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Share market is where buying and selling of share happens. Share represents a unit of ownership of the company from where you bought it. For example, you bought 10 shares of Rs. 200 each of ABC company, then you become a shareholder of ABC. This allows you to sell ABC share anytime you want. Investing in shares allows you to fulfill your dreams like higher education, buying a car, building a home, etc. If you start investing at a young age and stay invested for a long time, the rate of return will be high. You can plan your investment strategy based on the time you need money.
By buying share, you are investing money in the company. As the company grows, the price of your share too will increase. You can get profit by selling the shares in the market. There are various factors that affect the price of a share. Sometimes the price can rise and sometimes it can fall. Long term investment will nullify the fall in price.
Two kinds of Share Market
Share market is categorized into two namely:
- 1. Primary Market
- 2. Secondary Market
- A company or government raises money by issuing shares in the primary market by the process of IPO.
- The issue can be either through public or private placement.
- Issue is public when the allotment of shares is made to more than 200 persons; Issue is private when the allotment is made to less than 200 persons.
- Price of a share can be based on Fixed price or Book building issue; Fixed price is decided by the issuer and mentioned in offer document; Book building is where the price of an issue is found out based on the demand from the investors.
The shares bought in the primary market can be sold in the secondary market. Secondary market operates through over the counter (OTC) and exchange traded market. OTC markets are informal markets wherein two parties agree on a particular transaction to be settled in future.
Exchange traded markets are highly regulated. Also called as auction market wherein all transactions happen via the exchange.
Why is Share Market important?
Share market plays a vital role in aiding the companies to raise capital for expansion and growth. Through IPOs, companies issue shares to the public and in turn receive funds that are used for various purposes. The company gets listed on the stock exchange after IPO and this provides an opportunity to even a common man to invest in the company. The visibility of the company increases as well.
You can be a trader or investor in the share market. Traders hold stocks for a short period of time whereas investors hold stocks for a longer duration. As per your financial needs, you can choose the investment product.
The investors in the company can use this investment to fulfill their life goals. It’s one of the major platforms for investment as it provides liquidity. For instance, you can buy or sell share anytime based on the need. That is, financial assets can be converted to cash anytime. It offers ample opportunities for wealth creation.