K Anant Rao has been tracking the financial markets for close to two decades with a career that has spanned varied roles: successful analyst, trader, broker, strategist and investment adviser / manager. Anant has experience across the asset classes of Equities (India), Currency (G-7, INR & Dollar Index), Bonds (US, India and Interest Rate Swaps -OIS), and Commodities (Energy and Metals).
IN CONVERSATION WITH
Mr. Vivek Bajaj
The passion for data, analytics and technology is what makes Vivek Bajaj a financial market survivor. The journey as a market participant started in 2002 when the first trade was executed in the options contract of ITC. Life was simpler and easier during that time. Since then technology and Big data have taken over totally. As an early adapter to the complex tools, Kredent was formed to capitalise on the opportunities. He is co-founder of StockEdge and is committed to bring simplicity in the complex world of market data. He is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and an MBA from IIM Indore. He is a part of various committees of exchanges and regulator and he has been an active contributor in the evolution of Indian Derivatives Market.
About this Face2Face:
In this face2face video, Mr. Anant Rao and Mr. Vivek Bajaj, co-founder of StockEdge, Elearnmarkets, will be answering a very important question of whether retail investors and traders should choose to work with mutual funds or direct equity investment.
We will begin this video with a background of Mr. Anant Rao, who is a trader and investor with 15-20 years of experience in the stock market. While working in the market, he has worked with the various stakeholders in the market like FIIs, Hedge funds, etc., and he now runs his own SEBI-registered advisory firm.
With this experience, Mr. Anant Rao will begin this discussion with how the stock market has evolved over the years and how it has become more competitive for the youth as well. We will also lead a discussion on what separates the retail investors and traders from the institutional investors and firms of the country, which have the edge over the stock market with their knowledge and experience.
What retail investors and traders lack and what institutions have is the process around which their investing and trading decisions are made, and we will discuss exactly how this feature distinguishes institutions from retailers. Moving this ahead, we will discuss exactly how mutual fund managers have it tough trying to make returns for the investors while trying to grow themselves and their organization. We will discuss these challenges for the fund managers with examples.
Next, we will talk about what we need to do to ensure that we can successfully invest in direct equity on a long-term basis and how to measure our performance.