulated by top tier financial authority
  • Banking background
  • Parent company listed on stock exchange
Cons
  • No negative balance protection

AUTHOR OF THIS REVIEW

Gergely Korpos
Gergely Korpos
Co-founder, CPO
Gergely's aim is to bring more clarity into personal investing. He has 10 years of experience in financial markets with GE Money, KPMG and MOL. He concluded thousands of trades as a commodity trader and financial portfolio manager

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