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The Indian stock market offers a diverse range of investment options, and understanding the different types of scrips (stock certificates) is crucial for making informed decisions. This blog focuses on Trade-to-Trade (T2T) scrips, explaining their characteristics, potential benefits and drawbacks, and how they differ from regular stock holdings.

What are Trade-to-Track (T2T) scrips?

T2T scrips represent stocks where delivery of the underlying shares is mandatory upon purchase. Unlike regular equity trades that can be settled through a rolling settlement mechanism (typically T+2 days), T2T stocks require immediate delivery and payment on the same day (T+0).

Key characteristics of T2T scrips

  • Compulsory Delivery: When you buy a T2T scrip, you are obligated to take physical delivery of the shares and pay for them on the same trading day.
  • No Intraday Trading: Intraday trading (buying and selling the same stock within a day) is not permitted with T2T scrips.
  • Market Segmentation: Exchanges classify certain stocks as T2T scrips based on various criteria, such as low market capitalization or high volatility.

Why are stocks moved to the T2T scrips?

  • Curbing Speculation: Exchanges might designate a stock as T2T to control excessive speculation and price manipulation, especially for stocks with low liquidity.
  • Ensuring Settlement: T2T delivery helps to ensure timely settlement and reduce the risk of defaults, particularly for stocks with a history of settlement issues.

Is there a benefit to T2T scrips?

  • Reduced Counterparty Risk: T2T settlement minimises the risk of counterparty default as delivery and payment occur simultaneously.

Drawbacks of T2T Scrips

  • Limited Liquidity: The requirement for immediate delivery can restrict liquidity for T2T stocks, making it challenging to buy or sell them quickly.
  • Reduced Investment Flexibility: The inability to engage in intraday trading limits investment strategies for T2T scrips.
  • Higher Transaction Costs: Frequent delivery and payment can potentially lead to higher transaction costs due to brokerage fees.

Who should consider T2T scrips?

T2T scrips are generally less suitable for most retail investors due to the limitations on trading strategies and potential liquidity issues. However, they might be relevant for:

  • Long-Term Investors: Investors with a long-term investment horizon who are comfortable taking delivery and holding the shares for a long period may consider T2T stocks if the underlying company has strong fundamentals.

Identifying T2T scrips

  • Stockbrokers' Platforms: Most online brokerage platforms allow you to filter stocks based on their settlement type. Look for the T2T designation or any similar category.
  • Exchange Websites: The websites of stock exchanges like NSE and BSE might provide information about T2T scrips or a mechanism to identify them.


While T2T scrips offer a specific settlement mechanism, they generally come with limitations and may not be suitable for all investors. Before investing in a T2T scrip, thoroughly research the underlying company, understand the settlement process, and ensure it aligns with your investment goals and risk tolerance. Consider consulting a financial advisor for personalised advice.