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What is Depository?

A Depository is like a bank where securities are held in electronic (dematerialised) form. In India, there are two Depositories -National Securities Depositories Limited (NSDL) and Central Depository Services Limited (CDSL).


Under the Depositories Act, investors can avail of the services of the Depositories through Depository Participants (DP) such as ICICI Bank. DP's are like bank branches wherein shares in physical form need to be deposited for converting the same to electronic (demat) form.