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CDS Accounts (Individual or Corporate, Local or Foreign) with no activity for a continuous period of twenty four (24) months were declared dormant effective March 1 2019

The declaration of dormancy is intended to safeguard investors’ holdings in CDS accounts. 

An investor will not be able to carry out any transactions in a CDS Account that has been declared dormant.


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CDSC provides  monthly statements of accounts to all holders of active securities accounts.

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CDSC is the quality provider of clearing and settlement services in the Kenya Capital Markets. In line with our mission, we offer secure central custody and simplified, swift and safe transfer of investors' value. In order to boost investor confidence in the Market, we have created customized solutions which will ensure that you, the investor, is aware of the transactions that happen in your CDS account whenever they occur.

We invite you to take a journey through the site and get to know more about CDSC, and see the progressive approach we are taking in order to fulfill our mandate within the Capital Markets in Kenya.

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frequently asked questions

  • What is the CDS - CDS ni nini?
    CDS stands for the Central Depository System. This is a computer system operated by The Central Depository and Settlement Corporation (CDSC) that facilitates holdings of shares in electronic accounts, opened by shareholders and manages the process of transferring shares traded at the Stock Exchange.
  • How do I open a CDS account?
    By completing and signing a securities account opening/maintenance form with your CDA. The form is called CDS 1.
  • What do I need to open a CDS account?
    You need two recently taken passport size photographs, original National ID or passport. In the case of a company you need the original certificate of incorporation, and if you are an organization registered in any other way you need the certificate of registration. Directors of a company will also need to provide their ID Cards and passport size photographs. You need to sign the form (CDS 1) before your Central Depository Agent (CDA)
  • Do I have to open a CDS account?
    Yes, if you intend to trade in shares that are listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Soon, bonds will also be deposited into the CDS.
  • How can I track my investment?
    You can get to view your client statement by ..... enabling you to track your investment from the date of purchase to the day of maturity or sale of the bond
  • How safe is CDS?
    CDSC has taken measures to ensure the security of your shares. The company has offsite back up facilities and procedures that would ensure business continuity in the event of anything happening either to the computer system or its usual premises.
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