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For Indian investors, navigating the intricacies of the stock market can sometimes involve unfamiliar terms. One such term that has recently gained prominence is the Client Unpaid Securities Pledgee Account (CUSPA). This blog delves into the world of CUSPA, explaining its purpose, functioning, and potential implications for investors.

What are unpaid securities?

Prior to April 1, 2023, a potential issue existed when investors purchased securities but failed to fulfil their payment obligations. This could create complexities in the settlement process and pose challenges for brokers. To address this, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced the CUSPA framework.

What is CUSPA?

CUSPA, or Client Unpaid Securities Pledgee Account, is a special type of account maintained by trading members (brokers) at depositories (NSDL or CDSL). Its primary purpose is to hold unpaid securities purchased by clients who haven't completed the payment process.

How does CUSPA work?

Here's a breakdown of the CUSPA mechanism:

  • Transaction Initiation: An investor initiates a trade to buy securities.
  • Settlement Obligation: The broker has a T+1 (settlement day) obligation to deliver the purchased securities to the investor's demat account.
  • Payment Failure: If the investor fails to make the required payment for the purchased securities within a specified timeframe (typically T+3 days), the unfunded securities are transferred to the broker's CUSPA account.
  • Auto-Pledge: These unfunded securities are automatically pledged in favour of the CUSPA account, essentially acting as collateral for the outstanding payment.

What happens if your securities are in CUSPA?

Once the securities are in CUSPA:

  • Notification: The broker is obligated to notify the investor about the non-payment and the transfer to CUSPA.
  • Payment Window: The investor has a limited window (usually a few days) to make the payment and have the securities transferred back to their demat account.
  • Non-Payment Consequences: If the investor fails to settle the dues within the specified timeframe, the broker has the right to sell the pledged securities on the stock exchange to recover the outstanding amount.

Benefits of CUSPA

  • Streamlined Settlement: CUSPA ensures a smoother settlement process by holding unpaid securities and facilitating easier recovery for brokers.
  • Transparency: The auto-pledge feature provides transparency to investors regarding the status of their securities and potential consequences of non-payment.
  • Reduced Risk: By holding unpaid securities as collateral, CUSPA mitigates the risk of brokers incurring losses due to client defaults.

Investor considerations with CUSPA

  • Timely Payments: Investors need to be aware of their payment obligations and ensure timely settlements to avoid their purchased securities being transferred to CUSPA.
  • Monitoring Account: If you invest in stocks, then regularly monitoring your demat account activity is crucial to identify any potential CUSPA transfers due to payment failures.
  • Communication with Broker: Open communication with your broker regarding any payment delays or challenges can help avoid unnecessary complications related to CUSPA.


The introduction of CUSPA has streamlined the settlement process in the Indian stock market. While it protects brokers from potential losses, investors need to be aware of their obligations and the implications of non-payment. By understanding CUSPA and maintaining a responsible approach to settlements, investors can ensure a smooth and hassle-free trading experience.