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Stock Market Software: Must weapon for investors

The stock market is huge. It has over 5,000 companies listed. Not to mention, the countless number of derivatives contracts, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs and other assets being traded in the market. How do you keep track of all this? Stock market software This is where the stock market software comes handy. These are applications, tailored for the desktop or mobile, that help you monitor the markets, place buy or sell orders, get alerts, and even conduct research. Why is the need for stock market software? There are many reasons why you need share market software: -          Monitor: At one point...
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Instant investments: What you should know

Investing in the stock market is fairly easy now. You could buy, sell or watch your investment portfolio at the tap of your mobile phone or click of your mouse on the computer. Gone are those days when you had to go to a broker office and place an order to transact. You heard news about one company or the other and you want to transact on the basis of this information, you could do so instantly now. Not long ago, you would have had to think about the distance to the place where your stock broker was located. Now, the...
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What your investments tell about you

Right from childhood, Indians are taught to save money. So, you earn, you spend, and then you keep some money aside as savings. As a little girl, you always had your piggy bank full. You loved to stash coins in it. With more and more working women attaining financial freedom, managing money is important than ever before. Here’s a look at what your investments tell about you: 1)      Bank deposits: Banks term deposits are accounts where you keep your money for a pre-determined time in return for an increase in value through interests. This rate is higher than that of a...
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The Need for Foreign Investments in India

FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) is a topic that’s been discussed to no end lately. British retailer Tesco and telecom major Vodafone are just two major firms whose investment in India has been approved by the government. Sources indicate that companies like Idea and HDFC Bank seeking shareholder approval to increase the foreign institutional investment or FII limit in their companies. Whatever the political sentiment may be with regards to FDI and FII, the economic reality of the present is that India needs more such investments.  Here are few key takeaways from these developments: An Upward Trajectory for the Market: The markets...
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A Guide to Muhurat Trading

Muhurat Trading is a tradition going back many years. It is meant to celebrate the festival of Diwali and is to be done for good fortune during the coming year. What it means for investors is an opportunity to participate in a tradition that has stood the test of time and start the New Year on a positive note. Muhurat Trading is also the perfect time for first-time investors to may forays into the trading market. For first-time investors, placing your first trades during this auspicious time will ensure a great start to your involvement with the markets. We recommend investing...
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Stock market trading: A Derivative of Fear and Anxiety?

Investors are often wary about losses they could make while trading in the stock market. Everyone wants to make money, but nobody wants to lose it. However, stock markets do not function in one direction. For someone to make money, somebody has to lose it. A market is a meeting place of expectations of buyers and sellers. If the demand is higher than supply, prices are higher. If the supply is higher than the demand, prices fall. Here are pointers that could help dealing with fear and anxiety: ·         Day trading: Stock market trading is a zero sum game. There are...
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How can NRI Invest in Indian Equities

Equity markets have always been a lucrative option for traders looking to mint money. And this is not only reserved for Indians. Non-resident Indians (NRIs) too can play in the markets. Here’s your five-point cheat-sheet on how NRIs can trade in India:   The process for NRIs to invest in the Indian equity markets is quite easy. They need to open a NRI trading account and then invest in equities using this specific account. Infact, NRIs have a dual benefit –they have access to the Indian equity market as well as overseas markets in their home country. There are some additional...
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Learning Trade Options – Tips for First Time Traders

I know it can be difficult getting started with options trading since it involves planning, money management, right trading psychology, and lots of risk. However, option trading has its own benefits when compared to other investment verticals. Too often, traders jump into the game with very less or no understanding of options. Option trading gives you the flexibility to put money on specific market outcomes. It therefore is a quick way of making money, and an easier way to lose them too. Basically option trading is a method of studying the game of stocks and betting your mind against the market....
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Cheaper Roaming Rates to Hurt Telecos’ Profits

In India, the telecommunication market is dominated by Airtel with 29.9 % market share, Vodafone (23 %), Idea (15.7 %), Tata (8.2 %) and Reliance (7.8 %).  There is a growth of 3.7 % in the industry gross revenues.  A total of Rs 38,750 crore were earned in the last quarter of the FY-2012-’13. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently announced that the roaming rates will be slashed by at least 57 %. This news has made telecom services subscribers happy, but for major telecom players in the market, it will hurt their profits. However, the telecom companies are heaving...
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Depreciating Rupee: A Sign of Worry

Indian currency experienced an all time low in May-2013.  The depreciating value of the currency is a sure-shot sign that something is amiss in the economy. The trend, as experts predict, will continue for some time in spite of heavy foreign fund flows. Indian currency is shoved down because of one prime reason, i.e. the continuous surge in gold imports. In April 2013, India imported a total gold of worth $7.5 bn. It was a sharp jump from $3.1 bn in March 2013. The total trade deficit of the country was amounting to a total of $17.8 bn in April 2013....
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