Trendlines | The world from Zerodha’s lens

May 23, 2024

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Greetings from your friendly neighbourhood broker! 

At Zerodha, we like to write. Always have, really. We’re a small node in a world-wide financial network, and so, we see glimpses of money in all its avatars. It’s a fantastic vantage point, and we want to share it with you. That’s why we write about what we see in the Z-Connect blog

Trendlines brings this all right to your inbox. That’s one neat fortnightly mail. No selling, no spam. Promise. 

Here’s what’s on our mind

Are you put off from investing by how noisy and volatile the markets always are? Bad news: that’s how they’ll always be. But let’s be honest – once you pay attention, the rest of your life is noisy and volatile too. In the markets as in life, all you can really do is navigate the uncertainty, writes Pranav, our resident Financephobe.  

Was everything we thought about the economy for the last decade just… wrong? Are all our stocks overvalued? Why are gold prices so weird now? Bhuvan gives you samples of the latest random, interesting tidbits on his reading list. 

You no longer have to be an HNI to invest in bonds, as SEBI has reduced the minimum ticket size of bonds to ₹10,000. Anshul Gupta of Wint Wealth elaborates on the hows, whys, and benefits of investing in bonds for retail investors.

Over 25 years in financial education, Hansi has learnt two things. One, financial education works. Two, we have no idea what we’re doing. Financial education needs to go past the binary of boring, esoteric lectures and mindless entertainment. For that, however, we must aim higher, she writes. 

Getting allotment in an IPO is a lottery. The allotment approach, though, can vary depending on the type of investor you are. Mohit Mehra, VP – Primary Markets & Payments, Zerodha, details how IPO allotments work.

Want to understand the macro-picture around India but can’t get yourself through all the econ-speak? Don’t worry, we’re putting out a simplified version of the excellent This Week in Data newsletter by our friends at India Data Hub. Check out our latest editions here and here

Be an informed investor. Understand what you’re paying and what you’re getting in return. For that, though, you need to know the right questions to ask your mutual fund distributor. Vishranth Suresh from Asset Plus provides a comprehensive FAQ list to guide you along.

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Senior writer at Zerodha

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