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Sebi moves to safeguard demat accounts through block mechanism

Sebi, in a circular on Friday, said that the decision was taken "considering the benefits of block mechanism"

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Following the Karvy scandal in 2019, Sebi had announced a slew of measures to prevent misuse of client securities by brokers.

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Market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), has announced fresh steps to safeguard investors’ demat accounts. The regulator has said that the so-called block mechanism will become mandatory for all early pay-in transactions with effect from November 14. The early pay of securities is used by traders to reduce their margin obligations.

Presently, the block mechanism facility is optional. So shares sold by an investor are either transferred to brokers’ pool and then sent to the clearing corporation or remain blocked in an investor’s demat account and get delivered to the clearing corporation directly. Going ahead, the former

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First Published: Aug 19 2022 | 8:21 PM IST

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