Stock markets, trading, and investments – Simplified

Varsity is an easy to grasp collection of stock market lessons with in-depth coverage and illustrations. Brought to you by Zerodha, India's biggest discount stock broker, it is completely open and FREE to access.


  • 1. Introduction to Stock Markets

    14 chapters
    Money needs to be invested to cover the cost of Inflation. This opens us to the Stock Markets, learn about basics of investing in this module
  • 2. Technical Analysis

    20 chapters
    Technical Analysis helps identify trading opportunities using actions of Market Participants through charts, patterns, and indicators.
  • 3. Fundamental Analysis

    16 chapters
    Fundamental Analysis is the art of evaluating the intrinsic value of a stock to find long-term investing opportunities. Learn stock analysis in this module
  • 4. Futures Trading

    12 chapters
    Futures Trading involves trading in contracts in the derivatives markets. This module covers the various intricacies involved in undergoing a futures trade including margins, leverages, pricing, etc
  • 5. Options Theory for Professional Trading

    23 chapters
    Options is a contract where the price of the options is based on an underlying. Options contracts grant the buyer the right to buy the underlying without a compulsory obligation
  • 6. Option Strategies

    13 chapters
    The module covers various options strategies that can be built with a multi-dimensional approach based on Market trend involving Option Greeks, Risk-Return, etc.
  • 7. Markets and Taxation

    7 chapters
    The module covers the taxation aspect of investing/trading in the stock markets. The process of calculating P&L, payment of taxes, filing returns, etc. is explained
  • 8. Currency & Commodity Futures

    17 chapters
    This module covers Currency and Commodity contract offered in the Indian Markets, along with a detailed view of some of the most traded contracts in the segment
  • 9. Risk Management & Trading Psychology

    16 chapters
    The module covers the risk management aspect along with the psychology required for being consistent and profitable while trading
  • 10. Trading Systems

    6 chapters
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Chapter updates

  • 371 1. Introduction to Stock Markets

    Ch 11 – Five Corporate Actions and Its Impact on Stock Prices

    Various corporate actions and the effect they have on the share prices and trading activity. Keys things you need to know before subscribing for a corporate action ..

    September 3, 2014
  • 18 10. Trading Systems

    Ch 6 – The Density Curve

    6.1 – A quick recap I think a quick recap is justified at this stage, this is to ensure we are all on the same page. I’d strongly recommend you read through the recap, to ensure we are on track. I ..

    January 17, 2018
  • 35 10. Trading Systems

    Ch 5 – Pre trade setup

    5.1 – Revisiting the Normal Distribution If you have been a regular reader on Varsity, then chances are you’d have come across the discussion on Normal Distribution in the Options Module. If you&# ..

    December 28, 2017
  • 29 10. Trading Systems

    Ch 4 – Pair stats

    4.1 – Correlation and its types I have to mention this at this point. The pair trading technique we are discussing now is discussed in a book called, ‘Trading Pairs’, by Mark Whistler. I like th ..

    December 13, 2017
  • 49 10. Trading Systems

    Ch 3 – Tracking Pairs

    3.1 – Getting you familiar with Jargons Like I had mentioned in the previous chapter, there are two techniques based on which you can pair trade. The first technique that we will discuss starting no ..

    November 24, 2017

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    23 Jan 2018
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  • 49 Prashantha on Bear Call Ladder

    Hello karthik! Great series. Throughly enjoying reading the various modules. My question is how to calculate the effect of volatility (section 5.4) on this strategy? Thanks, Prashantha ...

    23 Jan 2018
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    23 Jan 2018
Karthik Rangappa authors and curates Varsity for Zerodha. He has more than a decade of research experience in the financial markets, and travels widely conducting educational programmes.

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