On 22 April 1996, India's first financial website was born.
It may come as a surprise to you, but at that time we did not have our own domain. We actually rented space on another website.
There were 10,000 internet connections in the country then. Yes, no zeroes missing: just 10,000 VSNL internet connections with speeds of 28 and 56 kbps.
But we had a dream.
We wanted to empower every Indian investor who had been brought up on a diet of what his broker assured him and the media fed him with 100% independent and unbiased investing opinions.
And we believe we have made progress.
Today, the combined services of Equitymaster have over 17,64,790 users across 72 countries worldwide.
But we are not resting on this global reach...
We continue to pursue our dream. Every day, every week, year after year.
Because it's time that you as an investor broke free from the shackles of commission-driven advice.
In our early days, our opinions were restricted to one particular style of investing - value investing for the extreme long term.
But over the years, driven largely by readers like you, we have evolved into this platform that we are today...
Where we also give views and opinions on small caps, mid caps, gold, and derivatives among other investment avenues.
Today, we give you choice.
You choose the investment style.
You choose the investment horizon.
You choose the investment theme.
Each of these themes is run by a team that has varying ideas about the markets and therefore recommends various investment strategies.
In the end, what we offer today is a platform...
A platform where we give you honest, credible, and transparent opinions.
That's a promise.
Since this comes up very often, we thought we would address it right here.
Equitymaster and Quantum Asset Management (Investment Manager to Quantum Mutual Fund) Company are separate companies which are managed by their respective professionally qualified CEOs and have their separate and independent research teams.
Having said that, both companies share the same founder, Ajit Dayal.
And that means our founding principles overlap.
The core of what we try to deliver every day is this...
Honest and unbiased opinions.
And in everything we do, we keep you and your interests, dear reader, top of mind.
If you are new to this site, let us assure you that all you will find here is our 100% unbiased approach to recommending good stocks and derivatives, so you can build your wealth - sensibly.
If there is anything you'd like us to improve on, please write to us. We take your feedback very seriously. After all, Equitymaster.com was designed to be the investor's best friend.
Welcome to Equitymaster and Happy Investing always!
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