Frequently asked questions about

What are the documents required for getting a personal loan?

Document requirement usually depends upon the lender's policy. Standard documents that are required are:
  • 1. PAN
  • 2. Aadhaar / DL/Voter id
  • 3. Bank Statement 3/6 months
  • 4. Salary Slips (for Salaried)
  • 5. ITR / Form 16
  • 6. Company ID card/ Appointment Letter etc
  • 7.Any other document may be asked for by the lender
  • What is the amount of personal loan that I can get?

    The loan amount depends upon your income and current obligations. In general, the EMI amount should range from 30% - 60% of your monthly earnings. The minimum and maximum loan offered by our partners is 50,000 to 75 lacs.

    Why is a personal loan better than cash withdrawal from a credit card?

    A personal loan is better than a credit card cash withdrawal.
    Credit cards usually charge transaction charges for every cash withdrawal.
    Cash withdrawn from a Credit card needs to be paid very soon in full whereas personal loans need to be repaid in monthly EMIs.
    Some credit cards charge interest on cash withdrawal which may be as high as 48% per annum depending on the credit card you use.

    What are the major factors to be considered while applying for a Personal Loan?

    Major factors to be evaluated before applying for a Personal Loan are:-
  • Credit Score - It is important to have a healthy credit score of 750 plus to get the desired loan amount and a better interest rate.
  • Interest Rates:-Interest rate charged by a lender ranges from 11% to 24%. The interest rate has an impact on the total repayment and EMI amount.
  • Loan Tenure :- Loan tenure ranges from 12 months to 84 months. The longer the period, the higher the total repayment amount and lower the EMI amount and vice-a-versa.
  • Processing Fee :- Loan processing fee ranges from 1% to 3%. The processing fee impacts the amount you receive in your bank account. The higher the processing fee, the lower the net amount received in your bank and vice-a-versa.
  • Customer Support :-Choose the lender offering you a multi-channel customer support
  • Hidden Charges :-There may be some hidden charges like:-
  • Prepayment Charges :- Some institutions charge you for paying your loan early, so choose the lender offering you a zero or lower Prepayment charges.
  • EMI Bounce Charges :- When you fail to pay an EMI, lenders charge bounce penalty charges as well as penal interest for the unpaid EMI.
  • Can I repay my loan earlier?

    Some lenders allow prepayment of the loan in parts and some in full. However, they may charge some prepayment fee for that. You should read loan documents to remain updated about the same.

    Does my credit score have any impact on my loan offers?

    Yes, a credit score is the main deciding factor for loan offers, loan amount, interest rate, loan tenure, processing fee etc. The better the credit score, the better offer you will receive from a lender. Some lenders do not extend loans to a person having a credit score below a certain amount.

    How much time does it take to get a loan?

    It depends upon the mode of processing the application. When the application is processed online through the FinMapp app, you can receive the amount in your account in approximately 3-4 working days. However, if the application is processed manually/physically like secured loans, then the disbursement can take up to 7-15 days.

    For what purpose can I take a personal loan?

    A personal loan comes with a multitude of options, i.e. you can use the amount for any purpose like travelling, marriage, renovation, repair, education etc. However, the amount should not be used for any illegal purpose.

    What is the process of applying for a personal loan?

    First, you need to download the FinMapp app. Then you need to log in using your email Id. After login in, you need to create your profile. Then from the dashboard, you can click on loan>> personal loan. After following all the steps and filling the required information, you will see the best offers for you which match your profile and credit score. You need to select the bank to which you need to apply. After selecting the bank, your application is submitted to the partner bank for approval.

    How can I repay my loan?

    Every month an EMI will be debited from your primary account, generally a salary account or a primary business account. You can also prepay the loan by making a lump sum payment if the lender allows the same. However, the lender may charge additional pre closure charges for the same.

    What is the processing fee? Is this charged in addition to the interest?

    Processing fee is the one-time fee charged by lenders to cover expenditures incurred while processing a loan application. Yes, a processing fee is charged in addition to the interest amount.

    Can I change my EMI date?

    Yes, you can change the EMI date after putting a request to the partner bank directly.

    Do I need to provide any security/collateral?

    A personal loan is unsecured. Hence you need not provide any security/collateral.

    What is the repayment tenure for a Personal Loan?

    The repayment tenure is different for different banks/NBFCs. It ranges from 12 months to 84 months.

    If my application is rejected by the lender, can I reapply?

    Yes, if your application gets rejected by a lender, you can always apply for a loan from another lender immediately if the FinMapp app suggests you. However, you cannot reapply to the same lender for a period of 12 months. You will receive a notification for the same in your FinMapp mobile app.

    What is a business loan? Is it different from a personal Loan?

    A business loan is a kind of personal loan extended to a business owner, i.e. non-salaried applicant. Generally, business loans are the same as personal loans. However, some lenders may restrict the end-use of business loans.

    Can I apply to multiple lenders at the same time?

    No, FinMapp does not allow you to apply to multiple lenders at the same time. You can only apply to one lender, and if your application gets rejected from that lender, you can apply to another lender, but not simultaneously.
    Still have a question? Contact us: info@finmapp.com

    Frequently asked questions about

    What Is term insurance?

    Term Insurance is a policy that supports the insured's family financially in case of the unfortunate death of the insured during the policy term. It is a fixed premium limited time policy which means the premium is set at the initial stage of the policy and is payable during the policy term.

    Do I get my money back after the insurance has expired?

    No, in a vanilla term insurance policy, the insurance company pays the money to the nominee after the unfortunate death of the insured. However, there are policies in which the insured gets some money back after the expiry of the term period. A premium for such policies is usually higher than the standard term plan.

    Is there any benefit of buying term insurance at an early age?

    Yes, one of the major factors deciding the premium is the age of the insured. At a young age, the premium is lower. In term plans, the premium is fixed when buying the policy and usually remains unchanged.

    How many types of terms plans available in India?

    How many types of term plans are available in India?
  • 1. Level Term Plans
  • 2. TROP
  • 3. Increasing Term Plan
  • 4. Decreasing Term Plan
  • 5. Convertible Term Plans
  • What is a Level Term Plan?

    This is the most basic type of term plan, in which the premium and the sum assured remain fixed during the policy term, and the amount is payable to nominees after the death of the insured.

    What is TROP?

    TROP stands for Term Plan with Return of Premium. Under this plan, a certain sum is repaid to the insured if he/she survives the policy term. In this plan, the premium is higher than Level Term Plans.

    What is Increasing Term Plan?

    In this plan, the insured can get an increased sum insured every year for the same premium as fixed in the initial year. The premium of these plans is usually higher than the Level term Plans.

    What is Decreasing Term Plan?

    This plan is the opposite of the Increasing Term Plan. In this plan, some assured amount gets reduced every year. This plan is suitable for a person taking term insurance mainly to meet his unpaid liabilities like loans.

    What is convertible term plan?

    These plans can be converted into any other plan.

    Can I take multiple term insurance simultaneously?

    Yes, you can.

    Who is eligible to take term insurance?

    Any person between the age of 18 yrs to 65 years can buy term insurance.

    Can I take loan against my term plan?

    Generally, a loan facility is not available against term insurance.

    I consume tobacco. Can I take term insurance?

    Yes, a person consuming tobacco regularly can also take term insurance. However, the premium will be higher as compared to non-tobacco consuming people.

    What are the different payout methods available under term insurance?

    There are majorly three kinds of payout structure:
  • 1. Lum sum single payment.
  • 2. Some portion as a lump sum and balance in monthly/quarterly/ half-yearly/ yearly instalments.
  • 3. Entire some in monthly/quarterly/ half-yearly/ yearly instalments.
  • Is suicide covered under term insurance?


    Can I pay my premium in instalments?

    Yes. Besides the yearly payment option, premium can be paid in monthly/quarterly/half-yearly instalments.

    In case of accidental death, will the nominee be able to receive the sum assured even if no accidental death rider is taken?


    How important is the information provided in the application/proposer form?

    Proposer/Application form is an essential document. It forms a basis for underwriting your policy and premium offering. Any false information in the proposer form may lead to denial of a claim.

    What documents are generally required to be submitted in case of death of the life assured while the policy is in force?

    The basic documents that are generally required are:
  • 1. Death certificate
  • 2. Claim form
  • 3. Policy bond
  • Other optional documents such as medical attendant's certificate, hospital certificate, employer's certificate, police inquest report, post mortem report etc., may also be required. The claim requirements are usually disclosed in the policy bond.
  • Still have a question? Contact us: info@finmapp.com

    Frequently asked questions about
    Free Credit Score

    What is a credit score?

    A credit score shows your creditworthiness. It gives lenders a basic idea about your credit performance, like past loans, repayment history, etc. It generally ranges between 300-900, 300 being the lowest and mostly not considered to extend a loan or credit card to you, and 900 being the highest. Usually, a score above 700 is deemed to be appropriate to extend loans and credit cards.

    Are Crif and CIBIL same?

    There are 4 Credit bureaus operational in India namely Crif Highmark , CIBIL, Equifax and Experian.

    What are the different types of Mutual Funds?

    There are four types of Mutual Funds:
  • 1. Equity Funds
  • 2. Debt Mutual Funds
  • 3. ELSS Funds
  • 4. Index Funds
  • Are scores fetched from CIBIL and Crif the same?

    Theoretically, scores from all the credit bureaus should be the same. However, those scores may not be the same in practice as all the credit bureaus have different evaluation criteria.

    Does fetching a free credit report from FinMapp affect my credit score?

    No. Fetching a free credit score from the FinMapp application is similar to fetching a credit report by you. It does not show up as an inquiry in your credit report, hence does not impact your credit score.

    Which factors impact the credit score?

    The main factors impacting the credit score are:
    1. Credit History:- Means ageing of your credit history, i.e. for how long you are taking loans or using credit cards. Longer the credit history, higher the score and vice-a-versa.
    2. Repayment history :- Means how timely you are repaying your obligations. Failure to pay your dues has a negative impact on your credit score, whereas timely payments impact your score positively.
    3. No of Enquiries:- Frequent credit enquiries affect your credit score negatively.
    4. Credit Mix:- A good mix of different types of loans like personal loans, home loans, gold loans, credit cards have a positive impact on your credit score.
    5. Credit Utilization:- Lower the credit utilization, higher the credit score and vice-a-versa.
    6. New Credit Accounts:- Taking several new loans in a short period affects your score negatively.

    What is a CRIF Credit Score?

    It is a three-digit number that gives a bank or a lender a sense of your creditworthiness, i.e. whether you have been repaying your dues regularly or not. If the credit score is good, then the lender understands that you have used loans or credit cards in the past and have repaid all the dues properly and regularly. This makes the lender comfortable to approve your current application for a loan or credit card.
    CRIF credit score generally ranges between 300-900. 300 is the lowest score indicating a poor credit score, and 900 is the highest score possible. A score above 700 is usually considered good.

    Does my credit score get updated on FinMapp regularly?

    Yes, your credit score gets updated every 90 days.

    What is a CRIF credit information report (CIR)?

    A credit report represents a comprehensive credit profile of a borrower. This includes, for example, personal information (e.g. borrower's name, ID number, date of birth etc.) and a credit summary (e.g. credit accounts held by borrower, whether accounts are current/past due, and a record of recent credit enquiries made about the borrower).

    What is meant by a blank CRIF Credit Report?

    In case we could not locate any credit history in our database with the entered inquiry details, you will get an NH which means No History.

    When do I get a score of 11-18?

    Under the following situations, you are likely to receive a score between 11-18:
    1. Eleven is not a score, it's an exclusion code and is given to an individual who has more than 50 Active Accounts.
    2. Twelve is not a score, it's an exclusion code and is given to an individual we were unable to classify.
    3. Fourteen is not a score, it's an exclusion code and is given to that individual who has no previous credit history but has given a guarantee for a loan.
    4. Fifteen is not a score, it's an exclusion code and is given to an individual whose sufficient credit history is not available.
    5. Sixteen is not a score, it's an exclusion code and is given to an individual whose all accounts are closed before 36 months and have not taken any new loan in the past 36 months from the date of inquiry.
    6. Seventeen is not a score, it's an exclusion code and is given when there is not enough information available on the customer.
    7. Eighteen is not a score, it's an exclusion code and is given when no update against an individual is received in the past 36 months.

    What factors affect my CRIF Credit Score?

    FIVE important factors affect your CRIF Credit score:
    1. Payment History: How often do you repay your EMIs or card dues on time? Late payments lead to a lower credit score.
    2. High Credit Utilization:How much of your total credit have you used? An increase in the current balance of your credit card indicates an increased repayment burden and may negatively affect your score.
    3. Length of Credit History:How long have you had credit history? A long history of responsible credit use will likely lead to a higher score.
    4. Credit Mix:Do you have more than one loan? Having experience with different types of loans (e.g. a car loan, home loan or a credit card) can help your score.
    5. New credit:Have you opened new credit lines lately? Opening several accounts in a short period can lower your credit score.

    Have a complaint/dispute with your CRIF high mark credit information report (CIR)?

    Refer to the CRIF High Mark Reference Number in your CIR. (This is the number present in your CRIF High Mark CIR after the label HM Ref #: in the TOP RIGHT corner of your CRIF High Mark CIR) :
    1. Send an email to crifcare@crifhighmark.com. (Or reach us at @ 020 67157709/42/71/79) with CRIF High Mark Reference Number in the SUBJECT LINE. Mention details about your complaint in the mail such as (Serial number of the account in the CIR, account information being complained, etc.), your contact number & name.
    2. CRIF High Mark will send you a ticket number to refer to in further discussions with CRIF High Mark.
    3. CRIF High Mark shall, within 30 DAYS of receiving your complaint, based on the results of the investigation into your reported complaint, EITHER furnish a corrected CIR to the credit institution which made the original inquiry with CRIF High Mark, in case the reported inaccuracy is due to CRIF High Mark process OR seek corrected credit information, in case the reported inaccuracy is due to data contributed by the credit institution.
    4. Once the above process is completed, CRIF High Mark will close the ticket number corresponding to your complaint. The supervising authority (i.e. Financial Institute of India) is the consumer to whom the information pertains.

    How can I improve my CRIF Credit Score?

    You can improve your CRIF credit Score by maintaining a good credit history, which is essential for loan approvals by lenders. Follow these seven steps which will help you better your score:
    1.Pay your dues on time: Clear your outstanding dues on time. When you spend from your credit card, make sure you don't just pay the minimum amount required to continue the usage but pay in full or the maximum amount you can afford for that month.
    2. Cut your Credit Cards: A better way to increase your credit limit and decrease the spend ratio is to have no more than three credit cards at a time.
    3. Use your Credit Card responsibly:It is a good practice to use your Credit card with the thumb rule that you restrict your spending up to 30-35% of your credit limit.
    4. Old is gold: Do not hasten to erase your records from the accounts once you have paid your dues in full because a trail of paying EMIs on time is a score booster.
    5. Limit your loan applications: Do not hasten to re-apply with another bank as they would be able to see your rejection by the previous bank. This could further hurt your credit score & make things worse.
    6. Be cautious with inquiries: You don't want to reflect that you are continuously seeking excessive credit; apply for new credit cautiously.
    7. Keep a track of your Score: Regularly checking your credit score is a good and harmless practice. It helps you keep a check on your financial health and accordingly devise adequate measures to rectify it. You can check your Credit score for FREE and obtain a detailed report by availing CRIF services.
    Still have a question? Contact us: info@finmapp.com

    Frequently asked questions about
    Mutual Funds

    What is Mutual Funds?

    As the name suggests, mutual funds are funds where money from different investors gets pooled and invested by professional fund managers into different asset classes like Shares, Bonds, Currencies, Gold, Silver, Government Securities etc.

    What is NAV?

    NAV refers to Net Asset Value. It is the current value of Total Asset reduced by the current value of total liabilities divided by the total number of outstanding units. The AMC declares NAV on a daily basis. Based on NAV, an investor can assess the performance of his investments.

    What are the different types of Mutual Funds?

    There are four types of Mutual Funds:
  • 1. Equity Funds
  • 2. Debt Mutual Funds
  • 3. ELSS Funds
  • 4. Index Funds
  • What is an equity fund?

    As the name suggests, an equity mutual fund is a fund that invests predominantly in shares of different companies. A fund is classified as an equity fund where more than 60% of the total assets are invested in the equity shares. These are also referred to as Growth Funds.

    What is a Debt Fund?

    Debt funds predominantly invest in Debt Instruments like Corporate Bonds, Debentures, other money market instruments etc. These are also referred to as Fixed Income Funds or Bond Funds.

    What are ELSS Funds?

    ELSS stands for Equity Linked Savings Scheme Funds. It is a close-ended diversified fund with a lock-in period of 3 years. They also offer a tax advantage as ELSS investment is allowed a deduction u/s 80C of the Income Tax Act.

    What is an Index Fund?

    An index fund is a fund that mimics a particular index like Nifty 50, Nifty bank etc. These are passive funds. These funds have a lower expense ratio.

    How does FinMapp processes MF orders?

    FinMapp usages services of BSE Star for order processing and enabling payments thereof.

    What is BSE Star?

    BSE Star is a service enabler which facilitates Mutual Fund order processing and payment thereof.

    How can I make the payment to buy a mutual fund?

    Following are the accepted modes of payment :
  • 1. UPI Upto INR 1 Lac
  • 2. Net Banking upto INR 10 Lac
  • 3. NEFT/RTGS
  • After placing an order, how much time does it take to allot mutual fund units?

    After releasing the funds, AMCs take around 1-2 days to allot MF units against your portfolio.

    In case of a failed transaction, how can I reinitiate the payment against the order?

    Payment cannot be reinitiated against a failed order. You need to generate a fresh order to make the payment again.

    At what NAV will my units get allotted?

    Where an AMC realizes payments before 30 minutes of the stipulated cutoff time, NAV shall be applied as follows :
    For Liquid Funds:- Previous Day's NAV For Non Liquid Funds:- Same Day's NAV

    What is the cut off time to make the payment against an order?

    Liquid Funds:- 1:30 pm
    For Non-Liquid funds:- 3:00 pm

    If I place an order before the cutoff time, but payment is realized post cutoff time, which instance will be considered for allotting units?

    In this case, time of realization of funds shall be considered to calculate cutoff time.

    What is SIP?

    SIP stands for Systematic investment plan. It allows investors to start investing in mutual funds with amounts as low as Rs 500 in fixed intervals. Intervals can be weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and yearly. It is a very convenient way for a user to start their mutual fund investment journey.

    How can I set up my SIP?

    On the FinMapp app, you can set up your SIP by following simple steps as instructed in the App.

    How to cancel my SIP?

    If you don't want to continue your SIP, you can cancel it by redeeming the entire amount under that fund.

    What is Auto Pay?

    Autopay is a facility through which you approve your bank to debit your account for frequent SIP payments.

    How to set up my Autopay?

    Autopay can be set up by following the instructions given in the FinMapp App.

    In how much time does my Autopay mandate get approved?

    Usually, banks take 4-5 working days to approve the Autopay mandate.

    What is Top-up SIP?

    Top-up SIP is a facility that allows you to increase your SIP amount by a certain percentage or by a fixed amount after completing a specific period. It helps you to increase your SIP amount in line with the increase of your income.

    Can I change my Risk Assessment?

    Yes, you can change the risk assessment. We will then recommend mutual fund investment plans accordingly.

    Is the return guaranteed on the recommended funds by FinMapp?

    FinMapp recommends funds of the mutual fund houses based on your risk assessment and historical return of the funds. Performance and returns of any investment portfolio can neither be predicted nor guaranteed.
    Still have a question? Contact us: info@finmapp.com

    Frequently asked questions about
    Indian Stock

    What are the stock investment changes by FinMapp?

    FinMapp does not charge any fees from the user. FinMapp has tied up with Angel broking for the Capital market. Angel broking charges zero brokerage on equity delivery trade and Rs 20 on Intraday trades.

    Do you need a Demat account to invest in the capital market?

    Yes, you need a Demat account to trade in the capital market.

    How do I open a Demat account?

    A Demat account can be opened digitally through the FinMapp app of Angel Broking.

    ​​How much time does it take to open a Demat account?

    It takes a few minutes to complete the process and open a Demat account in Angel broking through FinMapp.

    Stock recommendation is provided by FinMapp or Angel Broking ?

    Stocks recordation is provided by Angel broking through experts and is shown on FinMapp for the users to invest.

    Can I track my Portfolio in FinMapp if my Demat account is not with Angel Broking?

    No, you can't track your portfolio if you have a Demat account with another broking house.

    What is a Stop Loss?

    A Stop-loss order is an order placed with a broker to buy or sell a specific stock once the stock reaches a certain price. A stop-loss is designed to limit an investor's loss on a security position. For example, setting a stop-loss order for 10% below the price at which you bought the stock will limit your loss to 10%.

    What are Order types?

    The following order types are available on FinMapp : :
    1. Market -A market order is an order to buy or sell scrips at the current best available price.
    2. Limit -A limit order is an order to buy or sell scrips at a specified price. When you are buying, you instruct your broker not to go higher than the specified price. And when you are selling, you instruct your broker not to sell below your specified price.
    3. Stoploss limit (SL) -A stop-loss order remains passively in the exchange's stop-loss order book until your defined trigger price is breached. Once the trigger is breached, the order works precisely like a Stoploss limit (SL).

    What is the Difference between Delivery trades and Intraday Trades?

    The fundamental difference between intraday trading and delivery trading is in the way trades are cleared and settled. In the case of intraday trading, the trades are closed out on the same day, so the profits or losses, if any, are either credited or debited to the trading account. In the case of delivery, the buyer will have to pay the funds by T+1 and get the delivery in the Demat account by the end of T+2. In the case of delivery selling, the DIS has to be deposited with the broker on T+1 morning, and the bank credit comes in by the end of T+2 days.

    What is Intraday Trading?

    When you're buying and selling stocks within the same trading day, you're indulging in intraday trading. In this course of action, stocks are purchased with the aim of earning profits and not with any objective of investment. This is done by harnessing the movement of stock indices, which means that the varied prices of the stocks are harnessed to earn profits from trading stocks.

    To participate in Intraday trading, an online trading account must be set up with specific orders explicit to intraday trading. These orders are squared off before the trading day ends.

    What are Delivery trades?

    Delivery trading is one of the most common trading methods in the stock market. Unlike intraday trading, delivery trading involves a more evident intention of investment than just trading opportunities. This is because the investors have it in their minds to hold onto their stock holdings for a more extended period.

    In this process, there are no time constraints in the selling of stocks. It is considered a delivery trade as long as the stocks are delivered to the associated Demat accounts.

    You cannot perform delivery trades without a Demat account since a Demat account is where your stocks will be stored.

    When are the brokerage and other Charges applicable?

    FinMapp does not charge any fees; however, Angel broking, like any other broking house, collects the charges as mentioned below as per Govt and regulatory directives :
    Angel   Equity Delivery   Equity Intraday
     Brokerage  Zero Brokerage  ₹ 20 / Executed Order Or 0.25% (Whichever Is Lower)
     STT  0.1% On Both Buy & Sell  0.025% Only On Sell
     Transaction Charges  

    NSE: 0.00335% On Turnover 

    Value (Buy & Sell)

    # NSE: 0.00275% On Turnover Value (Buy & Sell) 

    BSE: Charges Vary As Per 

    The Scrip Group


    NSE: 0.00335% On Turnover 

    Value (Buy & Sell) 

    # NSE: 0.00275% On Turnover Value (Buy & Sell) 

    BSE: Charges Vary As Per

    The Scrip Group*

     Demat Transaction / DP Charges  ₹ 20 / Scrip Only On Sell  No Charges
     GST  18% (On Brokerage, DP, Transaction, SEBI Charges)  18% (On Brokerage, Transaction, SEBI Charges)
     SEBI Charges  ₹ 10 / Crore  ₹ 10 / Crore
     Stamp Duty Charges  0.015% Of Turnover Value (Buyer)  0.003% Of Turnover Value (Buyer)

    What are the documents required for Demat opening ?

    1. Proof of Identity
    2. Proof of Address
    3. Proof of Income
    4. Proof of Bank Account
    5. PAN
    Still have a question? Contact us: info@finmapp.com

    Frequently asked questions about
    US Stocks

    What are US Stacks?

    US Stacks are pre-configured baskets of stocks & ETFs that you can invest in with a single click. Stacks aims to solve the challenge of “what to invest” with curated, ready-made portfolios that are centred around an idea or a theme. Each stack is developed by leading financial experts to match different investment strategies, risk-tolerance, and investment goals. A rigorous research process ensures accurate matching of investment ideas to opportunities; multiple forward-looking macro and micro uptrends are analyzed to identify drivers of value creation in the ecosystem.

    How does it work?

    US Stacks enables you to access international markets and diversify your portfolio globally. When you create an account on Stacks, your brokerage account is, in turn, automatically created with DriveWealth, our US partner for clearing and brokerage services. It will take 15-20 minutes for your account to be approved. Once approved, you will have to fund the account by transferring money into the brokerage account from your bank account. Once the funds become available in your brokerage account, you will be able to make investments on Stacks. Feel free to use the extensive research and support available on the platform. After selling any of your investments, you can click on “Withdraw” to transfer funds back into your account to get your money back. When you begin the withdrawal process, all your available cash will be sent over to your domestic bank account.

    Is there a minimum amount that I need to invest?

    No. Unlike most traditional investing platforms, we place no restrictions on user accounts. There is no account minimum at Stacks. That said, in order to see the benefits of investing accrue to you, we recommend that you invest at least INR 7,000 or $100 to start off.

    What are the documents required to create an account on the platform?

    We require KYC documents to establish the identity of the user via picture ID and proof of address. You can either choose to upload your documents via your laptop or complete the process on your smartphone after scanning the QR code on the page. Any one of the following documents for a combination of identity and proof of address is required: From India ID Proof: Aadhar Card (front+back) PAN Card (front+back) Voters ID (front+back) Passport (picture) Proof of address: Aadhar Card (front+back) Voters ID (front+back) Please note: Scanned copies and PDFs cannot be uploaded, please upload the photo of the document PNG/JPG format only.

    How do I fund my account?

    To add funds to your account, click on "Funds" from your Homepage and click on the “Add funds” button. Enter the amount you want to send to your brokerage account. You would be able to add your bank details for the first fund transfer which will be set as default for all future transfers. Verify the information and refer to the following procedural details depending on your residential country: From India: If you are an Indian Resident, you will be remitting money under RBI's Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS). Currently, ICICI, IDFC, HDFC, Kotak and IndusInd Bank account holders can complete the LRS process online by signing into our platform and following the steps mentioned for fund transfer. For HDFC and Yes Bank, you can select the offline option to download and print A2 form and schedule a pick-up for the documents via our delivery partners. For the other banks, please visit your nearest branch and speak to your relationship manager.

    How do I withdraw my funds?

    All you need to do is select the "Funds" button on your homepage page and then click on “Withdraw Funds”. You will be shown how much money is available for you to withdraw. This is the "cash" in your account - either un-invested money or generated from sales of securities you, previously, owned. You can place a withdrawal request and the money will be wired to your domestic bank account. It takes 4-5 business days for the money to hit your account. You can only Withdraw funds to your default bank account which was added during fund transfer. There is a $10 fee associated with withdrawals, charged by the US bank, and thus, the cash balance in your account should be at least $10 at the time of placing the withdrawal request. Any request above $20,000 requires an additional email approval.

    Why was my fund transfer reversed?

    The fund reversal will be initiated on the 7th day after the funds are debited from the user bank account in case of the below scenarios: The name on the trading account does not match the name on the bank account from which funds were transferred While initiating a transfer, in case, the 10 digit account number is not provided or has been entered incorrectly On failure of providing Swift copy (Bank statement / Transaction receipt) to support team within 7 days Note: In case of a reversal of funds, an additional third-party charge of $30 will be applied.

    Where is my US investment account held?

    Your investing (brokerage) account is opened at our US brokerage and clearing services partner DriveWealth LLC - a FINRA regulated brokerage firm. It is a licensed carrying and self-clearing broker offering brokerage services to global investors. DriveWealth is backed by Softbank Group and other leading venture capital firms in the financial services ecosystem. The custody of your account, in turn, would be held by Drive Wealth. Reach out to the support team in case of further questions.

    I forgot my password. How do I recover it?

    If you have forgotten your password, please click on "Forgot Password" on the login page. You will get a reset code on your registered email ID. Enter the code and set a new password to log in to your account.

    What is the difference between a primary and a contingency nominee?

    In the abnormal circumstances where the primary nominee passes away prior to the Account Owner, the remaining portion may be payable proportionately to any surviving primary nominee. In the event that there isn’t a surviving primary nominee, the contingent nominee will receive the assets pursuant to the allocation identified. In the event a contingent nominee passes away prior to the account owner, then the contingent nominee share will be divided proportionately among the surviving contingent nominees.

    To participate in Intraday trading, an online trading account must be set up with specific orders explicit to intraday trading. These orders are squared off before the trading day ends.

    How do I add a nominee to my account?

    Log in to your account, click on your name and navigate to “Profile” under the settings option. Choose “Nominee” from the options on the Profile page. Click on the tab "Add Nominee[s]". Fill out the following details under Primary nominee: Name: Enter the full name of the nominee Percentage: Percentage of holdings to be transferred to the nominee Nominee Type: Choose the option from the drop-down as per the type of nominee being added. The nominee type can either be a person or an entity Email: Email ID of the nominee

    In this process, there are no time constraints in the selling of stocks. It is considered a delivery trade as long as the stocks are delivered to the associated Demat accounts.

    You cannot perform delivery trades without a Demat account since a Demat account is where your stocks will be stored.

    Date of Birth: Enter the DOB of a nominee

    Phone Number: Contact number of the nominee It is recommended to have at least 1 primary nominee, however, adding a contingent beneficiary is optional. You can add up to 4 primary nominees as long as the total adds up to 100%. Similarly, you can also add up to 4 contingent nominees as long as the total adds up to 100%.

    Once the relevant information is filled you can click on “Save changes” to save the nominee details.

    How would Stacks transfer the holdings and cash balance to the nominee?

    In the unfortunate case of a demise of the account holder, the nominee(s) added by the holder on the “Profile” page gets ownership of the user’s portfolio (holdings and cash balance). Our broker partner will transfer the securities to the nominee(s) or liquidate the securities and credit the proceeds to the Primary nominee(s). In the event that no primary nominee survives, the contingent nominee(s) will receive the asset(s).

    What happens on the demise of the primary nominees?

    In the abnormal circumstances where the primary nominee passes away prior to the Account Owner, the remaining portion will be payable proportionately to any surviving primary nominee. In the event that there isn’t a surviving primary nominee, the contingent nominee will receive the assets pursuant to the allocation identified.

    How do I update my name or KYC documents?

    To modify your name, you will need to send in a request from your registered email ID along with a matching government ID proof (name should also match with your bank records). List of valid documents- · Passport (non-expired) · Voters identification with photo · PAN card · Aadhaar Card( With date of birth) For updating KYC documents - If your account is pending KYC approval, you can remove the existing uploaded document and instead re-upload the new one. If your account is already KYC approved, you can email us the updated KYC document that needs to be changed from your registered email ID and ask us to re-upload the same.

    Can HUFs or business entities open an account on the platform?

    No, as per RBI guidelines, only individuals who are retail investors can create their international investing account on our platform.

    How do I transfer funds/securities from an existing Drive wealth account to my Stacks account?

    You need to fill out an internal transfer form to transfer securities and/or funds from one DriveWealth account to another DriveWealth account. Please contact our support team via chat, email or phone for the internal transfer form. When the completed form is sent back to us, the transfer of your account will be initiated. We do not levy any charges for incoming transfers of accounts or shares. Transfers cannot be made to beneficiaries other than the current account holders.

    How do I find my Stacks account number?

    Login to your account, click on your name and navigate to your profile under the settings option. You can find your brokerage account number mentioned under basic details along with your username.

    What are the U.S. bank details for adding funds to my investment account?

    The details of the beneficiary bank to add funds are as follows:
    Bank name: Silicon Valley Bank
    Bank Address: 3003,Tasman Drive,SantaClara,CA,US,95054 ABA/Routing: 121140399
    Beneficiary Name: Drivewealth, LLC
    Beneficiary Account Number: 3303325726
    Beneficiary Address: 97 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Chatham, NJ, US, 07928
    Further Credit To – Your Stacks Account Number
    Beneficiary Contact Number: +1 8004612680 (optional – only if your bank requires it)
    Log in to the platform and click on "Add Funds" for detailed instructions to add funds from your domestic bank account. Your Stacks account number is present on the portfolio page.
    NOTE - Please ensure that the name on your bank account matches the name on your investment account.

    What is a PIN?

    We like to make sure that your account is completely secure against potential malicious intent. So, while creating your account, you will be required to create/select a code which will be used at the time of placing a trade - whenever you do it.
    It's similar to having an extra layer of authentication. When you are placing a 'buy' or 'sell' order, at the final step - after having entered the order quantity at the relevant price - the system will ask you to input your PIN for final authentication.

    How soon can I start investing?

    You can start investing as soon as you have money in your brokerage account. Once your brokerage account gets approved (you will be notified), you will fund that account by doing a bank transfer from your domestic account. Stacks works with multiple domestic banks to make the process easy and seamless for you and also to get you very low forex rates. You can do all this sitting at home or at the office. Then it takes 2-3 business days for the transferred money to reflect in your account. You can start investing immediately afterwards.

    How do I recover my username?

    When you are signing in on the platform, you will be able to see an option of "Forgot Username" in the bottom right section of the window. Please click on the link and provide your national ID/Pan Card number along with your registered email ID and you will receive an email with your account username.

    Can I create an account on behalf of someone else?

    Not as of now. US Stacks currently allows personal investing accounts only. We will, however, let you know as soon as we have that facility available

    How much time does it take to create an account on the platform?

    It takes only 4-5 minutes to fill the account opening form on Click to open You will need to upload your address and ID proofs and complete the KYC process. The documents verification and account approval process will be completed within 15-20 mins and you would be able to start the funding process immediately.

    What is rebalancing?

    Each STACK has an investment objective and goal. To ensure that the STACK’s performance is aligned with the investment goals, the constitution of the STACK (Stock selection and allocation) is periodically reviewed. If the STACK manager updates the stock selection and allocation - this is referred to as rebalancing.

    Are Stacks traded in real-time?

    STACK orders can be placed 24x7 but the execution of each order will occur during U.S. market hours.

    Can you cancel a Stack order?

    No. Once an order for a STACK is placed, it cannot be cancelled or refunded. However, once you have purchased a STACK - you can sell it anytime.

    Do you get dividends from Stacks?

    Yes. If there is a dividend payout from a Stock - the dividends are directly deposited in your investment account.

    I am unable to invest in a Stack. Why?

    Access to invest in STACKs is determined by your pricing plan. Certain STACKs may be available only to premium plans. You can upgrade your plan in the “Profile” section in account settings.

    Is there a minimum investment for each Stack?

    Yes, there is a minimum investment amount that is required for investing in a Stack. The minimum investment is available in the individual STACK detail page.

    Fees & Pricing for Stacks

    Each STACK has a fee which is computed as a percentage of the investment amount. The fee can range from 1% to 2.5% of the investment amount - and is charged on a periodic basis (quarterly or annually). The fee for a particular STACK is available on the individual STACK detail page.

    How does taxation work?

    There is no TDS (Tax Deduction at Source) for your stock market capital gains in the U.S. So when you send money back to your Indian bank account, the broker in the U.S. does not deduct any tax on it. You will have to pay Short-term Capital Gains Tax OR Long-term Capital Gains Tax in India, whichever is applicable. Short-term Capital Gains apply if a security is held for less than 24 months. A 25% TDS applies only to your dividend earnings. Your dividend earnings received as cash or reinvested will also be taxed in India at the applicable income tax slabs by adding it to your current income. However, India and the U.S. have a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). This means that you pay dividend tax only once. For the TDS paid on your dividend earnings, the 1042-S form can be downloaded via Reports on our platform. You can use it while filing your taxes in India to show that you have already paid taxes on this income. You will be able to offset the tax withheld in the US and adjust it with the tax liability in India.

    What insurance or protection do I get for my account?

    US brokerage ecosystem recommends that every investor account should have insurance. Stack's brokerage partner, Drive Wealth LLC, a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), will serve as the custodian for your securities account. In the event that DriveWealth LLC fails and is placed in liquidation under the Securities Investor Protection Act, securities in your brokerage account may be protected up to $500,000. For details, please see www.sipc.org. Please note that this USD 500,000 is not applicable to general losses in the stock market. SIPC says the following: SIPC protects against the loss of cash and securities – such as stocks and bonds – held by a customer at a financially-troubled SIPC-member brokerage firm. The limit of SIPC protection is $500,000, which includes a $250,000 limit for cash. A non-U.S. citizen with an account at a brokerage firm that is a member of SIPC is treated the same as a resident or citizen of the United States with an account at a brokerage firm that is a member of SIPC. SIPC does not protect against the decline in value of your securities. SIPC does not protect individuals who are sold worthless stocks and other securities. SIPC does not protect claims against a broker for bad investment advice, or for recommending inappropriate investments.

    What is LRS?

    Instituted by the RBI, the Liberalised Remittance Scheme or LRS is a set of policies that stipulates the maximum amount and purposes of remittance. Under the LRS, an individual can annually invest up to USD $250,000 in any country, without seeking approval from the RBI. To monitor the remittance of individuals, remitters are required to fill out and submit a Form A2, which is provided by RBI-appointed Authorized Dealers. The form captures the remittance amount, the purpose, and the individual’s PAN number. Once the form is received, the Authorized Dealer will verify the information and process the remittance. The Authorized dealer in this case is the bank which has been chosen for remittance.

    What are the TCS provisions (including thresholds, if any) in regards to the overseas investment made by an investor?

    As per Finance Act, 2020, TCS @ 5% is applicable only if and when the foreign remittance in a Financial Year exceeds INR 7,00,000. It is pertinent to note here that TCS provisions on foreign remittance are applicable from 01-10-2020.

    Can I claim the fees and brokerage paid as a deduction for computing my capital gains tax in India?

    Yes, any cost incurred on account of sale or transfer of asset is allowable as a deduction while computing the Capital Gains. However, it is pertinent to note that AUM charges and annual subscription charges incurred cannot be claimed as deduction as they are related to holding of capital asset and not in relation to transfer of capital asset.
    Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. None of the contents of this article should be treated as advice.

    Am I expected to report my holdings or gains in India an annual basis - even if I don't have a tax liability? If yes, under what section and what forms do I need to report the same in India?

    Where a person is a ROR he/she is required to file his/her income tax return if the person has any kind of foreign assets. The reporting in this regard would be as follows:
    1. Details of foreign assets and income from any source outside India – Schedule FA of the relevant Income Tax Return (ITR)
    2. Details of Income from outside India (only in the case of resident and ordinarily resident) – Schedule FSI of the relevant ITR
    Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. None of the contents of this article should be treated as advice.

    Do I need to pay tax on foreign dividends both in the US and India? Can I claim credit for the taxes paid on such dividends in India?

    Yes, tax needs to be paid on Foreign dividends both in US and India. However, an Indian Resident individual can claim Tax credit of taxes paid in US by virtue of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) entered into between India and US by filing a return of income in India. Maximum credit that can be availed is the amount of tax that should have been paid in India on the transaction if there is no DTAA.
    Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. None of the contents of this article should be treated as advice.

    What is the tax on dividends received from foreign listed securities?

    Interest received from foreign debt instruments will be subject to tax at normal slab rates for the Individuals and at applicable rates to Body Corporates as Income from Other Sources.
    Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. None of the contents of this article should be treated as advice.

    Can a Resident Indian utilise more than the amount specified (USD 2,50,000) under LRS for buying foreign listed securities?

    An Individual cannot remit more than USD 2,50,000 in one financial year under LRS scheme. However, if a resident individual investor who is not permanently resident in India after having remitted their entire earnings and salary, wishes to further remit other income over and above the limit of USD 2,50,000, may approach RBI with documents through their Authorised Dealer Bank for approval.

    Is there a limit on the maximum number of foreign securities to be held by an Indian Resident?

    There is no maximum limit on the number of foreign securities that can be held by an Indian resident. However, under the LRS (Liberalised Remittance Scheme) an amount up to USD 2,50,000 per resident individual can only be remitted outside India in one financial year (April – March).

    Can I take indexation benefits on transfer of foreign listed securities?

    Indexation is a benefit given to adjust the cost of capital assets held for a long term with respect to inflation. Since foreign securities are considered as unlisted, they must be held for at least 24 months to qualify as Long Term Capital Asset and avail indexation.

    Can I carry forward the losses incurred from dealing in foreign listed securities under Income Tax Act?

    Yes. The losses arising from the sale of foreign listed securities can be carried forward up to eight consecutive years while losses from speculative business can be carried forward for a period of 4 years.

    Can I set off the losses incurred on transfer of foreign listed securities with my other income in India?

    All Short-term capital losses arising on sale of foreign listed securities can be set off against both short term and long-term capital gains in India. However, any long term capital loss arising on sale of foreign listed securities can only be set off against long term capital gains in India. (Assuming there is no intraday trading).

    What is the definition of Long-term Capital Asset (LTCA) and Short-term Capital Asset (STCA) w.r.t foreign listed securities? What are the tax rates if any capital gain (Long term or Short term) is accrued on sale of such Capital Assets / Securities?

    The time period for which a particular capital asset is held by its owner decides whether that asset is a short-term capital asset or a long-term capital asset. Shares of a company listed on foreign stock exchanges (unlisted securities for Income Tax purposes) shall be considered as LTCA if the same is held for more than 24 months in case of stocks and more than 36 months in case of ETFs. Any shares held for a shorter duration than the period mentioned above shall be considered as STCA.
    The tax rate with respect to LTCG and STCG applicable to Indian residents has been provided below:
    Capital Gains Tax Rate as of March 2021 Particulars Tax Short Term Capital Gains Income tax slab rates (plus applicable cess and surcharge) Long Term Capital Gains 20%(plus applicable cess and surcharge)
    Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. None of the contents of this article should be treated as advice.

    Am I liable to pay tax when I remit the funds back to India?

    No, the tax incidence is on the event of "Transfer" or a "Sell" of securities by the Client on Stacks platform. The remittance of any funds lying outside India has no connection with the tax incidence.

    Is there any tax implication on transfer/remittance of funds on the platform for making investment in foreign securities?

    Transfer of funds into an external platform would not result in any profit/gain as it involves only transfer of funds to self. Further no transaction has been undertaken / executed resulting in any transfer of any asset. However, w.e.f. 1st October 2020, any foreign remittance by resident individuals under Liberalised Remittance Scheme framed by RBI may trigger TCS (Tax Collection at Source) provisions which requires collection of tax by an authorised dealer @5% (10% in case of non-PAN / Aadhar cases) where the total foreign remittance including transfer of funds exceeds INR 7,00,000 per annum. In this regard, transfer of funds into the US Stacks platform by way of foreign remittance may attract TCS.
    However, it is pertinent to note that Authorised Dealer (bank) would be liable to collect TCS @ 5% on the amount exceeding INR 7,00,000
    Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. None of the contents of this article should be treated as advice.

    .What are the tax implications in India if I am a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) residing in any country other than the USA?

    It is to be noted that earning Capital Gains on Us Stacks platform is not liable to tax in India. Irrespective of the country where NRI resides, any income of a non-resident is chargeable to tax in India only if it is accrued or received in India. As per ITA, deduction of expenditure or allowances is not available while computing investment income or long term capital gains. Also, indexation benefit is not available to an NRI while computing LTCG.

    What happens to my account if I move to India or any other country?

    Your US Stacks account continues to remain valid despite your relocation.

    Does US Stacks give investing advice?

    While US Stacks does not give recommendations to its users, we have quite a few features on the platform that help users shorten their decision cycles.
    In order to help you discover ideas, Stacks automatically gives you "Trending Stocks", stocks that you might like (based on your investing profile), other stocks related to any stock that you may be looking at, stocks with breaking news, stocks buzzing on social media, stocks, and ETFs in themes or sectors you may be interested in ... and a lot more.
    Additionally, for every security (stock or ETF), Stacks gives decision support indicators and data based on the company's past performance, analyst's opinions of stocks, Morningstar ratings, Asset Allocation, Sector, Industry allocation for ETFs and the company's predicted performance trends.

    Does US Stacks provide any research support?

    US Stacks has a lot of data and research available for various kinds of investors. If you are a hobbyist investor, you will see stocks you might like (based on your investing patterns, the time you spend on various kinds of stocks, your watchlist, etc.) If you are an experienced investor, you can make good use of the sophisticated stock screener that US Stacks provides. US Stacks also gets you various kinds of investment intelligence from sources such as analyst reports, Morningstar ratings, regulatory filings of companies, breaking news, and social media.

    What are the market hours?

    Regular trading hours for the U.S. stock market, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ), are 7:00 PM to 1:30 AM IST on weekdays (except stock market holidays). During daylight savings, the timings are changed to 8:00 PM to 2:30 AM IST.

    What is the settlement period?

    The settlement period is T+2 business days. You will be able to see unsettled cash in your account balance as a result of sale proceeds. The unsettled cash will also reflect in the ‘Cash Settlement’ section until it is settled to your account.

    Is intraday trading allowed on the platform?

    Stocks that are bought with settled funds can be sold on the same day without any restrictions. However, since the settlement cycle is T+2 days, stocks bought with unsettled funds and sold before the settlement period will result in a Good Faith Violation. To know more about Good Faith Violation, please click here.
    Margin trading is not allowed in international stock markets as per RBI regulations.

    Which reports are available on the platform? Can I get an account statement?

    The below reports are available for your international investment account on the platform
    Monthly Account Statement & Holdings Report
    Dividend Tax
    Financial statement
    Trade confirmation
    Profit and Loss
    Offline LRS details
    Please login to the platform and click on ‘Reports’ from Account Settings to view all the reports.

    Is short selling or margin trading allowed on the platform?

    No, we do not allow short-selling or margin trading on our platform. As per RBI regulations, margin trading is not allowed in international markets.

    What is a Good Faith Violation?

    If a security purchased in the customer’s cash account is sold prior to being paid for with settled funds in the account, a good faith violation has occurred. The reason it is referred to as a good faith violation is that trade activity is giving the appearance that sales proceeds are being used to cover buy orders when there is insufficient settled cash to cover these purchases. Basically, trade activity indicates that a good faith effort to deposit additional cash into the account will not happen. Accounts with three good faith violations in a 12-month period will be restricted to purchasing securities with settled cash only for a period of 90 days.

    What is a stop order?

    A stop order, also referred to as a stop-loss order, is an order to buy or sell a stock once the price of the stock reaches a specified price, known as the stop price. When the stop price is reached, a stop order becomes a market order. A buy stop order is entered at a stop price above the current market price. A sell stop order is entered at a stop price below the current market price.

    When can you use a limit order?

    The best way to use the limit order facility is when you've decided that you will buy a stock only if it's price touches or goes below the price you want. Conversely, it might be a good idea to use limit order while selling a stock if you expect a certain minimum price for the same.

    What is a limit order?

    A limit order is an order to buy or sell a stock at a specific price or better. Therefore, a buy limit order can only be executed at the limit price or lower, and a sell limit order can only be executed at the limit price or higher. A limit order is not guaranteed to execute because it stands only for the day and it's possible that the price you specify, for a particular stock, is not reached during the day.

    Are there any risks associated with placing a market if touched order?

    The Market if touched (MIT) orders are executed as market orders and hence get executed at the market price at that point. Hence the price at which the order is executed may be higher or lower than the expected or specified price.

    What is Market if Touched order?

    A market if touched (MIT) order is an instruction to buy or sell a stock when a specified price, the order was placed at, is touched, even if it does so very briefly. When the price hits the level specified in the market if touched order, It turns into a market order and is executed at the next best price. This price can be higher or lower than the specified price. For example, you are interested in a stock that has its current market value at $22.5 per share. You place a market if touched order with the condition to buy 1 quantity of share at a price of $21.5 dollars. The moment the price of the share falls to $21.5, even if it is just for a few seconds, your order gets converted into a market order and gets executed at the market price at that point. A market if touched order is valid for 90 days and will get cancelled if not executed.

    How is a market if touched order is different from a Limit order?

    A limit order guarantees that an order is filled at a specified price level. However, there is no guarantee that it would get executed. Additionally, A limit order only allows for the whole quantity of shares to be bought or sold.
    A market if touched(MIT) order, on the other hand, has a higher chance of execution as the order initiates once the specified price is reached and gets executed at the next available price. This order, however, does not guarantee a price. It can also be considered an ideal alternative to limit order where it provides the flexibility of fractional trade to the investors.

    What is extended hours trading? How does it work?

    Extended hours trading is trade conducted by electronic networks either before or after the regular trading hours of the listing exchange where users can trade before the market officially opens and after it closes. Users can place Limit orders on the platform during extended market hours within the below timings:
    Pre Market hours: 4:00 AM EST – 09:30 AM EST
    Post Market hours: 04:00 PM EST – 06:00 PM EST
    To carry out an extended hours trade, you would need to log in to your account and click on the stock page to place an order. Our platform then sends your order to the Electronic Communication Networks (ECN) which is a computerized system to automatically match buy and sell orders. The ECN attempts to match your order to a corresponding buy or sell order on the network. If it can match your order, the trade is executed or it is queued and cancelled by the end of the day if no buyer or seller can be found.

    How is extended hours trading useful to me?

    The Extended hours trading increases the time that is available for you to trade in U.S. Markets as pre-market and post-market hours enable you to trade outside regular market hours so you can act quickly on news like company earnings releases and events that occur when the exchange is closed. The pre-market hours also often act as an indicator for predicting the market direction when the market opens. To know more regarding risks associated with trading in extended hours click here.

    Can extended hours trade orders be placed during market hours?

    Yes. An extended hours trade order can be placed at any hour of the day by following the steps mentioned on the link here. The orders can get executed during pre-market hours, market hours, or post-market hours
    Pre Market hours: 04:00 AM EST – 09:30 AM EST
    Post Market hours: 04:00 PM EST – 06:00 PM EST

    How can I place an extended hours order on the platform?

    To place an extended hours trade, you would need to log in to your account and follow the below steps:
    Step 1: Select the stock you want to buy.
    Step 2: Enable the “Extended Hours Trading” toggle on the top right-hand corner of the Stock Page and enter the quantity(has to be whole values) & target price.
    Step 3: Click on “Review Order” and enter your Pin number to place the order
    Note: In case of Extended Hour trading, only a Limit order can be placed. Click here to know more regarding Limit order. Extended hours orders are valid until the end of the day. It will get cancelled in case it is not executed within the day. Orders placed after 6 PM EST will get cancelled by the T+1 day, if not executed.

    How can I cancel an extended-hour trade order?

    You can cancel an extended hour trade order by following the below steps:
    Step 1: Navigate to the “Order” section on the menu bar at the top of the screen.
    Step 2: However, on the order status. Click on “Cancel order”
    Step 3: Click on “Yes” to confirm the cancellation of the order. Order will be canceled if not executed already.

    What are the risks associated with extended hours trading?

    After-hours trading comes with several risks that are typically not associated with trading on an exchange during regular trading sessions. These include:
    1. Limited liquidity Extended hours have less trading volume than regular hours, which could make it difficult to execute trades. Some stocks may not trade at all during extended hours.
    2. Large spreads Less trading volume often translates to wider bid-ask spreads, which can adversely affect the market price for execution, making it harder to execute orders at favourable prices.
    3. Increased volatility Less trading volume often creates an environment for greater volatility given the wider bid-ask spreads. Prices can move drastically in a short amount of time.
    4. Uncertain prices The price of a stock trading outside of regular hours may not closely match the price during regular hours.
    5. Professional competition Many extended trading participants are large institutional investors, such as mutual funds, that have access to more resources.
    To know more regarding risks associated with trading in extended hours click here.

    Are there any limits on extended-hours trading?

    Since extended hour trades are only allowed for limit orders, the minimum quantity that can be traded is 1 share and hence fractional investing is not currently allowed for limit orders or extended hour trades. A user can place an extended hours trade for a maximum of 10,000 shares.

    Can NRIs invest via Stacks?

    Yes, NRIs can invest through Stacks. If the funding is being done through their NRE account or a foreign bank account that does not fall under LRS, a direct online bank transfer can be performed. However, if an NRI wishes to add funds through his NRO account, he would have to submit a 15 CA & 15 CB form through a chartered accountant. To know more regarding fund transfers through an NRO account please reach out to your personal banker/relationship manager.

    What are the KYC documents required for NRIs?

    The following KYC documents are required for ID & Address proof for NRIs -
    International Customers:
    ID Proof:
    Resident Permit (front & back)
    National ID (front & back)
    Passport (with photo)
    Drivers Licence (front & back)
    Proof of address:
    Resident Permit (front & back)
    National ID (front & back)
    Drivers Licence (front & back)
    Utility bill
    Note: Address Proof should have a physical address, only P.O.Box is not accepted as address proof.

    Are there any bank charges for adding funds to my account?

    Stacks does not levy any fees or charges for adding funds to your account. However, your bank might charge fees for international outward remittance which varies per bank. Please check with your bank or login to your NetBanking account to see the bank charges.
    A fee of $5 would be deducted from the first fund transfer by Stockal’s brokerage partner, DriveWealth, towards Tax Certification (W-8 Ben), a one-time fee upon a non-US account opening.

    Can I invest in IPOs on your platform?

    No, we do not enable international investors to invest in U.S. IPOs due to regulatory restrictions. However, you can invest in the stock once it is listed and starts trading on the U.S. market.

    Where can I find my W8-Ben form?

    W-8 Ben form needs to be provided by the broker partner. The W-8 Ben form allows tax exemptions and categorises you to be taxed appropriately as a foreigner in the U.S. However, if you require details of your dividend taxes incurred on our platform for TDS calculation in India, you will need the tax (1042-S) form. It is available under the “Reports” tab for you to access. This is uploaded by the end of the U.S. financial year (Jan to Dec) denoting the tax paid for the dividend/s earned during this period.

    Who owns the stocks?

    You own the stocks through your account with Stacks and DriveWealth.

    How many securities are available on Stockal?

    Stockal offers over 5,500 stocks and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) listed on NASDAQ and NYSE - as of now. Our platform includes almost all the marquee listed companies in the US with billion-dollar market caps.

    Which are the countries from where Stacks can be used?

    Stack is currently available to investors in India and most of the countries in Middle East & North Africa (MENA).
    We will shortly become available to investors in other South-east Asian Countries.

    Which stock markets are available on the platform?

    -Currently, Stacks helps you invest in US stock markets. In the near future, we will have multiple other markets available - Germany, Japan, India, UK, and Hong Kong. Over time, we will make investing totally ubiquitous - if you have an idea or come across a company you want to invest in, you will be able to make that investment without having to think if that stock is listed domestically or in some other country. Interestingly, many large global companies have US-listed ADRs which are available on US Stacks. From Chinese giants like Alibaba to many Indian and European companies are all available.

    What are some potential 3rd-party costs that I can expect?

    Miscellaneous Charges
    $5.00 Tax Certification (W-8 Ben). One-time fee upon a non-US account opening
    $20.00 Returned Checks
    $25.00 Check Stop Payments
    $20.00 Overnight Check Delivery
    $30.00 Returned Wire Transfers (applies to attempted third-party wires)
    $50.00 1099 Request for Exempt Accounts
    $25.00 Tax Document Request (Fax and Regular Mail)
    $3.00 Physical Copy of Trade Confirmations (per confirmation)
    $5.00 Physical Copy of Monthly Account Statement (per statement)
    Withdrawal/ Administrative Request Charges
    $3.00 Paper Check / e-check (USD)
    $0.25 ACH Transfer (outgoing)
    $10.00 Outgoing Domestic Wire Transfer
    $10.00 Outgoing International Wire Transfer

    Who is the custodian of my account?

    Stack's US brokerage partner, DriveWealth LLC, is the custodian of your brokerage account.

    What is the safety-net on my account? What if Stacks goes down?

    Your international investing accounts are held by brokerage and clearing services provider DriveWealth LLC and will serve as the custodian for your securities account. If Stacks goes down, your account will still be safe and secure with DriveWealth LLC and you will be able to access it and/or move it to another brokerage firm as you please.
    Additionally, you also have automatic insurance on your US investing account.Read more about this click here FAQ (finmapp.com).

    Do I get voting rights on fractional stocks? And what about dividends?

    You don't get voting rights on fractions of stock you own. For example, if you own 34.5 stocks of a company, your voting rights will be for 34 shares. You are eligible to receive dividends on fractional shares. Example: If a hundred-dollar dividend per share is announced, you will get $3,450 on 34.5 shares. However, we cannot give you fractional money, thus, if you own 0.0001 stock and the dividend announced is $5 per stock, you will not be able to receive half a cent.

    How do fractional shares work?

    One of the unique things about the US stock markets is that investors can own fractions of stocks unlike markets of countries like India. For example, you could own 0.05 of Apple stock. Our brokerage partner DriveWealth allows you to own as low as 0.0001 shares of any stock. This is an advantage for 2 main reasons:
    You don't have to think in terms of "how many shares should I buy?". You can simply decide to invest a certain amount of money and the number of units to be allocated to you gets automatically calculated and would get credited to your account. For instance, if a stock is valued at $27 and you decide to invest $100 in it, you will get 3.70 shares.
    Many popular US stocks are more expensive than typical Indian stocks. While a single Apple stock is valued at over $200 as of this writing, Google costs over $1,000 and Amazon costs more than $2,000. Pepsi, Nike, Coke - all between $100 and $200 as of the writing date. Hence, with fractional stocks, you could effectively build a pretty diversified portfolio with small amounts of money.

    Where is my US investing account held?

    Your investing (brokerage) account is opened at our US brokerage and clearing services partner DriveWealth LLC - a FINRA regulated brokerage firm. It is a licensed carrying and self-clearing broker offering brokerage services to global investors. DriveWealth is backed by Softbank Group and other leading venture capital firms in the financial services ecosystem. The custody of your account, in turn, would be held by DriveWealth. Reach out to the support team in case of further questions.

    How much can I invest in US stocks from India?

    Currently, you can invest up to USD 250,000 every year in foreign stocks from India. This amount can change, subject to RBI guidelines. So your investments in US securities are also governed by the same limit. Foreign investments fall under clearly defined RBI guidelines. The remittance of money for foreign investments comes under the Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS). Under LRS an Individual can remit up to USD 250,000 per financial year to invest in foreign equities done through an authorized dealer (commonly, your bank). As per the RBI policy, having a PAN card is required to purchase shares in foreign countries. You can find more information on the LRS scheme on the RBI website here.
    Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. None of the contents of this article should be treated as tax advice. Please consult a qualified tax consultant or expert with your specific taxation situation for appropriate advice.
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    Frequently asked questions about

    What is National Pension System?

    National Pension System (NPS) is a pension cum investment scheme launched by the Government of India to provide old age security to its citizens. It brings an attractive long term saving avenue to effectively plan your retirement through safe and regulated market-based returns. The Scheme is regulated by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA).

    Why should I open an NPS Account?

    Opening an NPS account has its own advantages as compared to other pension products available. Here are its features:
    1. Low cost product
    2. Tax breaks for Individuals, Employees and Employers
    3. Attractive market-linked returns
    4. Easily portable
    5. Professionally managed by experienced Pension Funds
    6. Regulated by PFRDA, a regulator set up through an act of Parliament

    Who can invest in NPS?

    Any citizen of India, aged between 18-65 years as on the date of submission of his/her application can invest in NPS. The citizens can join NPS either as individuals or as an employee-employer group(s). However, OCI (Overseas Citizens of India), PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card holders and HUFs are not eligible for opening an NPS account.
    Currently, investment in NPS on our platform is available for Indian citizens who are resident and pay tax in India.

    What are the tax benefits under NPS?

    User can make investment of up to ₹2,00,000 to be eligible for tax saving of ₹62,400
    Investment of up to ₹50,000 to be eligible for tax deduction u/s 80CCD (1B) - Tax saving of ₹15,600
    Investment of up to ₹1,50,000 to be eligible for tax deduction u/s 80CCD (1) - Tax saving of ₹46,800
    Tax saving of ₹46,800 under u/s 80CCD (1) is an alternative to saving of ₹46,800 on ₹1,50,000 under 80C

    What are the investment choices available in NPS?

    NPS offers you two approaches to invest in your account:
    Active choice
    Auto choice
    In Active choice, Subscriber selects the allocation percentage in asset classes,however, in Auto choice, funds are automatically allocated amongst asset classes in a pre-defined matrix, based on the age of the subscriber. After selection of pension fund manager, Subscriber also has to exercise the choice of investment.
    Active choice: Unlike traditional investment products, NPS offers you the flexibility to design your own portfolio. Depending on your risk appetite, you can design your portfolio by allocating Funds amongst available four asset classes. This is called Active Choice. Following are the four asset classes are available under Active choice:
    1.Equity or E
    2.Corporate Debt or C
    3.Government Securities or G
    4.Alternative Investment Funds or AIF
    Auto Choice:
    At times designing your portfolio can be a little delicate and time consuming. NPS gives you the flexibility to opt for a dynamic and automatic allocation of your portfolio in case you do not want to exercise an Active choice. This option is called the Auto choice.
    In Auto choice, your money will be invested in asset classes - E, C and G - in defined proportions based on your age. As an individual's age increases, exposure to Equity and Corporate Debt is gradually reduced and that in Government Securities is increased. Depending upon the risk appetite of the subscriber, there are three different options available within Auto Choice-Aggressive, Moderate and Conservative.

    What are Tier 1 & Tier 2 accounts in NPS?

    Under NPS accounts, there are two types of accounts - Tier I & II.
    Tier I account is mandatory for investing in NPS and all the tax-saving benefits are applicable on this account type. However, it is a restricted and conditional withdrawable retirement account which can be withdrawn only upon meeting the exit conditions prescribed under NPS.
    Tier-II account is optional in nature and is available as an add-on to any Tier-1 account holder. Subscribers are free to withdraw their savings from this account whenever they wish, however, there are no tax benefits on investing in a Tier II account.
    Currently users can invest only in Tier I accounts on our Platform.

    Can I have more than one NPS account?

    No, multiple NPS accounts for a single individual are not allowed as NPS is fully portable across sectors and locations, hence, users need not apply for a new account incase of change in job or location.

    Will the government contribute to my NPS account?

    NPS is a Government of India initiative to provide old age security to the citizens of India, however, the Government will not be making any contribution to your NPS account. The contribution in an NPS account is made only by the individual under the "all citizens of India" model or by the employee-employer group under the corporate model.
    Currently you can invest only under "all citizens of India" model on our Platform

    What is the lock in period for NPS?

    NPS is a retirement product and investment is done by users with an objective of saving for the post retirement years. As per PFRDA Regulations 2015, subscriber can withdraw money as per following conditions:
    Upon Superannuation - When a subscriber reaches the age of 60 years of age, he or she can withdraw up to 60% of the accumulated corpus as lump sum and remaining share is invested for regular monthly/quarterly pension for a period as chosen by the user. If the total accumulated pension corpus is less than or equal to ₹5 lakh, subscribers can opt for 100% lump sum withdrawal.
    Premature Exit- In case a need arises for early withdrawal, users can opt for premature exit after completing 10 years in NPS. Users can withdraw up to 20% of the accumulated corpus as a lump sum and the remaining share is invested for regular monthly/quarterly pension for a period as chosen by the user. If the total corpus is less than or equal to ₹2.5 lakh, subscribers can opt for 100% lump sum withdrawal.
    Upon Death of Subscriber - The entire accumulated pension corpus (100%) would be paid to the nominee/legal heir of the subscriber.

    Can I withdraw some amount during my tenure in NPS and still continue to subscribe to my NPS Account?

    Yes, NPS Subscriber can withdraw a certain amount out of his own contribution. It is considered as partial withdrawal under NPS:
    Following are the conditions of conditional withdrawal:
    1.Subscriber should be in NPS at least for 3 years
    2.Withdrawal amount will not exceed 25% of the contributions made by the subscriber
    3.Withdrawal can happen a maximum of three times during the entire tenure of subscription.
    4.Withdrawal is allowed only against the specified reasons, for example;
    Higher education of children
    Marriage of children
    For the purchase/construction of residential house (in specified conditions)
    For treatment of critical illnesses

    How is the annuity income taxed?

    NPS qualifies as an EEE product, where your investment is completely tax-free at all stages. Your invested amount, return earned and maturity withdrawal are all completely tax-free.But your Annuity Income will bring taxation as per your Income Tax slab.
    Still have a question? Contact us: info@finmapp.com