Bazaar Ki Baat – May 2023

Bazaar Ki Baat is a compilation of monthly market & sector update together with relevant events / occurrences in the economy and personal finance world.

In the 8th edition of “Bazaar ki baat”, we discuss the transformational changes in India over the last decade, Q4FY23 Earnings review, how have the earnings grown across sectors over the years, and Term Insurance – ideal cover and ideal age.

Below are the various topics discussed with their timestamp, so that you can directly jump to the section you like to watch.

• 00:00 – Monthly performance of market – Transformational decade
for India

• 05:54 – Sector performance – Earnings driven

• 05:54 – How did India Inc. fare in Q4FY23?

• 11:00 – Insights from the Historical earnings performance of
various sectors

• 14:31 – Term Insurance – what is the ideal cover and ideal age of the cover.

In case you have any questions, please put them as comments.

Bazaar Ki Baat – Apr 2023

Bazaar Ki Baat is a compilation of monthly market & sector update together with relevant events / occurrences in the economy and personal finance world.

In this month’s edition of “Bazaar ki baat”, our Founders Shruti Agrawal, CFA ,  Kshitiz Jain, CFA, FRM and Vikash Agarwal , CFA discuss the sharp rally in April, Investors lack the skill to sell and how debt funds score over FDs even after removal of indexation benefits.

Below are the various topics discussed with their timestamp, so that you can directly jump to the section you like to watch.

• 00:00 – Monthly performance of the Indian stock market

• 04:55 – Sector performance – Rate sensitives rule

• 07:57 – Investors have the skill to buy, but lack the skill to sell

• 14:27 – How debt funds score over FDs even after the removal of indexation benefits.

In case you have any queries or observations, please put them as comments.

Things To Know Before Buying A Credit Card

Applying for your first credit card is a huge milestone in your financial journey and can often prove to be a daunting task. Understandably, since there are over a hundred different cards available in the market and very little guidance on how to go about it. 

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We believe credit cards are powerful financial tools, if used rationally, that can benefit you in multiple different ways and help build a strong credit history as well. If this is your first time applying for a credit card, let us be your voice of reason and take you through some of the things that you must know before applying for one.

  • Different types of credit cards 

There is a whole list of credit cards that one needs to be aware of before purchase. From beginner level credit cards to travel credit cards, here are some of the credit cards available in India: Basic Credit Cards (given to entry level customers) Secure Credit Cards (for those who have a poor credit history)No Annual Fee Credit Cards (does not levy an annual fee for the usage of the credit card) Low-Interest Credit Cards (those that offer a lower interest rate as compared to the other cards from a similar category) Balance Transfer Credit Cards (low-interest rate for a specified period of time) Rewards Credit Cards (offers some kind of rewards for every rupee you spend with the card) Cashback Credit Cards ( offer a certain percentage of the purchase amount) Travel Credit Cards (offers benefits such as travel insurance, global acceptance, favourable currency conversion rates) Entertainment Credit Cards (provide discounts and offers on entertainment-related spends)Premium Credit Cards (for high income individuals) and much more. 

  • Rate of Interest 

Interest rate is of the main reasons that banks issue credit cards. The interest rate on a credit card is usually higher than that on loans. Credit cards follow the daily compounding interest rate which is based on the Annual Percentage Rate (APR). Based on the type of card you choose you’ll find yourself paying either a fixed or a variable interest rate. 

  • Interest-free period 

An interest-free period is a duration from the date of the transaction to the payment due date, something that is offered by most credit cards. If the full payment is made within this period then there is nothing extra that you have to pay to the bank. However, payment post this interest-free period comes with an applicable interest fee which is usually on the higher side. It’s advisable to make the entire payment within this period to avoid any extra fees. 

  • Fees and charges 

This is probably considered one of the most important elements of a credit card agreement. Fees and charges help you determine how much you will be paying for the card, withdrawing cash from the ATM, or upon failing to make the payments. Some of the important fees to know about : annual fee, late payment fee, over-the-limit fee, cash advance fee, balance transfer fee and foreign transaction fee. These fees again differ based on the card issuer so it is important to have a clear understanding of these before proceeding with the application. 

  • Minimum payment 

As part of the credit card agreement with your bank and the transactions against your card, you will be required to either make the full payment or the minimum payment that has been agreed upon. The minimum payment is calculated against the interest amount with one percent principle or on a certain percentage of your current balance. This calculation differs based on the card issuer and hence it is important to understand how your card issuer is going to calculate it. 

  • Credit limit 

The maximum amount that you are eligible to borrow is known as the credit limit. This credit limit is set by your issuer based on your qualifications and eligibility criteria. Be mindful about not reaching or getting close to the credit limit since it will then affect your credit utilization ratio which in turn can damage your credit score. Credit card issuers generally review your account on a quarterly, half-yearly or annual basis and either increase or decrease your credit limit. 

  • Perks 

A credit card generally brings with it certain rewards like points, cashback offers and other discounts and deals. Most of these perks come as an introductory offer to attract buyers but over time you will end up accumulating points that you can redeem in various forms. Check for the offers that different cards have to offer and analyze which ones are going to be beneficial for you. 

The important things to know do not end with this list but this is the bare minimum that you must know. While selecting a card, you might feel overwhelmed with the different options available but let your spending habits and your real need for a credit card guide you towards choosing the right one for you.  Always remember, everyone’s financial journey is different and what works for someone else might not work for you. 

5 Money Mantras for 2021

2020 might possibly be the most dynamic teacher we have had in our lives. The year really pushed us to take a step back and take a long, hard look at how our lives are built, the foundation of everyday lives and the framework of how we go about doing it. While the importance of health and a clean lifestyle was brought to the fore, so was the discussion around financial health. 2020 was a year filled with challenges; while the market took a hit, we also saw one of the best equity rallies in a long time! Job security, savings, health insurance and more were the talk of the town, and with good reason. Job security, savings, health insurance and more were the talk of the town, and with good reason. 

This is precisely why we’ve come up with 5 simple yet incredibly effective Money Mantras for 2021, to ensure smooth sailing and a strong back-up plan. Read on to know more. 


One of the easiest yet effective things you could do for your money right now is starting to build a budget. It’s the ultimate tool to help you control your expenses and channel your finances towards achieving any goals you might have set. Budgets, at their core, exist on a balance—if you want to spend more on something, you’ll have to forfeit or spend less on something else. This simple practice gradually teaches you how to prioritise your earnings and spend them wisely on things that actually matter. Usually a budget is a combination of your household, transport, personal and miscellaneous purchases. Nowadays, there are many budget-calculating apps that you can download to help you track your expenses—or better yet, talk to your financial advisor for a more detailed approach. 


As mentioned earlier, health insurance is the topmost priority in today’s time, and should be treated as such. A good health insurance should cover the basics—this includes hospital charges, pre & post hospitalization included. It should also cover not just you, but your family as well, ensuring that should you ever require the help of your insurance, paying the bill will be the last thing going through your mind. One of the biggest blunders we as a customer make, is to simply assume that we will not require health insurance until we are much older. However, on the contrary, being well-prepared when it comes to your health from an early stage in life will only pay off in the long run.  


Out of all the financial years so far, if 2020 has not convinced you to build yourself an emergency fund, we doubt what else will! If you’ve been thinking about starting your emergency fund, there’s no better time to do so than now. This will help you face potential job cuts/salary cuts, household damage repair and any medical emergencies with the reassurance that you have your emergency fund to help you out. 


It’s never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket. The same goes for your investments—diversifying your portfolio will help you stay afloat in the event of an unexpected market crash. And the best part is: it’s not that hard to implement. Diversification operates on a simple idea, that an investment portfolio consisting of different investment types will essentially lead to optimizing the risk. A well-diversified portfolio might include- cash, bonds, stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds. To know more you can contact us and find just the right diversification model for you. 


Our last point ties back to where we started: setting a budget! When you know you have a budget that allows you a certain amount of expenditure, it automatically helps you steer clear of purchases that you really do not need. One of the best ways to figure out whether what you want to buy is something you really need is to give yourself a waiting period: give it 24 hours or sleep on it. If you still feel the need to purchase it, then compare prices online to pick the best one. If not, you’ll realize that what you almost spent your money on was simply a phase. 

Although these Money Mantras look simple, their impact is anything but. Stay consistent with your budgeting, investing & savings, and trust us—you’ll see your bank account flourishing in due time. For more information, get in touch with us at