Stock Markets

Quantity Freeze Limits – What you need to know

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Stock exchanges around the world introduce rules and regulations from time to time in order to protect and sustain the market activity in the long-run. One such rule is Quantity Freeze. It helps to regulate the flow of orders within a certain specified quantity and avoid flash moves in either direction. Any order size above the pre-defined limits will be automatically canceled by NSE and the limits available in the client ID will be blocked for the rest of the day to ensure that such breaches do not occur.

Logic of Quantity Freeze:

In a busy marketplace in which transactions are happening every split second, things can go haywire if the flow is disrupted by disproportionately large buy/sell orders. Whether these orders are placed by large non-institutional players, rogue traders or it happens by accident, it can affect the short-term prices of the underlying derivative contract. For instance, assume that a trader sends an order to sell/short 25,000 Nifty Bank futures by mistake instead of 250. Let’s also assume that he has the limits in his account to fulfill the margin for that trade. By mistake, he would’ve put himself at huge risk and in the process disrupted the order flow for other traders. This is referred to as a fat finger trade and we’ve seen such errors happen in the markets before. A quantity freeze ensures that such mishaps do not happen and trading activity goes on as usual. If traders want to buy or sell large quantities beyond the freeze limits, then they will have to slice it into smaller orders.

Benefits of Quantity Freeze:

• Smooth order flow.
• Better liquidity (Large orders will have to be sent in smaller quantities).
• Better execution
• Avoids accidents (Fat finger trades)
• Discourages the formation of dark pools (As institutions don’t have the incentive to hide from large HFT to some extent).

Information on Quantity freeze limits:

From time to time when there are revisions in the quantity freeze limits, NSE publishes these revisions via circulars. The latest circular on the quantity freeze limits for Indices dated December 31,2019 and shall be applicable as under w.e.f. January 01,2020.

This information is available to you and you can access them at any time. Often, this is received on short notice and the limits can change based on the exchange’s internal checks. Also, download the scrip wise quantity freeze for the derivatives contracts.  Below is a screenshot of the above circular for your reference.

If your account is locked due to quantity freeze, we request you to get in touch with us immediately so that we can get in touch with the exchange and re-enable your account at the earliest.

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Tejas Khoday

Tejas Khoday

Tejas is the Co-Founder & CEO at FYERS, the youngest team to get NSE’s broker license. He has a specialization in finance and has over 10 years of work experience spanning across proprietary trading, risk management, and broking. Tejas & his team started FYERS, a technology-focused brokerage as a mission to transform the trading/investment landscape in India.

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  • Avatar Varun says:

    How can i place order above quantity limit.. does fyers app allow multiple order (2×4950) to be placed in one go. There have been instances where i wanted to purchase more than 10000 quantity on thursday when the price is low and i coudlnt do it on zerodha. If fyers gives that option i would love to try it out.

  • Avatar Ajay Deshpande says:

    My query is if this is applicable only to the index scrips or for the other stock FNO scrips as well? Is there a way I can find out how much limit is prescribed for all the other scrips at one place?

  • Avatar Brajesh Singh says:

    How long will it take to re-enable a locked account?

  • Avatar Sangamesh says:

    What is the quantity freeze limits for PC jewellers futures?

  • Avatar B M Rao says:

    what is the margin required for btst in cash segment.

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    sir is there any way to draw pivot point in your web platform?

  • Avatar shrikanth.N says:

    Dear Sir
    can you please tell us tentative time of euro/usd trade will start?

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      If I knew, I would tell. The thing is nobody knows because NSE has not yet announced any dates yet. I will alert everyone as soon as I have information.

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    tejas sir what next we can expect from Fyers after new web platform?

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      Hello Amit, we introduced 4 new updates in the last 4 weeks on Fyers Web. We’ve sent you an email yesterday. Hope you have had a look at it.

  • Avatar Trade_Genie says:

    Hope your platform can handle trades better.. I am sick of Zerodha Pi failing again and again. I saw mail about your new web launch.. when is it coming out?

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      Trade_Genie, Our platforms are built in-house with a special focus on seamless execution. Although I wouldn’t like to name a competitor to compare our trading platforms, I would suggest you try us out. Fyers Web launched today. Here’s the link:

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    sir approximately how much more time is required ?
    just bcz of these order types i don’t feel comfortable while trading with fyers.
    Pls try to launch it as early as possible.

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      Amit, As you know we are an in-house platform and unlike other brokers who get these products through their software vendors and are in a pre-approved stage, they can launch it sooner. There are lengthy documentation, procedures and stuff needed to roll this out. So we’re focusing on other developments which matter to traders more. Request you to wait till the month end. We’ll give you a good surprise with Fyers Web.

      BO/CO orders is just a leveraged execution algo order type. Yes, I do understand that many traders want this nowadays, but there are several things which they want which other brokers don’t provide as of now. We’ll pioneer in these areas.

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    sir till when we have to wait for bracket and cover order?
    i m requesting this feature from many months.

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      These order types will take time Amit. We’re working on other things.. In a few days we’re launching Fyers Web.

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    sir pls don’t change your Brokerage plan OR else put a percentage (0.01% as earlier) to Maxm of Rs.20/-.
    Bcz in your previous brokerage plan there is 2 part ; one 0.01% and maxm Rs.100
    Big traders who are normally generating brokerage of rs.100 per order are not affected But small traders and new traders whose brokerage don’t even go upto Rs.20/- are greatly affected.
    Big traders generate profit in thousands and lakhs ; paying rs.40(20+20) per order will not affect them But small traders who earn profit in few hundreds rupees only will get greatly affected.
    Hope you will understand my suggestion and do the needful.

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      Dear Amit, we just reduced our brokerage by 80% to 20/- per executed order. So far, we have received very positive responses from many of our clients. Thing is, that we’re trying to make it simple for everyone and also be compensated for taking a haircut from our previous brokerage charges. Request you to see the quality of services we provide in comparison to our peers. In any case, if you don’t want the change, you can opt to continue under the old charges.

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    eagerly waiting for your new web platform. pls launch it soon

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    sir when you are launching your new web platform?

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    pls launch BO/CO soon sir. this is the only reason stoping me to choose fyers as my primary broker.

  • Avatar Suraj says:

    This helped me learn something new. Thanks for the information.

  • Avatar Anmol says:

    Hi I am from Siliguri, West Bengal. I noticed ur blogs are really good but you don’t have branch here in WB that’s why i didn’t yet open account with you. Please let me know ur details.. i will try with 20-30 thousand and see ur platform.

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      Hello Anmol, Thx! Well we’re an online broker so opening branches across the country doesn’t make sense for our business model. To give you some facts, our clients are evely spread across India and we have many of them from Siliguri too. The service you get is the same whether you are located beside our office in Bangalore or any other part of India. Think about it, Paytm doesn’t have branches in every city of India either. 🙂

  • Avatar Aayush says:

    I did not know that stock exchanges have certain regulations regarding quantity traded… Thanks for the info.

  • Avatar Saurabh says:

    Is there a particular duration for which quantity is frozen?

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      It is frozen for the day. If you want to unfreeze, you’ll need to call us so we can contact the exchange and do the needful.

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    pls launch BO/CO feature in fyers one

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      Amit, will do but currently, we’re working on the web trader. We have taken your points into consideration 🙂

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    when you are launching your new web based platform?

  • Avatar Hardik says:

    Thanks for the clarity Tejas

  • Avatar Big_Trade says:

    Hi I am tamilian settled in Singapore. I have an account with Karvy and I had same doubt but till today they didn’t give me this knowledge about quantity freeze.. Do you have NRI segment or is it better to open normal account?

  • Avatar sunny says:

    Sir, i m a bit confuse about your Orders system, kindly clear it-
    suppose i buy a stock @ 100 and want to place a stoploss of RS.5 along with trailing of RS.2 ;
    Now the problem is your system treat both order as different.
    Now if i dont place a stoploss order How would your Trailing order know from which point to trail?
    If i directly place a trailing stoploss of RS. 5 , it would trail like 95-100-105….but i want my initial stoploss @ 95 which trails from 95-97-99-101….etc
    Hope You will understand my problem.

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      Yes we understand that your requirement is unique but currently that’s the way to do it. We’ll work on improving the order type and put it in our roadmap Sunny!

  • Avatar AMIT KUMAR PANDEY says:

    tejas sir can you pls explain how we can interpret candlestick charts of Currency Pairs?
    it look very different . there are lots gaps up/down shown, very slow movement of prices(very small candlestick), personally i always found it downtrend.
    when i see stock chart and currency chart side-by-side they look very different.
    i want to trade in currency pairs but charts of currency looks weird .
    pls guide me sir.

  • Avatar Jaggi says:

    How often does it change and where to get to know this?

  • Avatar parag says:

    Good info Tejas

  • Avatar Ujwal Udayan says:

    this is applicable only to very big traders who hit these limits. but nice post. .

  • Avatar Sadiq says:

    Why should they freeze it? I guess NSE is putting too many restrictions on traders.

  • Avatar Aarav says:

    Very useful information by you Tejas. I am observing the way you are going about things and I am impressed with Fyers progress so far.

  • Avatar Nagaraj says:

    Is the quantity freeze different from one broker to the other?

  • Avatar Dr.Ojha says:

    Very informative.I really had no knowledge about this.Thank you.

  • Avatar sunny says:

    any expected date or month?

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      Currently don’t want to put a finger on a deadline Sunny. We’re developing something nice right now. Post that, we’ll take these order types up as a priority. It is in our roadmap.

  • Avatar sunny says:

    sir do you offer cover order and bracket orders?
    if yes; then how much leverage you provide on it?
    can we trade in mcx from your platform?

  • Avatar Krishna K R says:

    An informative one. I didn’t knew that there are freeze limits. A well written post sir. Thanks for the article

    • Tejas Khoday Tejas Khoday says:

      Glad you know now. Such things are not really brought to light as they should be. If you want us to write a specific post on which information is not available elsewhere, do let us know.

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