What powers does a nominee of an incapacitated person have?

Imagine finding yourself in a situation where you cannot manage your investments due to illness or accident. Suddenly, the need for cash arises, but you’re incapacitated, unable to initiate transactions. Even worse, your nominee, typically designated to handle such matters in your absence, finds themselves powerless. Thankfully, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) […]

Co-founder, Share Samadhan
23 Feb 2024

What is a credit score, and why is it important for you?

As soon as you get your first credit card or open a bank account, you start hearing people preach about credit scores. And, if you have chosen to be blissfully unaware, here’s a simple explanation.  A credit score is a three-digit number between 300 and 900 that defines your creditworthiness; the lower levels reflect low, […]

Business Analyst at Zerodha
20 Feb 2024

Why Contribution Profit is a Big Deal?

Let’s say you want to put up a lemonade stand at a college fest. The rent for this stand is 10,000. The cost of making a lemonade with lemon, syrup, soda, and ice is 25. You plan to sell it for 50 per glass. How many lemonades should you sell to make profits or break […]

Content, Zerodha Varsity
16 Feb 2024

NRI rules that apply to buying and selling equities and immovable property

The query has been answered by Anjali Malhotra, Partner- Regulatory, Nangia Andersen India. Individuals residing outside India, such as Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), or Foreign Nationals, have to take into consideration the requirements & conditions laid down by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) […]

13 Feb 2024

Know your fund manager: Rajeev Thakkar of PPFAS Mutual Fund

How well do you know the fund managers you invest with? Beyond the statistics and performance charts lies a deeper understanding that can help you make informed decisions: their core investment philosophies and personal beliefs. This is the heart of our Know Your Fund Manager series, where we delve into the minds of the individuals […]

Senior personal finance writer at Zerodha Varsity
12 Feb 2024

Cashless claim facility at any hospital, with no network limitations

You would have likely heard about it from someone or experienced it yourself: a medical emergency strikes, and you rush to the nearest hospital, only to discover your insurer’s network does not cover it. Dealing with upfront payments and waiting for reimbursements can be stressful. To ease the financial burden and speed up the claims […]

Senior personal finance writer at Zerodha Varsity
08 Feb 2024

Can I stop paying for insurance if I have saved enough?

Can I stop paying insurance premiums if my savings match the coverage of my life and health policies? The purpose of life insurance is to make good the financial loss that a person would suffer if the earning member of the family passes away. We could bucket this financial loss into three major categories. Any […]

03 Feb 2024

Writing a Will Vs Nomination

Wills and Nominations, both vital legal instruments, play distinct roles in shaping the allocation of an individual’s assets after their demise. These tools, though aligned in their ultimate goal of asset distribution, comprise unique characteristics within the realm of estate planning and so are often used interchangeably. But, the law identifies their purpose, object, and consequence, and hence, it is important to know the distinction.

31 Jan 2024

Know the incentives of those selling you a financial product

“There is no such thing as a free lunch.” You may have heard this famous quote emphasizing the idea that you cannot get something for nothing. This is particularly true when it comes to selling financial products. People could have an agenda and/or an incentive to sell or not to sell a particular financial product to you.

Senior personal finance writer at Zerodha Varsity
26 Jan 2024

Zerodha Varsity in 2023

2023 has been a phenomenal year for Varsity. We kickstarted many new initiatives with a long-term vision of simplifying markets. Here’s an update on Varsity in 2023.

Head of educational initiatives at Zerodha.
23 Jan 2024

Nestle India split its shares. Will MRF ever split?

Nestle India split its stock in a ratio of 1:10 on Jan 05. Each share of a whopping ₹27,000 converted into ten shares of ₹2,700 each. At ₹2,700, the shares became a lot more attractive to a larger set of investors, especially retail investors. The move will perhaps improve the stock’s liquidity. That begs a question – why can’t MRF consider a split?

Content, Zerodha Varsity
05 Jan 2024

How equity analysts rate a stock?

Millions of shares trigger the market moves over an undefined period, just based on the solid reasoning of an analyst put behind this word. This article explains the role of equity analysts and the process of initiating coverage reports for new stocks or sectors.

04 Jan 2024

Trading stocks with the new amount block framework

SEBI has introduced the amount block framework for investing in the secondary markets starting January 1, 2024. This system functions similarly to blocking funds for an IPO application, where your funds are deducted only if you are bound to receive the shares.

03 Jan 2024

Old vs New tax regime: Which one is better for you?

In the year 2020, the government introduced a new tax regime under which taxpayers can choose to pay tax at lower rates. In this article, we compare old and new tax regimes, and help you understand which one could be more beneficial for you by discussing the differences in tax rates, deductions, and exemptions.

Senior personal finance writer at Zerodha Varsity
27 Dec 2023

What is an Investment Committee?

Here is a quick explainer of what an Invest Commitee is and how it is constituted. An Invest Commitee in a Venture Capital fund is a group of individuals, usually partners in the Venture Capital fund, responsible for signing off on an investment opportunity. Invest Commitee is typically composed of experienced professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds.

15 Dec 2023

What is a Term Sheet?

When a startup receives confirmation from investors on its intention to invest, the confirmation is communicated using a document detailing the terms of the investment along with quantum and valuation; this is called a term sheet.

02 Dec 2023

What could ruin the party for an all-time high Nifty?

In the blink of an eye, the year 2023 is wrapping up. After gaining about 5.5% in November 2023, the Nifty 50 index is hovering near its all-time high. There will be many bull case scenarios suggesting a rally higher up. But let’s look at the bear case and figure out the factors that can potentially drag the markets down.

Content, Zerodha Varsity
01 Dec 2023

What is Hard and Soft Underwriting?

In the world of IPOs, underwriting plays a crucial role. It involves an agreement between the IPO issuer and merchant banks to ensure the IPO’s success. There are two forms of underwriting: soft and hard. In this post, we will understand what these mean.

24 Nov 2023

Beware of Pig Butchering Scams

Pig butchering scam involves fattening the victim before butchering. Scammers gain the trust of users by using fake profiles. They use the pretense of love and friendship to gain the trust of users and then induce them to send money for jobs and high-return investments and steal the money.

Founder & CEO @ Zerodha
22 Nov 2023