Earlier, stockbrokers would converge around Banyan trees to conduct trades of stocks. As the number of brokers increased and the streets overflowed, in 1854, they relocated to Dalal Street, the place where the oldest stock exchange in Asia – the Bombay stock Exchange is now located.
In 1993, the National Stock Exchange or NSE was formed. Within a few years, trading on both the exchanges shifted from an open outcry system to an automated trading environment.
Primary and Secondary Market
There are two kinds of Share Market
#1 Primary Market
Primary Market is the market where investors can buy shares directly from the issuer company to raise their capital.
When investors purchase securities on the primary capital market, the company offering the securities has already hired an underwriting firm to review the offering and create a prospectus outlining the price and other details of the securities to be issued.
#2 Secondary Market
Secondary market is the market where stocks are traded after they are initially offered to the investor in primary market and get listed to stock exchange.
Secondary market comprises of equity markets and the debt markets.
It is a platform to trade listed equities, while Primary market is the way for companies to enter in to secondary market.
How Share Market Works?
The stock market works as investors buy/sell shares in publicly traded companies.
There are interactions between the four groups of people that the stock market work.
In the diagram below, we are the “Investors” and we only deal with the “Trading Participants”.
However, for a complete understanding of the market, you need to understand the other relationships.
1. The Publicly Listed Company and The Stock Exchange
The publicly listed company applies to the stock exchange so that they can be allowed to offer shares of stock to the public.
The company must comply with very stringent requirements before the investments are opened to the public.
2. The Stock Exchange and The Trading Participant (Broker)
The stock exchange does not directly transact with investors. Only Trading Participants licensed by the Stock Exchange are allowed to buy and sell shares of stock.
This was done simply for control purpose and work simplification.
The Stock Exchange prioritizes monitoring of publicly Listed companies while the Trading Participants deal with the investing public.
3. The Trading Participant and Investors
You will have to contact a trading participant (broker) if you want to buy or sell shares of a particular company.
For this, the broker will charge a very small fee for the buying or selling transaction.
Broker also provide you with information on which companies are good to buy in addition to their transaction services.
How to Invest in Shares?
1. Know Your Investment
The stock market has, perhaps, the most exciting investment opportunities for the investor community.
Understand your investment requirements and limitations. Your requirements should take into account the present as well as the future.
Making profits on short term buying and selling of shares incurs capital gain tax. So, ensure that your cash needs don’t force you to sell your shares on short-term unnecessary costs in the future.
2.Make Decision on Your Strategy
To trade or invest successfully you need to understand your investment profile and analyse the stock market. After analysing stock market, you can decide your investment strategy.
Once you understand and follow your strategy with discipline you will get very good result.
3. Monitor Your Portfolio
Keep update with the latest happenings of the company and the industry. There are number of factors that can affect the company which can be both domestic and international.
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.
Ensure that you regularly read about the companies you have invested in. in case some unfortunate situation, this will help you minimize your losses before it is too late.