Upstox Vs ICICI Direct – 9 Unbiased Comparison Points To Know Who Is Better?

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This Upstox vs ICICI Direct review and comparison is going to be very interesting for you as well, reason being last year in month of November and December 2020, Upstox have beaten ICICI direct to be the 2nd largest stock broker in India in terms of active client list.

Hers is what happened last year in 2020 since October, Upstox had around 1.5 million active clients and reached to second position in comparison to ICICIDirect with 1.3 million active client list. Just like a cricket game the scoreboard keeps on changing in broking industry too the position do gets change specially for top 5 stock brokers position.

According to the latest month ending Feb 28, 2021 NSE list of active clients showed the Upstox maintained it’s 2nd position with about 19,60,861 active clients whereas ICICIDirect retained the 3rd position again with about 14,35,356 active clients. 

One needs to understand here, these totally depends on how actively a stock broker is retaining its clients, this also shows Upstox is no mood to loose it’s top position in long term in front of any discount brokers and in near term they will try to reach the top position for sure.

Having said that, One also needs to understand that, earlier full-time brokers have kind of monopoly in broking industry and they have played the game on their pitch, but with the rising discount brokers and extraordinary features such as low brokerage structure, great technical and fundamental analysis trading platform, no cost in opening trading/demat account as well as best customer service experience have created space.

This space is now filled by best stock brokers in India such as Upstox, 5Paisa, Fyers, Groww, Espresso by Sharekhan etc.  Moreover nowadays the full-time stock brokers are trying to become discount brokers and discount brokers are trying to offer services which were earlier only offered by fulltime stock brokers. Such as stock recommendation, mutual fund investment, loans services, etc.

The reason I wanted you to tell this instead of directly doing the comparison between Upstox and ICICIDirect is to make you understand what exactly is going on nowadays in broking industry, which will make you more aware about choosing the best stock broker for getting the services.

Now, enough of Gyan? , let us comeback to the main topic which is about Upstox Vs ICICI Direct review and knowing who is best amongst both. For this we will go through each services offered by them step by step.

You can read the separate review of Upstox and ICICI Direct Here.

One more thing the post on moneycontain for comparison and review may seem very long, it is due to the comparison of all services by facts and not just plain information.

You have the options to choose from below table of contents to go a particular subtopic which you want to know about. Let us now know in brief about Upstox and ICICI Direct.

 



 

About Upstox Vs ICICI Direct:

Upstox is a discount broker whereas the ICICIDirect is a fulltime broker, Both are depository participant (DP) for both NSDL and CDSL.

 

About Upstox Vs ICICI Direct

 

Recently Upstox have announced building technology and platform to trade in US markets as well by mid 2021 this year. Whereas ICICIDirect have already announced launch of their Global Investment Platform last year 2020. Now you can invest in your favorite brands listed in US markets and create an intelligent portfolio. Access to global markets helps diversify your portfolio and reduce overall risk.

Now that we know in brief about the Upstox and ICICI Direct let us compare them on other important factors below.

 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct Margin Comparison:

Margin in stock market refers to buying/selling of securities (shares) by borrowing money from your broker. This is very much similar to taking loan for short period of time. This helps traders in buying or selling more with less money in intraday trading.

If you are an active trader or a beginner who knows what exactly going on with recent changes brought by SEBI, Higher Margin won’t be a factor anymore, now the competition among the broking industry is in terms of better trading platforms and lower brokerages plans.

The upfront margin collection in cash segment has been kept at flat 20%, which means now the leverage for all stocks would be 5x also the penalty provision for short-collection/ non-collection of upfront margin in cash segment has been postponed till 1,dec, 2020.

This means regardless of any broker you won’t get more than 5X times margin in equity cash segment and in FNO you need to have the full margin span+exposure to take any position.

However, this will get implemented in a phased manner from Dec,1,2020 till Aug 2021, so no need to worry as of now. You can read more about it here.

Therefore, the margin or leverages offered will be equal irrespective of the stock brokers in India going forward.

In simple term margin will be:

Maximum of 20 times until Feb 2021

Maximum of 10x from Mar to May 2021

Maximum of 7x from Jun to Aug 2021

Maximum of 5x from Sep 2021 onwards

Above are rough estimates only, it may be more or less similar. check the complete VAR+ELM list here. With 10x leverage, if you have 10k in your account your purchasing power becomes 100k, with 5x leverage it comes down to 50k, so you will have to adjust accordingly.

Margins will increase for Option writing as well, margin requirements will be as below:

  • 25%(4X) of the SPAN + Exposure margins until Feb 2021
  • 50%(2X) of the SPAN + Exposure margins until from Mar to May 2021
  • 75%(1.33X) of the SPAN + Exposure margins until Jun to Aug 2021
  • Full SPAN + Exposure margins from Sep 2021

From 1st Dec 2020, intraday FnO positions needs a margin requirement of 25% of 1L, which is 25,000 for intraday FnO position. This requirement goes-up to 100% of FULL span + exposure margin or full 1L from Sep 2021.

Keep in mind this also applies to Currency and commodity derivatives as well.

For example: if there is a 20% margin requirement on a particular stock, then you will have to pay only Rs.20 to buy a stock of Rs.100. Another way to look at it is that if you have Rs.100, you will be able to buy five stocks instead of one.

Hence, the margin requirement will be same for all brokers including upstox and ICICIDirect for intraday trading in equites. Having said that there are different types of orders that one can place to get maximum margin.

One need to understand taking more margin means more risk and chances of your money getting wiped out is even more, so it is always advisable to use it in limited way.

So going forward please choose stock broker not in terms of margin or leverage as it is same for all brokers through out India.

 



 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct Brokerages Comparison:

Brokerage is the most important factor when you trade and invest, both upstox and 5Paisa have quite low brokerages. Brokerage is something which as a trader and investor one should always be looking at before choosing the broker.

Let us first know about the brokerage of upstox,

You pay ₹20 /trade* or 0.05% (whichever is lower) for Intraday trading in Stocks, Future & Option, Currencies & Commodities. Whereas no brokerage at all for delivery based trades.

What they mean is, suppose you bought stock xyz priced at Rs.100, quantity 100 on intraday basis,

so the total turnover would be bought 100, sold 100(100*200)=  20,000 on this amount they will charge either whichever amount is lower as 0.05% of 20000, is Rs.10 so they will charge that instead of flat Rs.20.

Moreover for investing in mutual funds there are no brokerage or commission is charged at upstox at all.

Overall the brokerage charges at upstox are quite low and decent in comparison to other brokers.

Let us now move on check the brokerage at ICICI.

ICICIdirect have listened to the people demands and have slashed the brokerage in every segment. They have come up with new brokerage plan termed as NEO, Here is the new brokerage structure as per ICICIdirect from December 07, 2020 onwards:

 

the new brokerage structure as per ICICIdirect from December 07,2020

 

Apart from above segments i.e. equity intraday, Future and options they have also reduced the brokerage in Commodity and Currency segments:

The New ICICIdirect NEO Brokerage In Currency Segment (FNO):

 

The New ICICIdirect Brokerage In Currency Segment (FNO

 

New brokerage would be @ ₹20 per order only. There would not be any brokerage on lots. New brokerage is effective from December 7, 2020.

The New ICICIdirect NEO Brokerage In Commodity Segments (FNO):

 

The New ICICIdirect Brokerage In Commodity Segments (FNO)

 

New brokerage would be @ ₹20 per order only. There would not be any brokerage on lots. New brokerage is effective from December 7, 2020.

So, overall if we compare the brokerage at upstox and ICICI Direct both are somehow equal accept Upstox is not charging flat Rs.20 per order, Hence Upstox can be counted as winning the race in charging less brokerage from it’s customers.

 



 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct Trading and Demat Account Opening Charges:

No, it was not always the case, Icici direct used to charge for trading and demat account opening, however after facing tough competition from Zerodha as well as other discount brokerages such as 5Paisa, Fyers, upstox, they have decided to lure the customers with free 3 in 1 account, which is great by the way.

ICICI Direct offers 3-in-1 accounts which includes ICICI bank account, ICICI trading account, and ICICI demat account. The 3-in-1 trading account gives you the convenience of opening a demat, trading & bank account.

You can seamlessly trade in Shares, Futures & Options, Currencies, commodities, invest in Mutual Funds, IPOs and Life Insurance.

»»  Trading Account Opening Charges: Free
»»  Trading Account AMC: Free
»»  Demat Account Opening Charges: Free
»»  Demat Account AMC: Rs 700 PA (Waived for 1st year) Excluding taxes

However, if the Demat account is under Basic Service DEMAT Account (BSDA), no AMC is levied for holding value up to 50000.

 

ICICI Direct Trading and Demat Account Charges

 

Get additional benefits with ICICI Direct now:

 

icicidirect offers

 

Open free Trading/Demat/Bank account within minutes online hassle-free paperless and start investing and trading. 

The account opening charges at upstox depends on the plans you take moreover they have also tied up with IndusInd bank to give you a 3 in 1 account i.e. (trading/demat/bank account):

For Retail Clients:

Demat and Trading account– You can choose from a plan of Rs 249 and get brokerage credit worth Rs 400. A plan of 499 and get brokerage credit worth Rs 1000. A plan of 999 and get brokerage credit worth Rs 2500.

Keep in mind this charges are only a one time fee for opening the account as per your wish.

There will be a monthly maintenance charge of Rs 25 (excluding GST), which will be charged at the end of every month.

The AMC charges will be debited from your Trading a/c.

However, as a limited period offer you can open an trading demat and bank account absolutely free in upstox and also Get additional benefits with Upstox when you open an account through this link. 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct - 9 Unbiased Comparison Points To Know Who Is Better?
Click on the Image To Open Free Account

 

So, overall in terms of account opening charges both upstox and ICICI Direct are offering a free account for users as of now.

But here is the thing, The AMC charges of upstox (Rs.300) is quite low as compare to ICICIDirect (Rs.700) Moreover both ICICI Direct  and Upstox is much better for people who not only do intraday trade but make other investments, such as investment in ELSS, PPF, SIP’s, FD, RD, ETF’s etc., or looking for Loans or credit cards, Insurance etc.

Moreover, you can get research reports related to stock market, stock recommendation, IPO/NFO reports and much more, There are so many things you can do with Upstox and ICICIDirect at one place which is not at all possible with other discount or full time stock broker.

 



 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct Account Opening Process Online:

The account opening process is online and it’s very seamless and smooth. Here is what you need to do:

To open an account with Upstox online, you can sign up using your mobile number through this link.

Similarly, to open an account with ICICI Direct just click on this and do the registration by entering your name, mobile no. and email.

You will receive an OTP to your number and you can get started with the process.

You will be required to enter your PAN, Bank account details and personal details to continue with the sign-up.

Once you sign up you need to upload certain documents listed below:

1. Your PAN card

2. Your Aadhaar

3. To complete the e Sign process, you will have to authenticate it with an OTP. So, make sure you have the number linked to your Aadhaar handy. If not, you will not be able to complete the process. If the number linked to your Aadhaar is inactive, or if you don’t have any number linked, then you can visit your nearest Aadhaar Seva Kendra to get it updated.

4. Cancelled cheque/Bank statement to link your bank account –
If your cheque is not personalized then the bank statement you upload should have both the IFSC and MICR code printed on it. If not then your application will be rejected. The bank statement has to be self-attested.

5. A photo or scanned copy of your signature proof will be required to be uploaded.

6. Income proof
It is mandatory to submit income proof if you wish to trade in Futures and options – Equity, Commodity, and Currency.  You can submit one of the below documents.
Form-16
Income tax returns acknowledgment
6-month Bank statement
Latest salary slip
Demat holding statement, or
A CA certifying your net worth

Note: The documents mentioned are for a Resident Individual Account.

Open a Free Trading/Demat/Mutual Fund account Online and Start Your Investing Journey Within Minutes!!! 

 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct Trading Platform Comparison:

The most important part of any trading platform is the tools and resources it has to technical analysis. Upstox and ICICI Direct both has all the indicators and types of chart required to make it possible.

 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct Trading Platform Comparison

 

Whether you want to use:

MACD indicator

Bollinger Bands indicator

RSI indicator

Volume Indicator

Support and Resistance indicator

Different Candlestick patterns etc. you name the indicator and it will be there, so all in all Upstox and ICICI Direct has everything what is needed for a hassle-free trading platform. You can add- withdraw funds directly, create or back-test trading strategies and lot more.

The reason I am not involving all the features of different trading platform, because unnecessary post will be long, however you can read them in detail if you want here for Upstox trading platform for ICICI Direct trading platform.

Having said that Upstox trading platform offers much better user interface as well as they have many other services integrated within the platform such as Sensibull, small case, etc.

Whereas recently ICICIDirect have also signed up with Sensibull for option trading strategies moreover they have their own fundamental research team to guide you while making investments.

Overall, if you see Upstox trading platform is little better than ICICI Direct in comparison.

 



 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct Other Services Comparison:

In this section you can see the comparison regarding all the various services offered by zerodha and Icici direct at one place.

 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct Other Services Comparison

 

In above image there is few things missing, for example if you signup with upstox 3in1 account you are eligible for insurance/ loans products too and you can invest in gold/bonds/NCD/DEBT as well.

Just to let you know the intraday square-off timing at Upstox is 3:20, where as with ICICI Direct it’s 3:25. Other than this ICICI direct recently announce launch of their Global Investment Platform. Below are some of the features:

 

icici direct option selling margin

 

Whereas Upstox is yet to launch their global investment platform in market. So overall if you see, Upstox on one hand covers all the services a discount broker should have, on the other hand ICICI Direct being a full time broker offers all different financial services. 

 

Upstox Vs ICICI Direct Overall Comparison:

I have already used both their services as well as wrote the reviews about them in detailed way separately, based on my experience and facts below are things you can consider before opening an account with them.

  1. Upstox is a discount broker not full time so do not expect stock recommendation or market research reports as of now, may be in the future they come up with this things.
  2. Upstox trading platform is better in comparison with ICICI Direct in terms of user interface as well as ease of placing orders while trading.
  3. ICICI Direct is a full time broker, you may enjoy stock recommendation as well as market reports for free.
  4. ICICI Direct has option for you to make investment in US stocks as well whereas Upstox is about to launch the same feature this year later.
  5. Upstox brokerages are lower than ICICI Direct brokerages
  6. Square-off timing at upstox is 3:20 and for ICICI Direct it is 3:25 for equity and derivatives.
  7. Call and trade charges are Rs.20 for both stock brokers but ICICI charges more after 20 calls a month
  8. Other charges such as stamp duty, DP, transactions charges remains same for both.
  9. Instant fund transfer facility is available at ICICI Direct, whereas for Upstox Withdrawal request should be placed before 8:45 am for the funds to be transferred on the same day else it will be done on the next day.
  10. Both stock brokers are allowing free 3-in-1 Trading/ Demat/Bank account online paper-less.
  11. You can earn up to 6% interest rates with amount held in your trading account with upstox no such thing with ICICIDirect.
  12. You can expect upstox customer service better than ICICIDirect at any given day.
  13. Overall, Upstox when compared on all parameters is still better than ICICIDirect.

 



 

My Opinion On Upstox Vs ICICI Direct:

I hope you have now thoroughly understood most of the services offered by Upstox and ICICI Direct, if you ask me in Upstox vs ICICI Direct who is better?

Upstox as an stockbroker has made its place in the Indian stock broker industry with their fast and efficient trading platforms, sophisticated charting software’s combined with speed and reliability as well ease of opening the account online paperless.

They are now at the top 2nd position in India for having the most active clients and can be trusted without any doubt.  The charges and brokerages are very much reasonable in comparison to other brokers, if you are thinking of opening a trading/demat/mutual fund combined account, than do not put any second thought.

If I have to rate upstox overall as an leading discount broker I will give it 9 out of 10, So, go ahead and open an free account now there is nothing to lose its a win-win deal.

So, if you are more of a trader making intraday trades on daily basis and looking for other segments such as Fixed deposits (FD), Recurring deposits (RD), PPF, ELSS, Loans like personal loan, home loan, insurance etc. than you should go with Upstox without any doubt.

To open an account with Upstox right away click on this link.

Whereas if we talk about ICICI Direct it is more suitable for trading, investment and banking purpose. However with the new brokerage structure that ICICIdirect have launched on December 7, 2020 and slashed the brokerages to somewhat similar to upstox, now you can do intraday trading without worrying about higher brokerage charges like previously.

If I have to rate the ICICI Direct in comparison with Upstox, I will give 8.6 out of 10.

Moreover there are no charges for opening an account as of now with ICICI Direct so nothing to lose. So don’t wait, go ahead and open an account now with ICICI Direct. There is no better deal you can get apart from ICICIDirect as an full-time broker.

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