Transcript

Thanks for tuning in to the last video of our US vs India market series. Earlier in this series, we covered the Custodian and Depository models as well as Fractional shares. For today’s video, we are going to be talking about how IPO investing for retail investors is different across both the markets.

As you might know, in India for every IPO there is a minimum 35% allocation to retail investors. Additionally, there is a minimum 15% allocation to an investor type which is not retail and not institutional. So this covers the HNIs (High net worth individuals) and NRIs. This set allocation by the SEBI ensures that retail investors get to participate in IPOs in India.

But in contrast in the US, there is no set allocation for IPOs. Instead what happens in the US is that the IPO is controlled by what is called an underwriter and the companies that are going public.

What are underwriters?

Now, what are underwriters? These are companies that buy shares from the businesses that are IPOing and sell them to the investors. Now, these underwriters prefer to sell these shares to either institutional investors or ultra-high net worth investors. And why did they do that? Because they believe that this set of investors will hold the shares for a longer period of time. They will buy larger blocks of shares and also they are okay assuming the financial risks that come with IPO investing.

And now to add to it if an IPO is a hot IPO, like for example, Airbnb where the demand far exceeds the supply, the chances that a retail investor gets access to the IPO becomes near zero.

So those were the 3 main areas in which the US markets differ from the India markets.

Stay tuned for more.

Ready to begin your US investment journey?

Sign up with Vested today.

Sign up now

Our team members at Vested may own investments in some of the aforementioned companies/assets. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that any specific investment or strategy will be suitable or profitable for an investor’s portfolio. Note that past performance is not indicative of future returns. Investing in the stock market carries risk; the value of your investment can go up, or down, returning less than your original investment. Tax laws are subject to change and may vary depending on your circumstances.

This article is meant to be informative and not to be taken as an investment advice, and may contain certain “forward-looking statements,” which may be identified by the use of such words as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “planned,” “estimated,” “potential” and other similar terms. Examples of forward-looking statements include, without limitation, estimates with respect to financial condition, market developments, and the success or lack of success of particular investments (and may include such words as “crash” or “collapse”). All are subject to various factors, including, without limitation, general and local economic conditions, changing levels of competition within certain industries and markets, changes in interest rates, changes in legislation or regulation, and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technological factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results.

This video is meant to be informative and not to be taken as an investment advice and may contain certain “forward-looking statements” which may be identified by the use of such words as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “should”, “planned”, “estimated”, “potential” and other similar terms. Examples of forward-looking statements include, without limitation, estimates with respect to financial condition, market developments, and the success of or lack of success of particular investments (and may include such words as “crash” or “collapse”.) All are subject to various factors, including, without limitation, general and local economic conditions, changing levels of competition within certain industries and markets, changes in interest rates, changes in legislation or regulation, and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technological factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results.