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What exactly are stock exchanges?

The stock market is also known as the share market, where equity, debtentures, mutual funds, derivatives, and other types of securities are purchased and sold.

India’s two largest stock exchanges are—

  • BSE stands for bovine spongiform (Bombay Stock Exchange).
  • The NSE is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the National Stock Exchange.

Companies take out their IPO based on the guidelines of SEBI, after which their shares can be bought and sold in the open market. After that, if you buy the shares of that company, you become the owner of that company in proportion to the percentage of the share.

How does the stock market work?

It is very easy; you have to understand these four things –

  • Listed companies
  • share holder
  • Demand and supply
  • market conditions, etc.

How do businesses go about issuing stock?

To begin, corporations list their stock on the stock exchange and issue an IPO (Initial Public Offering) to sell their shares to the public at a price they determine. After the IPO, the shares are released into the market where they are bought and sold by investors through stock exchanges and brokers.

How do share prices change?

The price of the shares is set by the firm during the IPO, but once it is done, the value of the shares is determined by market demand and supply.

What exactly is the Sensex?

The Bombay Stock Exchange’s Sensex index is calculated using the market capitalization (total worth of companies) of the top 30 companies listed on the BSE. If the Sensex rises, it signifies that the majority of the BSE-listed companies have performed well. Similarly, if the Sensex declines, it indicates that most companies’ performance has been weak.

What is Nifty?

The National Stock Exchange’s Nifty index is calculated using the market capitalization of the top 50 businesses listed on the NSE. If Nifty rises, it indicates that NSE firms have performed well, but if Nifty falls, it indicates that NSE companies have performed poorly.

What are bonds and debentures?

In some ways, a bond or debenture is similar to a loan.

When a corporation needs money for a project, it can either borrow from a bank or borrow from the general public by issuing bonds or debentures whose repayment it must complete within the specified time frame.

Companies pay a fixed rate of interest on bonds and debentures, and after the bonds mature, they repay the bonds in exchange for them.

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For any investor, bonds or debentures are a safer investment option than stocks. because interest is paid on a regular basis at the company’s set rate and repayment is made at maturity.

What are mutual funds?

Mutual funds are a sort of indirect stock and bond investment.

Mutual funds are a sort of trust or institution that issues its own shares, which people can purchase and invest in.

Professional managers of mutual funds invest the invested amount in a variety of shares and other securities based on their knowledge, experience, understanding, and analysis.

What is SIP?

SIP stands for Systematic Investment Plan, which is a type of mutual fund investment.

Instead of a lump sum commitment, a monthly fixed amount is placed in a mutual fund.

The SIP plan is linked to the investor’s bank account, such that a set amount is paid from the bank account to the mutual fund every month, and mutual fund units equal to that amount are sent to the investor’s account.

What are demat accounts?

All securities relating to your investment in a demat account, such as shares, bonds, government securities, mutual funds, and so on, are maintained in electronic form just like money in a bank account.

What are trading accounts?

You need a trading account to sell and buy shares.

You can open this account with a good broker, and you can use it to purchase and sell shares at any time thanks to the online facility.

How to Invest in the Share Market?

You need to open a trading and demat account with a reputable stock broker for this.

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