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10 Reasons To Start Investing In Stock Market Today

10 Reasons to start investing in stock market: Most of the people at some time have thought to start investing in stock market. However, they are afraid to take the next steps as they have always heard how closed kin or Uncle has lost almost all his money in the stock market.

Since, very long time our family members, friends and media have told us to stay away from the market. The common misconception that ‘Stock investing is like GAMBLING’ has become more of a fact than myth. Moreover, maybe this could be the reason why even less than 2% population of India is actively investing in the stock market.

Hence, today I am going to give you 10 great reasons to break this barrier and start investing in stock market. So, be with me for the next few couples of minutes to enjoy this roller coaster ride that may open your eyes towards investing in stock market.

Top 10 reasons to start investing in stock market.

1. To keep pace with inflation

Inflation is a state where the prices are rising and the value of purchasing power of money is decreasing. Inflation occurs in an economy when there is an expansion of the total amount of money. Overall, Inflation is not desirable for an economy.

Let us understand inflation with an example. Suppose you have Rs 5 lakhs in your account and you want to buy a car, which also costs Rs 5 lakhs currently. Then you changed your mind, deciding to buy the car next year, and kept your money in the savings account. The bank is giving you a decent interest of 5% pa. Now, let us fast forward to next year. You went to the bank and came home happily with your money that has become Rs 5.25 lakhs now. Then you went to the car showroom. But boom! You get the shock. The price of that car has now increased to Rs 5.3 lakhs. The car, which you could have easily bought last year, is now not affordable to you. That is inflation.

The inflation in India for the last few years has been around 4-5%. The return on the savings account (Interest rate) is around 4-6% per annum. Hence, a savings account cannot beat inflation.

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Overall, if you want to beat inflation, you have to invest your money intelligently. And the stock market is the best place for intelligent investors. If you buy stocks of decent companies, you can easily get a return of between 10-25% depending on how good the stock is and how much time you invested in choosing the stock. Therefore, investing in the stock market is a great option if you want to keep pace with rising inflation.

2. Most growth potential

For the past couple of decades, Stocks and real estate are the two investments, which have constantly beat all other forms of investment. Whether it is bonds or commodities like gold, silver, petroleum, etc. the stock market has been able to outperform all these investments with the best returns on the investments. Hence, with the tremendous growth potential in the stock market, it is always advisable to invest in stocks.

3. Investing makes your money work for you

Money is important. We need money in every aspect of life. Most people say that they do not work for money and money is the cause of most problems. However, lack of money is the cause of most problems and investing is the solution to this problem. If you invest your money in good companies, you just have to sit idly and do nothing. Your money will grow as the company prospers. In the meanwhile, when your money is growing by itself, you can use your time in whatever way you want. In this way, you can make your money work for you.

4. Stock Investing takes as little amount as buying a burger

There is a common misconception among many people that they need a huge sum to start investing in the stock market. However, that is not true. You can start investing with as little money as required to buy a burger. There are a number of stocks whose price is less than Rs 100. You can invest an even very small amount of money and start getting good returns. This option is not available in other for other forms of investments like gold or real estate. In addition, remember a little bit of things every day ads up to a big result.

5. You do not need to be a genius to invest in the stock market

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If you can understand 5th standard math, then you can understand stock market’- Peter Lynch.

Lynch is one of the most renowned fund managers famous for giving around 30% return for a continuous period of 13 years at Fidelity. He always motivates common people to invest in stocks and believes the stock market is for everyone. You do not need to be a mastermind or rocket scientist to invest in stock market. Unlike starting most business or start-ups, the stock market requires only a little money, math, time and interest. Anyone can get huge returns by investing in the stock market.

If you are new to investing and want to stay away from common myths and mistakes in stock market, I will highly recommend you to read this book: One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In the Market. It is one of my favourite books on stock market.

6. Stock investing is a lot easier now

It is easy to invest in stocks in India now and hardly requires any expertise to buy stocks online. Trading with the online brokerage account is a lot simpler now. Moreover, with the increase in financial websites and apps; finding and selecting stocks is also easy now. You do not need to go through all the boring financial newspapers and magazines now and need not rely on newsletters to get the company’s financial reports now. Now, you can easily find them on the company’s website or on financial websites.

Also read: How to Invest in Share Market? A Beginner’s Guide

7. Tax benefits from the government

There are a number of tax benefits in investing in stock market. India has the provisions of tax-free return from equity, in case share is held for more than 1 year. The long-term capital gains tax in India is zero. From the updated rules in Budget 2018, the long-term capital gain tax is 10% for gains exceeding Rs 1 lakh. Still, this is better than the return of 6.5% from FDs, which is again taxable up to 10-30% depending on your tax slab. That’s why it is a popular quote- ‘The rich pay less tax’.

8. You do not always have to pick hidden gems.

Everyone knows about Eicher motors, the parent company of ‘Royal Enfield’. The company makes famous ‘bullet’ bikes. Many old and young people have a dream to own a ‘bullet’. If only people have bought a large volume of stocks of ‘Eicher motors’ when it launched the ‘Royal Enfield’ bikes, they would have been a millionaire by now. Eicher motors have given around 129,000% return since 2002; The price appreciated from Rs 22 (in September 2000) to Rs 29,000 current price (May 2017).

There are a number of other examples of common stocks as well that has given more than several hundred percent returns over the last few years. For example, Symphony, Suzuki, HPCL, Titan Company, etc. These companies are well-known to the common people. Overall, people can easily find such growing companies around them. Even a famous company like Titan can give you great returns. You are not supposed to find very rare and un-heard petroleum or metal company. You just have to be willing to look around enough and notice them.

9. To create a secondary source of income

It has always been taught in our school- ‘Get a high paid safe and secure job’. What is not taught is what will happen if the company is shut down or you are fired. We should always have a backup. For the public in India, stocks help to create this additional source of income. Most of the people are entirely busy with their office their entire life. For those people, Investing in the stock market can be their second source of income. Through value appreciation and dividends, they can steadily grow additional income. That is why people need to start investing in the stock market.

10. The power of compound interest

Stock Investing allows you to take advantage of compound interest, which grows your wealth exponentially. Most of the bank savings account gives you a linear simple interest. However, with investing in stock, you can get compounded returns. The famous scientist Albert Einstein once said- “Compounding is the eighth wonder of the world”. The world’s greatest investor, Warren Buffett, is known to have a compounded return of around 22% for the last 5 decades. Moreover, this compounded return for a long time has made him one of the richest men on earth. The power of compounding is one of the major reasons why people should invest in stock market.

Apart from these 10 reasons, there are also other couples of reasons to start investing in stock market. Nevertheless, they are out of the scope for the beginners and you can only realize them once you enter the stock market world.

That’s all. I hope the post is useful for the readers. If there is an additional reason to invest in the stock market that I missed or you want to add to the list, feel free to comment below. I will be happy to include them also. Happy investing!

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The Fundamentals of Stock Market- Must Know Terms

Here are the few key financial terms that a stock market investor must know. Although the list is long, it will be worth to know these terms to get a good grasp on the fundamentals. Here it goes:


Promoter’s shares: – The company shares that are owned by the promoters i.e. the owners of the company is called Promoters shares. The public cannot own these shares.


Outstanding shares: The company’s shares that are owned by all its shareholders, including share blocks held by institutional investors and restricted shares owned by the company’s officers and insiders.

Public (retail investors), foreign institutional investors (FII), Domestic institutional investors (DII), mutual funds etc. can own outstanding shares.


Market Capitalization: – Market Cap or Market capitalization refers to the total market value of a company’s outstanding shares. It is calculated by multiplying a company’s shares outstanding by the current market price of one share. The investment community uses this figure to determine a company’s size, as opposed to using sales or total asset figures. In general, market capitalization is the market value of company outstanding shares.

Market Capitalization = No of outstanding shares * share value of each stock


Book value: – It is the ratio of total value of company assets to the no of shares. In general, this is the value which the shareholders will get if the company is liquidated. Hence, it is always preferred to buy a stock with high book value compared to the current share price.

Book Value = [Total assets – Intangible assets (patents, goodwill..) – liabilities]


Earnings Per Share (EPS): This is one of the key ratios and is really important to understand before we study other ratios. EPS is the profit that a company has made over the last year divided by how many shares are on the market. Preferred shares are not included while calculating EPS. In general, Money earned per outstanding shares.

Earnings Per Share (EPS) = (Net income – dividends from preferred stock)/(Total outstanding shares)

From the perspective of an investor, it is always better to invest in a company with higher EPS as it means that the company is generating greater profits.


Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E):  The Price to Earnings ratio is one of the most widely used financial ratio analysis among the investors for a very long time. A high P/E ratio generally shows that the investor is paying more for the share. As a thumb rule, a low P/E ratio is preferred while buying a stock, but the definition of ‘low’ varies from industries to industries. So, different sectors (Ex Automobile, Banks etc) have different P/E ratios for the companies in their sector, and comparing the P/E ratio of the company of one sector with P/E ratio of the company of another sector will be insignificant. However, you can use the P/E ratio to compare the companies in the same sector, preferring one with low P/E. The P/E ratio is calculated using this formula:

Price to Earnings Ratio= (Price Per Share) / ( Earnings Per Share)

It’s easier to find the find the price of the share as you can find it from the current closing stock price. For the earning per share, we can have either trailing EPS (earnings per share based on the past 12 months) or Forward EPS (Estimated basic earnings per share based on a forward 12-month projection. It’s easier to find the trailing EPS as we already have the result of the past 12 month’s performance of the company.

If you want to read further in details, I will recommend you to read this book: Everything You Wanted to Know About Stock Market Investing -Best selling book for stock market beginners. 


Price to Book Ratio (P/B): Price to Book Ratio (P/B) is calculated by dividing the current price of the stock by the latest quarter’s book value per share. P/B ratio is an indication of how much shareholders are paying for the net assets of a company. Generally, a lower P/B ratio could mean that the stock is undervalued, but again the definition of lower varies from sector to sector.

Price to Book Ratio = (Price per Share)/( Book Value per Share)


Dividend yield: – It is the portion of the company earnings decided by the company to distribute to the shareholders. A stock’s dividend yield is calculated as the company’s annual cash dividend per share divided by the current price of the stock and is expressed in annual percentage. It can be distributed quarterly or annually basis and they can issue in the form of cash or stocks.

Dividend Yield = (Dividend per Share) / (Price per Share)*100

For Example, If the share price of a company is Rs 100 and it is giving a dividend of Rs 10, then the dividend yield will be 10%. It totally depends on the investor whether he wants to invest in a high or a low dividend yielding company.

Also Read: 4 Must Know Dates for a Dividend Stock Investor


Market lot: – It is the minimum no of shares required to purchase or sell to carry a transaction.


Face value: – It is the price of the stock written in the company’s books when issued during IPO. It is the amount of money that the holder of a debt instrument receives back from the issuer on the debt instrument’s maturity date. Face value is also referred to as par value or principal.


Dividend % – This is the ratio of the dividend given by the company to the face value of the share.


Basic EPS: – This is nothing but Earnings per share.


Diluted EPS: – If all the convertible securities such as convertible preferred shares, convertible debentures, stock options, bonds etc. are converted into outstanding shares then the Earnings per share is called Diluted earnings per share. The less the difference between Basic and diluted EPS the more the company is preferable.


Cash EPS: – This is the ratio of cash generated by the company per diluted outstanding share. If Cash EPS is more the more the company is preferred.

Cash EPS  = Cash flows / no of diluted outstanding shares


PBDIT:  Profit before depreciation, interest, and taxes.


PBIT: – Profit before interest and taxes


PBT: – Profit before taxes


PBDIT margin: – It is the ratio of PBDIT to the revenue.


Net profit margin: – It is the ratio of Net profit to the revenue.


Assets: – Asset is an economic value that a company controls with an expectation that it will provide future benefit.


Liability: It is an obligation that the company has to pay in future due to its past actions like borrowing money in terms of loans for business expansion purpose.

Assets = Liabilities + Shareholders equity


Asset turnover ratio: – It is calculated by dividing revenue to the total assets


Debt to Equity Ratio: The debt-to-equity ratio measures the relationship between the amount of capital that has been borrowed (i.e. debt) and the amount of capital contributed by shareholders (i.e. equity). Generally, as a firm’s debt-to-equity ratio increases, it becomes riskier A lower debt-to-equity number means that a company is using less leverage and has a stronger equity position.

Debt to Equity Ratio =(Total Liabilities)/(Total Shareholder Equity)


Return on Equity (ROE): Return on equity (ROE) is the amount of net income returned as a percentage of shareholders equity. Return on equity measures a corporation’s profitability by revealing how much profit a company generates with the money shareholders has invested. In other words, ROE tells you how good a company is at rewarding its shareholders for their investment.

Return on Equity = (Net Income)/(Average Stockholder Equity)


Price to Sales Ratio (P/S): The stock’s price/sales ratio (P/S) ratio measures the price of a company’s stock against its annual sales. P/S ratio is another stock valuation indicator similar to the P/E ratio.

Price to Sales Ratio = (Price per Share)/(Annual Sales Per Share)

The P/S ratio is a great tool because sales figures are considered to be relatively reliable while other income statement items, like earnings, can be easily manipulated by using different accounting rules.


Current Ratio: Current ratio is a key financial ratio for evaluating a company’s liquidity. It measures the proportion of current assets available to cover current liabilities. It is a company’s ability to pay its short-term liabilities with its short-term assets. If the ratio is over 1.0, the firm has more short-term assets than short-term debts. But if the current ratio is less than 1.0, the opposite is true and the company could be vulnerable

Current Ratio = (Current Assets)/(Current Liabilities)


Quick ratio:  The name itself tells quick means how well the company can meet its short-term financial liabilities.  The quick ratio is an indicator of a company’s short-term liquidity. The quick ratio measures a company’s ability to meet its short-term obligations with its most liquid assets.

Quick Ratio = (Cash + Marketable Securities + Accounts Receivable) / Current Liabilities.


Note: This content is published by a guest author- Anjani Badam.

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The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham Summary & Book Review

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, also referred as the bible of the stock market, was originally written in 1949 by Benjamin Graham, a legendary investor and also known as the father of value investingBen Graham was also the mentor and professor of well-known billionaire investor, Warren Buffett.

The 2006 revised edition of the book ‘The Intelligent Investor’ has added commentary by Jason Zweig, a famous wall-street investor, and editor. These added commentaries are used to relate Graham’s idea to the present world. It highlights that the book has time-tested techniques. The book has over 600 pages (although originally around 450-500 page but the added commentaries in revised edition increased the width of the book). Overall, it’s a classic book with added quick notes.

Why You Should Read This Book:

Warren Buffett (worth over 73.1 billion dollars) says- ‘This book is by far the best book on investing ever written’. Needless to mention that this book is Warren Buffett’s all-time favorite. He also admitted that the book helped him in developing a conceptual framework for his future investments and capital allocations. Further, he made the following remarks about the book in its preface:

  • Investing doesn’t require a stratospheric IQ, unusual business insights, or inside information. What’s needed is a sound intellectual framework for making decisions and the ability to keep emotions from corroding that framework. This book precisely and clearly prescribes the proper framework.
  • Pay special attention to chapters 8 & 20.
  • Outstanding results are based on three things – Effort, Research, amplitudes of the market (This book will allow you to profit from them, not participate)

NOTE: If you want to buy this book, I highly recommend you to buy through Amazon at this link. It’s currently on sale here- THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR by Benjamin Graham

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham book has many valuable concepts and a must read for all the stock market investors. The first few chapters of the book are dedicated to the general concepts of the market. As the book was originally written in 1949, the book also consists of lots of details about the bonds, preferred stocks & inflation.

The next few chapters describe the methods to analyze stocks using ratios, balance sheet, cash flow etc. The second half of the book is of more importance for the stock investors as it explains the different strategies of the defensive & enterprising investors, along with chapters on management, dividend policy, and case studies.

Please also read: 10 Must Read books for the Stock Market Investors

The three main points covered in the books:

Although there are lots of proven concepts covered in the book, however, the key three points in the book- the intelligent investor by Benjamin Graham is summarized here:

1. Investing vs. Speculating:

“An investment operation is one which, upon thorough analysis, promises safety of principal and a satisfactory return. Operations not meeting these requirements are speculative.” – Benjamin Graham

Let’s understand this concept with the help of an example. Imagine you are planning to buy a printing press. Now, to buy this company you can use two approaches.

First, you visited the company, calculated the asset value of the printing shops, checked the total income and cash flow of the company, verified the effectiveness of the managers, calculated the total assets & liabilities and then lastly come up with a final price for the printing company.

The second approach is that you met with the owner and decided to pay the price whatever he is asking for.

From the example, we can establish the difference between an investor and a speculator. The Investor follows the first approach while the speculator follows the other. Here is the key difference between these two:

Investor Speculator
Goes through proper analysis Does not meet these standards.
Considers the safety of principle ——–
Gets adequate returns ——–

Here is the quote about Speculators by Benjamin Graham:

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2. The margin of Safety:

This is another one of the pronounced concept introduced by Benjamin Franklin. He says that one should always invest with a margin of safety. Let us understand this by an example.

Imagine you are in a construction business. You took an order to make a bridge, which can hold up to 8 tons. Now, as a constructor, you might consider making the bridge with an additional 2 tons of holding capacity so that it will not collapse in some extraordinary situation. Overall, you will make the bridge with a total of 10 tons of holding capacity.

Here, your additional 2 tons is the margin of safety.

In the same way, while investing we should consider this margin of safety. It is the central concept of value investing.  If you think a stock is valued at Rs 100 per share (fairly), there is no harm in giving yourself some benefit of the doubt that you may be wrong with this calculation. And hence, you should buy at Rs 70, Rs 80 or Rs 90 instead of Rs 100. Here, the difference in the calculated amount and your final price is your margin of safety.

Here is the quote about the importance of margin of safety by Benjamin Graham:

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3. Mr. Market

In the book ‘The Intelligent Investor’, Graham tells a story about a man he calls Mr. Market. In the story, Mr. Market is a business partner of yours (Investors). Every day Mr. Market comes to your door and offers to either buy your stake of the partnership or sell you his stake to you.

But here’s the catch: Mr. Market is an emotional man who lets his enthusiasm and despair affect the price he is willing to buy/sell shares on any given day. Because of this, on some days he’ll come to the door feeling jubilant and will offer you a high price for your share of the business and demand a similarly high price if you want to buy his. On other days, Mr. Market will be inconsolably depressed and will be willing to sell you his stake for a very low price, but will also only give you the same lowball offer if you want to sell your stake.

On any given day, you can obviously buy or sell to Mr. Market. But, you also have the option of completely ignoring him i.e. you don’t need to trade at all with Mr. Market. If you do ignore him, he never holds it against you and always comes back the following day.

The intelligent investor will attempt to take advantage of Mr. Market by buying low and selling high.  There is no need to feel guilty for ripping off Mr. Market; after all, he is setting the price. As an intelligent investor, you are doing business with him only when it’s to your advantage. That’s all.

The key point to note here is that though Mr. Market offers some great deals from time to time. Investors just have to remain alert and ready when the offers come up.

Now, like Mr. Market, the stock market also behaves in the same manner. The market swings give an intelligent investor the opportunities to buy low and sell high. Every day we can pull up quotes for various stocks or for the entire market as a whole. If you think the prices are low in relation to value, you can buy. If you think prices are high in relation to value, you can sell. Lastly, if prices fall somewhere in the grey area in between, you’re never forced to do either.Mr. Market and Stock Market:

So, this is a value-oriented disciplined investing. Don’t fall victim to irrational exuberance if the underlying fundamentals of the company are strong. In short, do not react to the hyperboles of the market’s daily fluctuations. Don’t panic, don’t sell.

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Other key points from the book The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham on the Investor and market fluctuations:

  • A common stock portfolio is certain to fluctuate over any period of time. The investor should be prepared financially and psychologically for this fluctuation. Investors might want to make a profit from market level changes. But this can lead to speculative attitudes and activities which can be dangerous. Anyways, if you want to speculate do so with eyes open, and knowledge that you will probably lose money in the end.
  • Graham’s Opinion on aggressive investing: The low probability of aggressive picks will out-weigh the gains collected over a long period of time. ‘The aggressive investor will expect to fare better than his passive equivalent, but his results may well be worse.’

That’s all. I hope this post about the ‘The Intelligent Investor Summary & Book Review’ is helpful to you. I will highly recommend you to get a copy of this book and start reading. There are many valuable concepts by Benjamin Graham that new and old stock investors should learn.

If you need any further help with the book or have any doubts- feel free to comment below. I will be happy to help you. Happy Investing!

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham


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Dividend Dates Explained – Must Know Dates for Investors

Dividend Dates Explained – Must Know Dates for Investors:

There are lots of investors in the stock market who buys a stock only to receive dividends. A regular, consistent and increasing dividend per year is what these investors are looking for. In general, those investors who are planning for a long-term investment with some yearly income invest in dividend stocks.

What is a ‘Dividend’?

A dividend is a distribution of a portion of a company’s earnings, decided by the board of directors, to a class of its shareholders. Dividends can be issued as cash payments, as shares of stock, or other property. A company’s net profits can be allocated to shareholders via a dividend. Larger, established companies tend to issue regular dividends as they seek to maximize shareholder wealth in ways aside from supernormal growth.

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Here is the list of some of the highest dividend paying companies in India: 10 Best Dividend Stocks in India That Will Make Your Portfolio Rich.

The timing of buying/selling is the most important factor for receiving dividends. You don’t want to buy these stocks if you won’t be getting any dividend, right? For example, if you buy these stocks after a certain time, the previous seller might get the dividend as he was holding the stock when the company was recording the name of the shareholder before distribution of dividends.

Therefore, it’s very important that you monitor the dates during the press conference (corporate announcements) by the company’s board of directors. It’s during the press conference when the company announces how much dividends they will give to the shareholders and the dates when the stockholders will receive their dividends.

Also read: How to follow stock Market, 10 Must-Read books for Stock Market Investors

Understanding the dates mentioned in the corporate announcement is quite important for the investors as it decides the timing of trading of these dividend stocks. And this post is for explaining those dates only. So, be with me for the next 5-8 minutes to understand the dividend dates explained for newbies.

Want to learn more? Here is a best selling book on stock market which I highly recommend to read: Beating the street by Peter Lynch

Must Know Dividend Dates for Investors

In general, there are 4 important dividend dates that every investor should know. They are:

  1. Dividend Declaration Date
  2. Record Date
  3. Ex-Dividend Date
  4. Payment Date

Among the all four, the Ex-Dividend day is of uttermost importance. You will understand the importance of this date as you read this complete article on the dividend dates explained.

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For now, let’s understand all these dates first:

1. Dividend Declaration Date:

This is the date on which the company’s board of directors declares the dividends for the stockholders. The conference includes the date of dividend distribution, size of the dividend and the record date.

2. Record Date:

On the dividend declaration day, the company also announces the record date. The record date is the date on which your name should be present on the company’s list of shareholders i.e. record book, to get the dividend. Shareholders who are not registered as of this date on the company’s record book will not receive the dividend. According to the company, you are only eligible to get the dividends, if your name is on their book till this record date.

3. Ex-Dividend Date:

The Ex-dividend date is usually two days before the record date. In order to be able to get the dividend, you will have to purchase the stock before the ex-dividend date. If you buy the stock on or after the Ex-dividend date, then you won’t get the dividend, instead, the previous seller will get the dividend.

After the company sets the date of record, the ex-dividend date is set by the stock exchange. So, the two days before the record date is generally used by the stock exchange to give the name of the shareholders to the company. The investors who buy the stock on or after the ex-dividend date won’t be listed in the record book of the company. So, if you purchase a stock on or after the ex-dividend date, you won’t receive a dividend until it is declared for the next time period.

4. Payment Date:

This is the date set the by the company, on which the dividends deposited are paid to the stockholders. Only those stockholders who bought the stock before the Ex-dividend date are entitled to get the dividend.

So, I hope you have understood all the dividend dates explained above. As I already mentioned earlier, the Ex-dividend date is the most important date among all. I will summarize the above dividend dates explained here:

Type Declaration Date Ex-Dividend Date Record Date Payment Date
Notes The date the dividend is announced by the company The date before which you must own the stock to be entitled to the dividend. The date by which you must be on the company’s record books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The date the dividend is paid to shareholders.

Now, let me give you an example of the company’s board of director’s press conference so that you get a good knowledge of the above dividend dates explained.

Hindustan Zinc Dividend:

“Shares of Hindustan Zinc will turn ex-dividend on Wednesday. The company is paying ₹27.50 a share as second interim dividend for fiscal 2016-17. The record date for the dividend is March 30. 2017” (You can read the complete news here.)

In the above announcement, the company announced two important points-

  • Dividend =  ₹27.50 per share
  • Record date = March 30, 2017

The expected Ex-dividend date should be 28th march, 2017 i.e. those investors who buy the stock of Hindustan zinc before 28th Match will be entitled to receive the dividend.

Further, if you want to know the dates of the upcoming dividends payment date, you can get it from the money control website: www.moneycontrol.com/stocks/marketinfo/dividends_declared/

I hope this post about ‘Dividend dates explained’ is helpful to the readers. If you have any doubts or need any further help on the topic ‘dividend dates explained’ feel free to comment below. I will be happy to help you out.

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What is the minimum money I need to start stock trading in India?

What is the minimum money I need to start stock trading in India? This is one of the most asked questions by the beginners when they start investing in stock market. Different newbie investors ask the same question in different formats. It goes like this:

What should be the ideal amount to start investing in the Stock Market?

What is the minimum money I need to start stock trading in India?

I want to invest in stock market but I do not know how much to invest?

What should be the minimum amount can I invest in stock market for long term?

I want to invest in stock market, but I don’t have much money. Is there any any minimum number of stocks that I must buy?

The general answer to all these questions is ‘there is no minimum money required to start investing in the stock market in India.

You can buy stocks for even less than Rs 10 also if you find an interesting one (Indian stock exchanges BSE & NSE has a number of stocks pricing less than even Rs 10). You don’t need to have thousands or lakhs to start trading in India. Any amount from which you can buy a stock is decent enough to start trading, no minimum money to start trading in the stock market required.

Here is a list of a few popular companies whose stock prices are less than Rs 100 (at the time of writing this post).

S.No.NameCurrent Price (Rs)Market Cap (Rs Cr)
1NBCC36.96642
2Ashok Leyland83.724570.36
3Natl. Aluminium45.658516.54
4JM Financial90.657625.2
5Welspun India505023.63
6NLC India57.67987.03
7Adani Power63.2524395.14
8JSW Energy70.211529.37
9Ujjivan Small54.99487.95
10S A I L46.6519268.9
11H U D C O38.457697.31
12ITI94.88503.56
13M R P L43.957702.68
14B H E L44.615530
15Yes Bank47.112012.72
16Tata Power Co.57.7515620.07
17Federal Bank90.9518119.75
18Union Bank (I)54.7518739.93
19IDFC First Bank45.4521768.09
20Oriental Bank52.47179.9
21Bank of India70.723167.85
22Punjab Natl.Bank65.0543827.87
23Vakrangee52.35540.69
24IDBI Bank37.238615.81
25I D F C37.25938.45

You can easily invest in these companies.  Funny, the stock prices of these companies are even less than the Ola or Uber ride fare that you take in your hometown.  Still, people speculate that buying stocks are expensive. In addition, you can also find a complete list of stocks whose price ranges from Rs 1 to 100 here.

So, the answer to the question of ‘what is the minimum money I need to start stock trading in India?’ is that there is no minimum money limit required for starting stock trading in India.

However, is this all that you wanted to learn from the topic of the post? I don’t think so.

The next big question should be then ‘How much should I invest in the stock initially -if there is no minimum money I need to start stock trading?.

The answer is that if you are new to the market and still in the learning phase, it is always recommended to start small. Invest as low as possible and focus on learning. Anything between Rs 500- Rs 1000 is good enough. You really don’t want to lose thousands of money at the start of your investment journey (and then promising angrily to yourself that you won’t ever return to the market).

But, this doesn’t mean that you should take this amount as a strict rule for your initial investment. Suppose, if you found a stock, which is a bit costlier, say Rs 1200. But you have done your homework, read the stock fundamentals, and are confident that the stock will give a good return in the future, then, you should go for it. Anyways, as a thumb rule for the beginners, anything between Rs 500- Rs 1000 can be used as the first stock market investment amount.

Want to learn more? Here is a best selling book on stock market which I highly recommend to read: Beating the street by Peter Lynch

The best advantage of this thumb rule is that you won’t lose too much if things don’t work out as you imagined. Maybe, you misinterpreted the stock or did the fundamental study wrong, or the stock price fell due to some bad fortune. Still, you won’t be affected too much financially by the loss. Nonetheless, this investment will teach you a few lessons. As the saying goes:

— Failures are the best teachers.

From your first investment, you will learn a lot. Remember, it’s not always about winning. You should always remember this famous quote ‘Sometimes you win, & sometimes you learn’. Further, from your first investment, you will learn more important things. You will learn what things to do and moreover, you will learn what things not to do. Besides, losing small money won’t affect your morale and you can come back in the game again, and next time even more prepared and informed.

On the other hand, if you win i.e. the stock performed well, then congratulations. You have done a good job! 

Your first investment teaches you a great lesson if it is a failure. On the other hand, if your first stock is a winner, it gives tremendous joy and becomes a memory for the lifetime. Both ways, you’re gonna receive something. Either a lesson or joy.

In my case, I bought three stocks during my first investment. Out of three, two performed well and the third underperformed for three continuous months. Although the overall portfolio was in profit, still the returns were not as good as I expected. Therefore, I sold the third stock after the third month. (Quick spoiler: The third stock became a multi-bagger in the next two years. But, I don’t have any regrets.)

For beginners, I will suggest following their stock portfolio for three-five months before investing heavily in the market. The initial big profits on your stock might give you great confidence to keep buying additional stocks. But you shouldn’t be greedy at that moment.  You must remember that for beginners, it’s more important to learn how to do value investing, that to earn money. And once you have learned the basics, the game is yours.

Also read: How to create your Stock Portfolio?

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— 100 minus your age rule

There is a famous rule regarding how much you should invest in the stock market and widely known as ‘100 minus your age rule’. The rule is based on the principle of gradually reducing your risk as you get older. The rules go like this. The percentage of the stock holding in your net worth should be equal to 100 minus your age.’

For example, Let’s say your age is 20 and your total savings till date is Rs 1000. Then, the amount that you should invest in the stock market should be (100-20) = 80% of your total net worth. In other words, you should invest Rs 800 in the stock market if you are of age 20 from a total saving of Rs 1000.

You can read the complete post about ‘100 minus your age rule’ here.

— The X/3 Rule:

This is another popular rule for beginners to reduce risk while investing. The rule says to invest the only x/3 amount in the beginning if x is the total amount you intended to invest in a stock. After a few weeks, you can invest your next x/3 amount to the stock if it’s doing good. And finally the last x/3 again after another few months.

For example, if you intend to invest Rs 10,000 in a stock, don’t buy from the whole amount all in one go. Invest only 10,000/3=  Rs 3,333 initially. If you find your investment grow, then you can add Rs 3,333 in the next round of investment and the last Rs 3,334 in the final round. The rule greatly minimizes the risk and helps in averaging out the purchase price.

Anyways, a minor problem with this rule is that it reduces the focused amount. Therefore, the final profit might be a little less than expected if the whole amount was invested at the same time. Still, it’s a great rule for stock market beginners and helped a lot of newbies to reduce their risk and losses significantly.

There is one more rule called the ‘75% profit rule’. However, it is more like a hypothesis that a rule. It states that if 75% of stocks in your portfolio are doing good, then you can invest further. For example, if you have bought 4 stocks and 3 of them are doing good, then it means that your strategy is working and you can increase your investment. The chances of all the stocks in your portfolio(4/4) working great is very limited. Even Warren Buffett, the greatest investor of all time, has some stocks in the portfolio which gives him negative returns.

In short, if 75% of your stocks are doing great, it means that your strategy is good and it’s not the luck that is driving your portfolio. In other words, if you have only one stock in your portfolio and it’s growing fast, there might be a luck factor. But if 7 out of 10 stocks in your portfolio are growing, it’s more because you did your research correctly.

That’s all. These are the basics tips and tricks for beginners to invest in the stock market.  Also remember the answer to the original question ‘what is the minimum money I need to start stock trading?’ is that there is no minimum money you need to start stock trading. That is no lower limit for that minimum money you need to start stock trading.

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One more thing I would like to add to this post. There are also some additional charges while buying a stock online and the buyer have to pay them. They are generally less than 1% of the amount of the transaction. The additional charges are brokerage charge, Service charge, STT, etc. Therefore, you also have to keep these charges in mind during buying a stock. Although these are a very small amount, still they will add up in the final amount of the stock that you bought.

Hence, for all those who are asking ‘What is the minimum money I need to start stock trading in India?’, the answer is that there isn’t minimum money you need to start trading in India. Anything that suits you is good enough for the market. Any money at which you can buy a stock works fine for entering the market. Any amount that you are ready to invest, is great to start stock trading in India.

Lastly, I hope my post ‘What is the minimum money I need to start stock trading in India’ is useful for the readers. If you need any further clarification or have any doubts, feel free to comment below. I’ll be happy to help you out.

Closing Note: If you are new to stocks and confused where to start, here’s an amazing online course for the newbie investors: INVESTING IN STOCKS- THE COMPLETE COURSE FOR BEGINNERS. Enroll now and start your stock market journey today!

top 10 warren buffett quotes on investing

Top 10 Warren Buffett Quotes on Investing.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Quotes on Investing:

Warren Buffett, the most renowned investor of all time and one of the richest men on earth. He’s is probably the most famous figure when it comes to investment. The veteran investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, the American multinational conglomerate holding company are known for his investing prowess. This clever stock picker has also an amazing his wit & sense of humor.

As the world’s best investor, the people are constantly looking at Warren Buffett for investment advice. A quick google search will give you millions of results about the famous quotations by the legendary investor. The philanthropist investor, who is pledged to give 99% of his total worth to the philanthropic cause, has many of the famous quotations on investing which are worth sharing. So, today I have brought this list of the top 10 Warren Buffett Quotes on Investing. Here it goes.

 Top 10 Warren Buffett Quotes on Investing.

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”


“Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.”


“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.”


“We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”


“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”


“If you are not willing to own a stock for 10 years, do not even think about owning it for 10 minutes.”


“We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest.”


“Cash combined with courage in a time of crisis is priceless.”


“If you have more than 120 or 130 I.Q. points, you can afford to give the rest away. You don’t need extraordinary intelligence to succeed as an investor.”


“Unless you can watch your stock holding decline by 50% without becoming panic-stricken, you should not be in the stock market.”


Wanna read more from the greatest investors himself. Here is a book that I highly recommend you to read: Gems from Warren Buffett – Wit and Wisdom from 34 Years of Letters to Shareholders

I hope the quotes from this oracle of Omaha have some impact on the readers and they can also brighten their path from the lights of this great investor. I have included most of the best quotes by Warren Buffett in the top 10 Warren Buffett quotes on investing list.

Further, if you think of any other quote which you want to add to the list, please comment below. I will be happy to respond to the comments on the post ‘the top 10 Warren Buffett quotes on investing’.

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Six Different Types of Stock in Indian Market according to Peter Lynch

Six Different Types of Stock in Indian Market according to Peter Lynch:

Peter Lynch is the renowned American investor and ex-manager of Magellan fund at Fidelity investment. He is famous for his averaged 29.2% annual return for the duration of 13 years. The prodigal mutual fund manager divided the stocks into six categories during his investment experience. Namely: slow growers, stalwarts, fast growers, cyclical, asset plays, and turnarounds.

We are also going to follow lynch’s path.  Here are the categories with the examples of stocks from Indian markets so that they are easier to understand.

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Six Different Types of Stock in Indian Market according to Peter Lynch:

1. Slow growers / Sluggards

Slow growers, which originally once were fast growers, can be identified easily with a slow growth rate i.e. a low upward slope of earnings growth and stock price. The growth is usually between 2-5%. They can also be identified by the size and generosity of their dividend.

Peter Lynch did not like to spend time on these ‘sluggards’ and his portfolio consisted of very less percentage of slow growers. According to him, the only reason to buy these stocks is their dividends. They generally give a very good dividend (about 4-6%) and are a good asset during the recession as its very unlikely for their stock to feel too hard.

Example: Reliance, Power Grid Corp

2. The Stalwarts

They are the second type of categories of the Six Different Types of Stock in Indian Market according to Peter Lynch.

These stocks have average growth rate and are usually large companies that have earnings growth in the 10-12 percent range – higher than the slow growers.

According to Peter lynch, you can get a good return from these stocks if you wait for a long time. They generally end up from two-baggers (two times your buying price) to four-baggers. It’s good to have few stalwarts in your portfolio.

Example: HPCL, Bajaj Auto, Mahindra & Mahindra

Best book for Stock Market Beginners– If you are new to stocks, I will highly recommend to read ‘ONE UP ON THE WALL STREET‘ by Peter Lynch. It is available currently at the best price on Amazon.

3. The fast growers

The fast growers are everyone’s first choice. These stocks are generally small aggressive new enterprises and they grow at an impressive rate of 20-25% per year. But one should be open-eyed when they own a fast grower. There is a great likelihood for the fast growers to get hammered if they run out of steam and become a slow grower.

Peter lynch’s portfolio consisted mainly of the fast growers. He looks for fast growers with good balance sheets and which have good profitability. This category is also the lynch’s favorite among the Six Different Types of Stock in Indian Market according to Peter Lynch

Example: MRF, Eicher Motors, axis bank, Infosys, Maruti

4. The Cyclicals

The Cyclical can be distinguished from the fast growers as the cyclical keep on expanding and contracting and again repeating the same cycle (while the fast growers keep on expanding). They tend to flourish when coming out of a recession into a vigorous economy.

Automobiles, Metals, Chemicals, Tyres etc are the examples of the cyclical. Their charts tend to be very up and down over time. It is advised to owning the cyclical only on the right part of the cycle.  That is when they are expanding. Sometimes, it even takes them years before they perform. Timing is everything and you need to be able to detect the early signs that business is falling off or picking up.

Example: GAIL, Coal India, SBI

5. The turnarounds

The turnarounds are identified by Lynch as ‘no growers’ rather than ‘slow growers’. They are potential fatalities that have been badly hammered by the market for one or more of a variety of reasons. But they can make up lost ground very quickly.

Peter lynch identifies different types of turnarounds in his book ‘One up on the Wall Street’ and admits to being burnt by a number of them but suggests that the occasional success can be exciting and rewarding.

Example: Tata Steel, Phoenix Mills etc

6. The Asset Plays

This is the last category from the Six Different Types of Stock in Indian Market according to Peter Lynch.

The asset plays are those stocks whose stocks are greatly undervalued and those stocks that have assets overlooked by the market. These assets may be simply cash that the company is holding but which is not valued when there has been a general market downturn. The cash may be worth more than the market capitalization of the company.

Many of the PSUs are key asset plays because of the real estate property they are holding. For example- State bank of India. SBI has over 24,000 branches all over India. A similar example is ONGC.

Peter lynch understands the worth of the asset plays. He suggests owning few of these stocks in your portfolio as they are most likely to give you a good return in the future. The only significant thing in these stocks is to carefully find these stocks and right estimate for the worth of the assets. If you are able to do it, own that stock.

Try it out yourself!

So, these are the six different types of Stock in Indian Market according to Peter Lynch. If you followed the post, you can also easily categorize any stock in the six types given above. So, go on, play around different stocks and classify them accordingly to above categories.

NOTE: The research on Six Different Types of Stock in Indian Market according to Peter Lynch is derived from his Book ONE UP ON WALL STREET.

Further, please comment below with the name of stocks that fits the above categories. I will really appreciate it and it will be very beneficial for the other post viewers.

New to stocks and confused where to start? Here’s an amazing online course for the newbie investors: INVESTING IN STOCKS- THE COMPLETE COURSE FOR BEGINNERS. Enroll now and start your stock market journey today!

How to create your Stock Portfolio?

An intelligent investor should know the importance of a well-diversified smart portfolio. Whether he is investing in stocks, bonds or mutual investment, he always chooses his portfolio smartly. Although most people have a different strategy for creating their portfolio, there are a few main points that should be taken care of while creating your portfolio.

Portfolio Diversification

A smart portfolio is the one, which maximizes the profit and minimizes the risk. The first step of creating an intelligent portfolio is ‘Diversification’.

What diversification means, in general, is to buy stocks from different sectors (Banks, autos, FMCG, energy, IT, etc) rather than buying a single or two stocks of huge amount. In short, it can be explained by the old saying- ‘Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket’.

While many people argue that, it makes a lot of sense to invest a huge sum of money on a sure-shot stock (which you are too confident about- example Microsoft, which gave 10 times or more returns). However, we like to differ from the argument.

There are various reasons we can give you to support our conclusion.

First, you never know which stock is next Microsoft. Stocks like Microsoft are only a few among more than 5000 stocks in the stock market. If by any chance you made a mistake or if by bad circumstances, the company is not able to perform as expected, and then your whole sum of money will be in vain & you may be in a tremendous loss. Second, for investing in such a company, you need to be 1000% sure. You need to do a lot of intense investment about the company (which is generally not possible for a retail investor), but if you have a diversified portfolio you can slight risks if you are confident about your other stocks.

For example, if you have 10 good stocks, you can be certain that most of them (8-9) will outperform the market and give you a good result. 1-2 bad stocks in a group of 10 will not affect your overall portfolio. However, in the case of a single stock, it is either win or lose.

If you want to learn more about stock market investing strategies, I will highly recommend you to read this best-selling book: One Up On Wall Street: How To Use What You Already Know To Make Money In the Market by Peter Lynch

Therefore, in this post about How to create your stock portfolio, we suggest our retail investors invest in a diversified portfolio. Do not buy 1 lakh shares of just one company in your portfolio.

The advantages of a diversified portfolio:

  1. Diversification helps you in giving liberty to choose a variety of stock. You need to do extraordinary in all the stocks you choose. If most of the stocks are performing well, then your portfolio will overall be in profit. Like the legendary investor Warren Buffett said ‘You only have to do a very few thing right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.’
  1. Sometimes some sectors underperform and because of which the stock will underperform. Say, if the bank sector is not performing then your bank stock will be in loss. However, it is very less likely that all other sectors (IT, autos, FMCG etc), will also not perform at the same time. During such times, diversification can help you to remain in profit withholding the stocks of other sectors.
  2. Further, if because of some unpredictable reason, one of your stock is not performing well, but you are confident that it will perform well in future, you can still keep the stock on the stake of your other good-performing stocks. You just need to balance out and be overall in profit. [In undiversified case, if your stock is not performing, you will be in overall loss and which might lead you to sell that potential stock.]

Hence, form the arguments that we just put forward, you must follow the diversified portfolio in the stock investment in order to minimize your losses.

How to create a diversified stock portfolio?

Now, we will give you an example of how to create your stock portfolio using diversified portfolio strategy so that you can get an idea of how to create one.

 

 

Stock Name Sector Price No of Stocks Investment** % in Portfolia
BPCL Oil & Gas 713.12 20 15000 21.28%
IndusInd Bank Bank 1334.22 10 13500 19.15%
Hero Motocorp Auto 3163.05 2 6300 8.94%
Tata Motors Auto 460.20 10 4700 6.67%
Infosys IT 990.45 10 10000 14.18%
Tata Steel Metals 485 20 10000 14.18%
Emami FMCG 1077.55 10 11000 15.60%
Total 70500 100%

**Investment is not just Price X (no of stocks). It also includes other charges like brokerage charge, transaction charge, STT, service charge etc.

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There are other important points in our discussion about how to create your stock portfolio, which need to be taken care while creating your portfolio, and will be discussed in subsequent posts.

What is Bull and Bear market? Stock Market Basics

What is Bull and Bear market?

Bull Market:

A bull market is a market financial situation which is characterized by the investor’s confidence, optimism and positive expectations that good results will continue.

The bull market is generally related to the stock market but it applies to all financial markets like currencies, bonds, commodities etc. During a bull market, everything in the economy is amazing like growing GDP, increased job, rising stock prices etc.

Bull markets often lead to the overvaluation of the stocks as the investors are highly optimistic and believe that the stock will always go up.

Bear Market:

The opposite of a bull market is a bear market, which is typically characterized by a bad economy, fewer jobs, recession, and falling share prices. The investor’s behavior during a bearish market is highly pessimistic as they fear that the stocks will go down and down.

Bear markets make it tough for investors to pick profitable stocks for the short term.

NOTE: The ‘bull’ and ‘bear’ words that are used in the market is derived from the way these animals attack their opponents. bull thrusts its horns up into the air upwards, while a bear swipes its paws downward. These actions are metaphors for the movement of a market. If the trend is upwards, it’s a bull market. And, if the trend is downwards, it’s a bear market.

If you want to read further in details, I will highly recommend to read the book- Bulls, Bears and Other Beasts: A Story of the Indian Stock Market by Santosh Nair, one of the best book on Indian Stock Market.


Bull and Bear market example for India:

India’s Bombay Stock Exchange Index, was in a bull market trend for about five years from April 2003 to January 2008 as it increased from 2,900 points to 21,000 points.

Examples of Bear Market in India are – the stock market crashes of 1992 and 1994 and the dotcom crash of 2000.

Further, the Great Depression of the 1930s is a famous example of a bear market in the US.

Like all other markets bull market or the bear market does not last endlessly as no market can last forever. Further, It is difficult to predict the changing trends in the market as it is much influenced by the psychological effects and speculations of investors.

New to stocks and confused where to start? Here’s an amazing online course for the newbie investors: INVESTING IN STOCKS- THE COMPLETE COURSE FOR BEGINNERS. Enroll now and start your stock market journey today!

What is Nifty? Nifty Meaning Explained for Beginners.

What is Nifty? Nifty Meaning Explained– The NIFTY 50 index is National Stock Exchange of India’s benchmark stock market index for Indian equity market. Nifty is owned and managed by India Index Services and Products (IISL).

  • The base year is taken as 1995 and the base value is set to 1000.
  • Nifty is calculated on 50 stocks actively traded in the NSE
  • 50 top stocks are selected from 24 sectors.

Nifty Meaning: Just as the Sensex which was introduced by the Bombay stock exchange(BSE), Nifty is a major stock index in India introduced by the National stock exchange(NSE).

Also Read: What is Sensex?

NIFTY 50 Index is computed using free float market capitalization method. NIFTY 50 can be used for a variety of purposes such as benchmarking fund portfolios, launching of index funds, ETFs, and structured products.

S. No Company Name Industry Symbol
1 ACC Ltd. CEMENT & CEMENT PRODUCTS ACC
2 Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd. SERVICES ADANIPORTS
3 Ambuja Cements Ltd. CEMENT & CEMENT PRODUCTS AMBUJACEM
4 Asian Paints Ltd. CONSUMER GOODS ASIANPAINT
5 Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. PHARMA AUROPHARMA
6 Axis Bank Ltd. FINANCIAL SERVICES AXISBANK
7 Bajaj Auto Ltd. AUTOMOBILE BAJAJ-AUTO
8 Bank of Baroda FINANCIAL SERVICES BANKBARODA
9 Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING BHEL
10 Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. ENERGY BPCL
11 Bharti Airtel Ltd. TELECOM BHARTIARTL
12 Bharti Infratel Ltd. TELECOM INFRATEL
13 Bosch Ltd. AUTOMOBILE BOSCHLTD
14 Cipla Ltd. PHARMA CIPLA
15 Coal India Ltd. METALS COALINDIA
16 Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. PHARMA DRREDDY
17 Eicher Motors Ltd. AUTOMOBILE EICHERMOT
18 GAIL (India) Ltd. ENERGY GAIL
19 Grasim Industries Ltd. CEMENT & CEMENT PRODUCTS GRASIM
20 HCL Technologies Ltd. IT HCLTECH
21 HDFC Bank Ltd. FINANCIAL SERVICES HDFCBANK
22 Hero MotoCorp Ltd. AUTOMOBILE HEROMOTOCO
23 Hindalco Industries Ltd. METALS HINDALCO
24 Hindustan Unilever Ltd. CONSUMER GOODS HINDUNILVR
25 Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. FINANCIAL SERVICES HDFC
26 I T C Ltd. CONSUMER GOODS ITC
27 ICICI Bank Ltd. FINANCIAL SERVICES ICICIBANK
28 Idea Cellular Ltd. TELECOM IDEA
29 IndusInd Bank Ltd. FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSINDBK
30 Infosys Ltd. IT INFY
31 Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. FINANCIAL SERVICES KOTAKBANK
32 Larsen & Toubro Ltd. CONSTRUCTION LT
33 Lupin Ltd. PHARMA LUPIN
34 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. AUTOMOBILE M&M
35 Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. AUTOMOBILE MARUTI
36 NTPC Ltd. ENERGY NTPC
37 Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. ENERGY ONGC
38 Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. ENERGY POWERGRID
39 Reliance Industries Ltd. ENERGY RELIANCE
40 State Bank of India FINANCIAL SERVICES SBIN
41 Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. PHARMA SUNPHARMA
42 Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. IT TCS
43 Tata Motors Ltd DVR AUTOMOBILE TATAMTRDVR
44 Tata Motors Ltd. AUTOMOBILE TATAMOTORS
45 Tata Power Co. Ltd. ENERGY TATAPOWER
46 Tata Steel Ltd. METALS TATASTEEL
47 Tech Mahindra Ltd. IT TECHM
48 UltraTech Cement Ltd. CEMENT & CEMENT PRODUCTS ULTRACEMCO
49 Wipro Ltd. IT WIPRO
50 Yes Bank Ltd. FINANCIAL SERVICES YESBANK
51 Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT ZEEL

*And the 51st stock is: The Tata Motors DVR. This is a differential voting rights share of Tata Motors. Which is already in the Nifty! Reference: https://www.nseindia.com/content/indices/Method_Nifty_50.pdf https://www.nseindia.com/content/indices/ind_nifty50list.csv https://www.nseindia.com/content/indices/ind_nifty50.pdf

If you want to read further, here is a great book about Indian Stock Market: Bulls, Bears and Other Beasts: A Story of the Indian Stock Market by Santosh Nair

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How is Sensex calculated?

How is Sensex calculated? Sensex, also called BSE 30, is the market index consisting of 30 well-established and financially sound companies listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

The methodology used for calculating SENSEX is quite interesting. It is calculated using the ‘Free-float Market Capitalization’ method.

Free-float Market Capitalization:

It is defined as that proportion of the total shares issued by the company that is readily available for trading in the market. It excludes promoter’s holding.

 For example, suppose a company has 1000 shares in total. Out of this, 300 shares are held for the promoters. Hence, only 700 shares are available to the general public for trading. These 700 shares are called the ‘free-floating shares’

Suppose the price of each share is Rs 200.

Then, total market capitalization = 1000 Shares * Rs 200 = Rs 2,00,000

Free float market capitalization = 700 shares * Rs 200 = Rs 1,40,000

Now, for calculating the index, suppose the index consists of two stocks. Stock A and Stock B.

Details Company A Company B
Total Shares 1000 2000
Public holding 700 1000
Promoter’s holding 300 1000
Current Market price 200 300
Total market capitalization 2,00,000 6,00,000
Free float market capitalization 1,40,000 3,00,000
  • As of today, total free float market capitalization (of A & B) = 1,40,000 + 3,00,000 = 4,40,000
  • The year 1978-79 is considered as the base year of the index with a value set to 100.
  • Suppose at that time (1978-79), the total free float market capitalization of the stock was said 11,000.

By using simple maths,

Today Free-float Market Cap Index-Value
1978-79 11,000 100
Today 4,40,000 X

X = (100/11000) * 440000 = 4,000

  • Thus, the value of index today is 4000.
  • THIS IS HOW SENSEX IS CALCULATED.
  • The factor (100/11000) is called index divisor.
Index Formula:

INDEX = Base * (Current market capitalization/ Base market capitalization) 

Here, is the Sensex from 1991 to 2013. Note, the dip at 2008-09 during the great Indian recession.

If you are new to Indian stock market, I will highly recommend you to read this book: How to Avoid Loss and Earn Consistently in the Stock Market: An Easy-To-Understand and Practical Guide for Every Investor by Prasenjit Paul

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What are stocks? And what is a Stock Market?

What are stocks and what is a stock Market? This is probably the biggest financial question whose answer billions of people are searching for. “What are stocks?”,”What is a stock market?”,”How stock market works?”,”Why stock market exists?” You might have also wondered the answers to these questions if you are a newbie to stock market industry. Although a simple booking answer/definition of all the above questions can be found easily in a book or online, it would be simpler and more interesting if we explain the whole scenario in the form of a story.

In this article, we’ll cover the stock market story to understand what are stocks. In the later section, we will also give you the standard definition for all these for your better understanding. Let’s get started.

The Stock Market Story

It all starts with a company. Let’s say there is a company XYZ. It is private company which means that the company is totally owned by the owners (promoters). Further, let’s say that the Company XYZ is a manufacturing company and is doing well in its industry.

Now the owners wants to expand their company in new cities and also to perform new Research and development in their field for growth. And for all these, the company requires capital (money).

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Now, let’s see what the options for the owners to get the required capital.

At first, the company will try to get the capital from its own promoters (owners) to expand the company. This is the easiest way to raise capital as the promoters can easily put their their savings/holdings in the company for its growth. A similar option can be going to FFF (Friends, Family, Fools) who might me ready to in invest money in the company. If both these are not sufficient, another option can be going to Angel investors or VC (Venture capitalists) for raising money. But here, the owners have to give a portion of their company (Stakes) to these investors or VCs. Moreover, Angels and VCs are a little difficult to find.

If none of the above options meet the full capital requirement for the company, then it has to go to the biggest money source, the BANKS. These banks can give big loans to the company for which they have to pay some interest and have to fully return the capital at the end of the term. However, paying debts along with interests can be a troublesome options for companies.

Them, what’s the option for the company XYZ now? From where can the company X get such a large capital? The answer is public. The company XYZ can get a large sum of money by giving a little ownership of the company to the people in exchange of their money. And here begins the journey of the company XYZ in the stock market.

A stock market is a place where the company will be able to sell its ownership (in the form of the stocks) to the public. And why will the people buy the stocks of the company XYZ? It totally depends on how positive the people is about the growth of the company in terms of sales, earnings, revenue etc. If the people think that the company will be able to grow to new heights or if they believe in the visions of the company X, then, the public will buy the stocks to trade their money with the ownership of the company. These stocks may rise in value as the company performs well in future, giving the public investors good returns.

Thus by giving the portion of the ownership, the company XYZ will be able to pool a great amount of money for its growth and development.

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Now, generally, the company does not offer its complete shares to the public. Almost all of the times the owners (promoters) keep a portion of the stock with them to keep the ownership in their hands. For example, Mukesh Ambani from Reliance Industries own around 51% stake of the company. Rest they have sold to the public, FII, DII etc.

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Let’s understand it better with another example. Assume, the company XYZ decided to provide 10,00,000 shares which constitutes the entire value of the company. Out of the total, it decides to offer 7,00,000 shares to the public and to keep remaining 3,00,000 shares with promoters. Here, the promoters 30% ownership in the company.

Quick Note: We would also like to define the term free-float market capitalization here. It is the product of the total shares offered to the public and the price of per share. Let’s say the company XYZ’s each share price costs Rs 50 and it offers 7,00,000 public shares. Then, the free float market capitalization here will be equal to 50*7,00,000. The total market capitalization will be 50*10,00,000.

Now, let’s move the story further. The company XYZ has decided to enter the stock market. When the first time the company enters the market, it has to provide an offering price of the shares for the public to buy. This process of entering the market is called initial public offering i.e. IPO (or going public). The IPO is offered in the primary market, where the seller is the company and the buyer is the public. After the IPO, the stock goes to the secondary market, where the buyer and sellers both are the public. Here, the public generally exchanges the ownership of the company in order to trade/invest or simply to book profits.

That’s the simplest story of the stock and the company XYZ from private stage to going public.

Stock Market Definitions

As promised, now that you have understood what are stocks, let us also look into the standard definitions of the above discussed stock market terms.

— Stock: A stock is a general term used to describe the ownership of any company. Stock represents a claim on the company’s assets and earnings. As you acquire more stock, your ownership stake in the company becomes greater. Shares, equity, or stock, all basically mean the same thing.

— Stock Market: The stock market is the market in which shares of publicly held companies are issued and traded either through exchanges or over-the-counter markets. It is a place where shares of publicly listed companies are traded. The stock market can be split into two main sections: the primary market and the secondary market.

  1. Primary Market: It’s where new issues are first sold through initial public offerings. Retail Investors, mutual funds, domestical, and foreign institutional investors buy the share from the promoters. Institutional investors typically purchase most of these shares during this first-time issue by the company.
  2. Secondary Market: All subsequent trading goes on in the secondary market where participants include both institutional and individual investors.

— Initial Public Offering (IPO): An IPO is the first time that the stock of a private company is offered to the public. It is a source of collecting money from the public for the first time in the market to fund its projects. In return, the company gives the share to the investors in the company. IPOs are often issued by smaller, younger companies seeking capital to expand, but they can also be done by large privately-owned companies looking to become publicly traded.

— Market Capitalization: Market Cap or Market capitalization refers to the total market value of a company’s outstanding shares. It is calculated by multiplying a company’s shares outstanding by the current market price of one share. The investment community uses this figure to determine a company’s size, as opposed to its competitor, industry and market as a whole.

 

In this post, we discussed what are stocks and what is a stock market. By now, you would have a basic knowledge of stocks. However, this is just the beginning. Next, you need to learn little advance stock market terms like Sensex, NSE, BSE, Bulls, Bulls, etc.

I hope you continue your stock market education journey on Trade Brains. Have a great day and Happy Investing!