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Brokers will not be able to make bank guarantees on customers funds, instructions to end existing guarantees by 30 Sep

Pankaj Prasad

SEBI has asked stock exchanges and clearing corporations to monitor closure of bank guarantees in an orderly manner.

Capital market regulator SEBI has now barred stock market brokers from creating bank guarantees on clients' funds. Also said that the existing guarantee should be terminated by 30 September. This new rule will come into effect from May 1. As per the current system, brokers and other intermediaries pledge clients' funds with banks, which in turn give guarantees for clearing large sums to clearing corporations. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said in a circular on Tuesday that the process exclusively puts customer funds at risk.

Stock Exchange and Clearing Corporation will monitor

SEBI has asked stock exchanges and clearing corporations to monitor closure of bank guarantees in an orderly manner. It may be noted that in the past also investors have suffered losses due to pledging of clients' shares. Analysts say that this order will prevent the possibility of misuse of customers' funds.

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