Notice No.   20191213-40   Notice Date   13 Dec 2019
Category   Others   Segment   Equity
Subject   Sub. : Collection and reporting of margins by Trading Members (TMs) /Clearing Members (CMs) in Equity Cash Segment
Attachments   Annexure 1.pdf ;

Attention of Members is drawn to SEBI Circular No CIR/HO/MIRSD/DOP/CIR/P/2019/139 dated November 19, 2019 and Indian Clearing Corporation Ltd, (ICCL) Circular No 20191122-8 dated November 22, 2019, regarding collection and reporting of margins by Trading Member (TM) /Clearing Member (CM) in Equity Cash Segment.


In this connection, members are hereby requested to note and comply with the following guidelines pertaining to Margin Collection/Reporting for Equity Cash Segment as stipulated by SEBI/ICCL, which shall be implemented from Jan 01, 2020:


Ø  The margins in Equity cash segment will mean VaR margin, extreme loss margin (ELM), mark to market margin (MTM), special / additional margin or any other margin as prescribed by the Exchange/ICCL to be collected by TM/CM/Custodian from their clients/trading members.


Ø  TMs/CMs/Custodians will be required to mandatorily collect upfront VaR margins and ELM from their respective clients/trading members.


Ø  The TMs/CMs/Custodians will have time till ‘T+2’ working days to collect margins (except VaR margins and ELM) from their clients/trading members. (The clients/trading members must ensure that the VaR margins and ELM are paid in advance of trade and other margins are paid as soon as margin calls are made by the Stock Exchange/TMs/CMs/Custodians. The period of T+2 days has been allowed to TMs/CMs/Custodians to collect margin from clients taking into account the practical difficulties often faced by them only for the purpose of levy of penalty and it should not be construed that clients have been allowed 2 days to pay margin due from them.)


Ø  TMs/CMs/Custodians will be exempted from collecting upfront margins from the institutional investors carrying out institutional trades.


Ø  TMs/CMs/Custodians will be exempted from collecting upfront margins in respect of positions for which client level early pay-in of securities (EPN) and early pay-in of funds (EPF) is done prior to the settlement.


Ø  If the TM/CM/Custodians have collected adequate initial margins from the client to cover the potential losses over time till pay-in, TMs/CMs/Custodians need not collect MTM from their client/TMs.


Ø  Members are required to report the collection of the above mentioned margins, from their clients/trading members by T+5 day. i.e., for trades done on T day, the facility of reporting the margin collection from clients/trading members will be available up to 11.00 pm on T+5 (i.e. 5thworking day from T day).


Ø  Clearing Members (including Custodians) and Trading Members will be provided daily files (refer Annexure 1) for reporting of margin collection as per the following criteria:  


§  Self-Clearing Members (SCMs): Proprietary positions will not be included for margin reporting.


§  CMs other than SCMs: Margins for Proprietary positions of other Trading Members clearing through them will be included in the file.


§  Trading Members:  For trades of their non- Institutional Clients.


§  Custodians: File will include details of CP Code clients clearing through them. Margins levied on transactions confirmed by Custodians on T+1 day will be required to be collected & reported by the custodians.


§  In case of institutional trades not confirmed by the custodians, the margin reporting will be at TM level.


Ø  Procedure for Margin Reporting in Equity Cash Segment


The margin reporting files will be provided to members through Extranet at end of day (EOD). The members will be required to update the margin collection amount (in the respective field) in the same file and upload it within the prescribed timelines:


ü  Download of Margin reporting files from member extranet folder:

Member Extranet>EQ>Transaction>month/date folder


ü  Download the Margin Reporting File as per the below file nomenclature



Margin Reporting File for Clearing Member/Trading Member

File Name


For Clearing Members/Custodians (for unsettled positions)


For Trading Members (for unsettled positions)



ü  Upload Extranet path: Member Extranet>EQ>Uploads>month/date folder


ü  Upload the Margin Reporting File as per the below file nomenclature



Margin Reporting File Received from Clearing Member/Trading Member

File Name


For Clearing Members/Custodians


For Trading Members



ü  Check for System generated Response File



Margin Response File to Clearing Member/Trading Member

File Name


For Clearing Members/Custodians


For Trading Members



General Instructions:


ü  Members will be required to report a single consolidated value comprising of VaR margin, ELM margin, mark to market loss and any other margin as stipulated by Exchange/ICCL in case of Equity cash segment.

ü  Default value in the filler fields will be “0“.  

ü  Members should adhere to file naming conventions strictly for uploading files on Extra-net portal.

ü  In case where the same margin file is uploaded multiple times by the member, then the latest uploaded file will be considered as final.

ü  If the members do not have any margin reporting obligation, then such members with zero margin details will not receive margin reporting file.

ü  The working day excludes Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday at the Exchange, Clearing Banks.



C: Penalty Structure in Equity Cash Segment


Short-collection/non-collection of margins by members will attract penalty with effect from April 1, 2020, as per the penalty structure applicable in Equity Derivatives Segment.


In view of the above, Members are hereby informed that in addition to the existing EOD Files for Equity cash Segment, additional Margin reporting and penalty Files will also be available for download and reporting purpose. The necessary File Format is attached as Annexure 1.


For more details members may refer the aforesaid SEBI/Exchange/ICCL Circulars.


For any clarifications, Members may contact their respective Relationship Managers or any of the following team officials:


Sr. No

Query Type



Clearing Member Inspection & Penalty Norms

022 22728308/8365/8788


Trading Member Margin Reporting/Inspection & Penalty norms

022 22728217/8598


Margin Reporting File Formats

022 22728185/8467/8843/8567

Clearing Member Margin reporting process



For and on behalf of the Indian Clearing Corporation Ltd.


Ravindra B. Palande

Dy. General Manager

Membership & Inspection