Can we trust them anymore?
SEBI has clamped down on 24 leading stockbrokers and banks for their involvement in the IPO scam. Two leading broking firms (Indiabulls and Karvy Stock Broking) are the worst affected as they can’t indulge in any form of market activities. Indiabulls and Karvy have been big success stories in recent times. People who have Demat accounts with Karvy have been asked to move their respective demat accounts to some other DP.
Karvy and Indiabulls have enjoyed meteoric rise over the last few years. Indiabulls was very much in the news recently when Lakshmi Mittal bought a stake in the company. Karvy has been dabbling in almost every sphere in the financial markets. Karvy also happens to be India’s biggest Registrar and Transfer (R&T) Agent. They were involved in most of the popular issues including Reliance Petro and Sun TV.
Irrespective of these IPO scams, retail investors continue to invest in the IPO’s hoping to ride the wave. As a result of this scam, the retail investor might not have got the allotment that he/she had hoped for. With the current craze for IPO’s, retail investors would still find it difficult to get an allotment.