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Brokers can't hire celebrities to endorse prize money schemes

The move follows directives issued by capital market regulator Sebi in this regard

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Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai

Top stock exchanges BSE and the National (NSE) have barred brokers from engaging celebrities to endorse schemes involving distribution of prize money and asked them to withdraw advertisements, if any, with immediate effect.

The NSE has decided not to approve any advertisement by brokers, which are related to leagues or schemes or competitions till further communication.

The move follows directives issued by the Secutities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in this regard. In respect of schemes offered by third-parties or group companies or associates of a stock broker, which could involve distribution of prize money and advertisements issued by stock brokers, trading members have been told to ensure no advertisements celebrities, BSE and NSE said in respective circulars.

In its notice, NSE has also asked its trading members to withdraw any advertisement already issued on leagues, schemes and competitions, featuring celebrities with immediate effect. “... approval will not be granted to any advertisement by brokers which are related to leagues/schemes/competitions etc till further communication,” it added.

Earlier this week, BSE had issued a cautionary note to its investors against schemes offered by third party or group company involving prize money.

The exchange had said participation in such schemes is at investors' own risk, cost and consequences as these are neither approved nor endorsed by the exchange.

Besides, BSE has said that in disputes relating to such schemes, facilities such as dispute resolution mechanism, investor grievance redressal administered by the and benefits of investor protection under Sebi/stock exchange jurisdiction will not be available to investors.

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First Published: Mon, August 15 2016. 00:17 IST