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Nine out of 10 equity F&O traders lose money, 84% of them are men, 75% under 40: SEBI study

Between FY19 and FY22, retail investors have been waking up to the immense risk, that is implicit futures trading. This is evidenced by the dramatic fall in individual traders’ participation in the futures segment, which was at 43 percent in FY19 but fell to 11 percent in FY22. In the same time frame, participation in Options rose to 98 percent from 89 percent.

January 27, 2023 / 06:55 AM IST
The study report kindles some hope for traders in the below 20 years age category.

The study report kindles some hope for traders in the below 20 years age category.

A division of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has released a study report whose results would perhaps dissuade the droves of young, digitally savvy traders tapping the equity F&O segment for some quick and easy money.

The Department of Economic and Policy Analysis in a study report released on January 25 analysed the trading patterns and P&L statements of individual investors in the equity F&O segment.

Data for the study has been collated from the top 10 brokers in the country. The total number of traders in the sample witnessed a 500 percent increase between FY19 and FY22. In FY19, 7.1 lakh traders were included in the sample which ballooned to 45.2 lakhs in FY22.