Igniting retail interest in equities
Trust is an important force for ensuring investment interest in equity markets. India needs to get this right
Last month, I suggested that intrusive regulation was not a solution to incentivize “sensible" retail investor participation in equity and equity derivatives markets. The argument was based on evidence that retail investors learn better investing habits over time. This, combined with evidence on the distorting effects of regulation on a range of financial market outcomes in India (including my work on Indian mortgage risk) suggests that it is more appropriate to “leave the retail investor alone".