by HDFC Securities

Starting 1st Jan, 2020, HDFC Securities got everyone by surprise by introducing, a no-frills US investing platform, powered by Stockal and a brokerage account with Drivewealth which is complaint with all the US regulators and also SEC registered. No account minimums. You start investing with any amount you wish.

Next, ICICI Securities, is also bringing a global door for us. But, ZERODHA was the first to promise and as usual no word on it. Meanwhile US stocks are hitting new highs day after day.


Have you tried those? They are horrible!

Yes! I am using Stockal, I wouldn’t say its horrible. It’s nice, efficient and I buy/sell stocks in a plain hassle free manner. Although the bank transfer charges are HEFTY.
Hope Zerodha, brings a low cost version. And a better one too.

I guess you are already investing so can you please clarify a few points…

  1. Is it just for investment or full fledged trading purposes?
  2. Is intraday allowed?
  3. What are the charges? I saw there was a gold plan but despite the 1cent per share charge are there other transaction charges, taxes etc etc…
  4. Can one purchase LEAPs? (Long term options)
  5. Which exchanges are enabled?
  1. No intraday allowed. You can buy today and sell tomorrow or hold forever.
  2. Charges are pretty hefty in terms of forex and wire charges that is levied by our home banks.
  3. No F&O allowed.

Just one more question. Are the charges (Forex conversion etc etc.) in range of 3-5% or even higher?

  1. Whatever is allowed under Fema laws and liberalised remittance scheme (LRS) for us Indians. LRS allows you 2,50000 usd per year

  2. Basically investment only no speculation…no derivative as of now.

3.Intraday may not fall under investments. They do allow 4 a week though.

  1. A 40 odd.min video is there on youtube.

  2. All things other than investment in shares and mutual.funds will not.get clarity anytime soon. Try as you may reading interpreting LRS or reach RBI for clarity. So conservative reading of the law will be helpful here


definitely not, I’ve been using stockal from past 3 months and the platform is good. Compared to the other services being offered by banks Stockal is miles ahead.

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Just wondering how much they charge for forex conversion? I mean what percentage?

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Min. withdrawal charges (Both on Vested Finance & Stockal) is minimum $35 that is charged by Wells Fargo to withdraw money.

FX conversion free is Rs. 1000 or 3% whichever is higher upto USD 500. Above, USD 500, 2% in case of YES BANK.
Yes Bank’s service is pretty neat, hassle free and much more easier that other banks.


Hey @adarsh73 @itsadam - is there an insurance for my investments done via StockAl? A bit concerned since this foreign investment is relatively a new thing - what if my money gets stuck in the process?

They don’t have any forex charges. The forex conversion depends on the bank which is processing LRS for fund transfer

If Stockal goes down, your account will still be safe you will be able to access it and/or move it to another brokerage firm as you please. But you are also insured up-to $500,000 dollars in case of any Mishap.