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Paytm Money takes LIC IPO to retail stores — places QR codes for free demat accounts to make investment accessible to the common man

One97 Communications Limited, that owns the brand Paytm, India’s leading digital payments and financial services company, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Paytm Money is set to take LIC IPO to retail stores. The company has placed QR codes at kirana stores across the country, to introduce the common man to the power of investing with free demat accounts for lifetime. Using these QR codes, any individual will be able to easily create their free demat accounts – mandatory for stock market trading – and place their bids for the LIC IPO.

LIC IPO is the biggest market debut in India and given that the brand is ubiquitous in the country, the QR codes are being put up at Paytm partnered merchant outlets to ensure interested investors can easily apply for the IPO. This initiative will contribute to the growth of retail participation in the capital markets as people get free demat accounts.

Paytm Money spokesperson said, “We have seen retail investor participation growing in the capital markets over the last few years and this is set to see a further boost with the LIC IPO. Given that many new eager investors will want to start their wealth management journey now, we are placing our QR codes at Paytm merchant partners’ stores across the country that will give them free demat accounts. This reflects Paytm Money’s constant commitment to empowering thousands of small investors by helping them start off their IPO journey in a smooth and seamless manner.”

Paytm Money has become the first discount broker in the country to allow high networth individuals (HNIs) to place higher bids of upto Rs 5,00,000 through UPI, without having to go through Bank ASBA flows. Furthermore, it has created a separate category for policyholders who are eligible to apply for the LIC IPO, in addition to the retail investor category.

Paytm Money has also enabled pre-open IPO applications that will help investors apply
even before it opens for subscription. Such applications will be recorded in Paytm Money’s system and will be sent to exchanges as soon as the IPO goes live.

In addition to IPOs, Paytm Money adds up as a holistic wealth management and trading platform which individuals can use for investing in stocks, F&O, Open API trading, ETFs, Direct Mutual Funds, NPS Wealth Community, Portfolio Management Services and a Wealth Academy. The platform services retail investors and advanced traders across India and processes over 100 million transactions in a year.

The platform has achieved a rapid growth rate organically with over 8.5 lakh trading accounts along with 9 million registered direct Mutual Fund investors. Over 75% of users on the platform are below the age of 35. Paytm Money has a total AUM of ₹11,000 crore, with an average daily turnover of over ₹70,000 crore. In the last one year, the platform has processed over 16.2 million mutual funds transactions and over 31 million equity orders. The platform is also among India’s Top 3 digital distributors of NPS on fintech apps with 1L+ registered users. The Paytm Wealth Community has over 1.3 lakh unique users, has hosted 390 Live Events which have made way for 3,000 Hours of content viewed. In the last year, most popular IPOs on the platform were Zomato, Glenmark Lifesciences, Paytm while the top stocks held by the users were Tata Motors, Tata Power, ITC.

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