Hola Investors. Today we are going to teach you how to monitor your stock portfolio in an easy and effective way. First, let me clarify that in this post we are going to learn how to monitor the performances of the holding stock in your portfolio.
We are not going to discuss how to track your profits or how much money you have made from the market. There are a number of financial websites and apps that you can use to track your profits or losses.
Here we are going to discuss how to monitor the performance of the holding stocks. How is the company doing? Is the company’s performance improving or declining?
This post has nothing to do with the stock price movement, but to monitor the company’s performance and growth. As creating a good stock portfolio is important, similarly, it’s equally important to monitor the performance of the holding stocks in your portfolio.
There are a few tips that we would like to give you first before we start discussing how to monitor your stock portfolio. They are:
1. You do not need to check the stock prices daily
Until you are involved in Intraday trading, checking the stock price daily won’t help you much. It’s a lot easier and stress-free if you do not check the prices of your stocks daily.
2. Moreover, do not calculate your net profit/loss daily
The stock market is dynamic and the stock prices change every second. And hence, there is again no use to check your net profit/loss daily.
3. ‘Buy & hold’ is old
If too much involvement is wrong, in the same way, extra ignorance towards your stocks is also bad. Do not trust blindly your holding companies. ‘Buy and hold’ strategy has few loopholes and you need to monitor even your best performing stock.
4. Look at unexpected changes
If there is a drastic rise/fall in the price of any of your holding stock, then you need to investigate the reason behind it.
Now that you have understood the quick tips, lets us study how to monitor your stock portfolio.
How to monitor your stock portfolio?
1. Read the important news about the company
Keep updated with the latest happenings of the company and the industry. There are a number of factors that can affect the company which can be both domestic (government norms, taxes, duties etc) and international (Currency exchange rates, crude oil, war scenarios etc).
To keep updated with the news you can set google alerts for the companies in your portfolio. All the news related to the company will be directly sent to your email inbox.
Learn how to set google alerts here.
Further, you can also read important news on a few financial websites like money control and Trade Brains Portal if you create your portfolio on it. These sites will notify you about the news regarding the company.
2. Check the quarterly results of the company
Every company in India releases its results quarterly i.e. 4 times a year. Typically, a company releases its results within 45 days after the end of every quarter (March/June/September/December).
Study the quarterly results of the company in your portfolio. If the results are good, then enjoy. However, if the result is bad, then do not get influenced by the loss of the company in just one quarter. In any business, there will be losses sometimes. What matters is consistency. Nevertheless, if the company is continuously giving bad results, then you need to reconsider the stock.
3. Read the annual results
A company’s annual reports are the best way to evaluate its performance. Using the annual reports, you can compare the company’s performance with its past to check its growth. You can also read the company’s future plans and strategy in the annual result.
Also read: How to do Fundamental Analysis on Stocks?
4. Keep an eye on Corporate announcements
Read the corporate announcements to remain updated with corporate actions of the company like new acquisition, merger, appointment or resignation of senior management etc. This information can also be found on the company’s website.
5. Monitor the shareholding patterns
You also need to check the shareholding pattern of the company, mainly the promoters shareholdings.
An increase in the shares of the promoters is a healthy sign. Promoters are the owners of the company and they have the best knowledge of the company. If they are confident about its future growth, they are usually correct.
However, if the shareholding of the promoters is continuously declining, then it’s a bad sign. Investigate further why the promoters are selling their stake. Besides, do not get afraid if mutual funds, FII, DII are buying/selling the stocks. They buy the stocks on the availability of funds.
6. Check the promoter’s pledge of shares
Promoters pledge of share is always a sign of caution. If the pledging is continuously increasing, then be aware. You can check the promoter’s pledge of share on the company’s website.
Although it takes a few efforts and time to continuously monitor the stocks in your portfolio, however, it’s worthwhile doing it. Nevertheless, if you have fewer stocks in your portfolio, say 8-10, then it won’t take much time to monitor your portfolio.
Moreover, the Google alerts and mobile app notifications have made the life of investors a lot easier. You can read most of the news and information on your mobile without much effort now.
That’s all. We hope this post on how to track your stock portfolio is useful to the readers.
If you have any doubts, do comment below. We reply to every one of them.
Hi, I am Kritesh (Tweet me here), an NSE Certified Equity Fundamental Analyst and an electrical engineer (NIT Warangal) by qualification. I have a passion for stocks and have spent my last 4+ years learning, investing and educating people about stock market investing. And so, I am delighted to share my learnings with you. #HappyInvesting