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Financial Discipline for all.

Millions of people fall prey to financial frauds;millions suffer from financial imbalance despite earning good money;even billioners have committed suicide due to financial problems- The root cause of all this is failure in handling their money in an informed manner. People from all walks of life face this problem of financial indiscipline.In the following articles,we detail the basics one must follow while handling their money in order to stay safe and have peace of mind. Some are concepts, while others are practical tips.

Shares & Stock Markets

In this section, know more about shares, stock markets and market indexes. The term ‘stock market’ appears in the news every day. What is a share? What is a stock market? Why do we need a stock market? Where does the stock come from to begin with, and why do people want to buy and sell it? What is a market index? What is Sensex? How is index constructed? If you have questions like these, then, the following articles will open your eyes to a whole new world.

Introduction to Financial Statements

Whether you watch analysts on Television or read articles in financial magazines and newspapers, you’ll see lot of financial jargons being used by them, which makes it difficult and confusing for you to understand what they actually tell. If you already have an understanding about what balance sheet and income statements are, then this tutorial will help you to get a better grasp on the whole subject. If you are totally new to the field, don’t worry at all since these lessons are written from the angle of a stock market investor and it’s meant teach you the important factors that make or break an investment decision.

Financial ratios.

As mentioned in the first chapter the first step to become a smart investor is to learn the basics. Any investor interested in stock analysis should be able to calculate financial ratios. The basic source of these ratios is the company’s profit & loss account and balance sheet that contain all kinds of important information about that company. The ratios really help to bring those details to light and identify the financial strengths and weaknesses of the company. When assessing ratios, it is important that the results are compared with other companies in the same industry and not to be taken in isolation. What may seem like a poor ratio at first glance may well be normal for that industry and, of course, the reverse applies, in that what may seem a good ratio on its own, could be below average for that industry. This session lists out the formulas and relevance of ratios used in stock valuation.

Stock investing strategies

There is no one way to pick stocks. Every stock investing strategy is nothing more than an application of a theory – a “best guess” of how to invest. And sometimes two seemingly opposed theories can be successful at the same time. Perhaps just as important as considering theory, is determining how well an investment strategy fits your personal outlook, time frame, risk tolerance and the amount of time you want to devote to investing and picking stocks. To have your own stock investing strategy is very very important. This chapter takes you through the various stock investing strategies followed by investors.

Technical Analysis I

If value analysis was all about fundementals, technical analysis takes a completely different approach. It doesn’t care about the ‘value’ of a company. The only concern in this approach is the price movement and volume. It is important that you learn the language of technical analysis because, many share market analysts combine fundamentals and technicals when they speak. This series of articles will help you to be familiar with technical analysis terms. Read on.

Technical analysis II

The second part of our technical analysis series in which we will look in detail at certain technical indicators and oscillators and about how to use them effectively. There are hundreds of indicators in use today, with new indicators being created every week. Even with the introduction of hundreds of new indicators, only a select few really offer a different perspective and are worthy of attention. Strangely enough, the indicators that usually merit the most attention are those that have been around the longest time and have stood the test of time.

Make your debut !!

Now you know about stock and stock markets, about technicals and fundamentals, about de-mat accounts. What we have discussed above are only the basics.See for yourself if you have some grip on your trading platform- how to transfer money, how to buy and sell in live market etc.. The following lessons would give you more tips. The real process of investments starts only once you master the techniques of valuation and portfolio management. There’s a long way to go…

Valuation of shares

Valuation is all about knowing what a stock is actually worth. Knowing the actual worth of a stock is a pre-requisite for making smart investments. By going through these series of simple articles , a beginner should be able to learn the basic concepts and also some practical methods to pick stocks at reasonable prices. It’s written in a language that anyone can understand. It helps you to decide whether a recommendation given by your broker is valid or not.

Futures and Options – The basics.

The world of high finance is all about risk; infact, it’s all about taking calculated risks. So far all what we discussed was about buying shares with the money you intend to invest-on the spot. Since the whole deal is done with pure cash, It’s also called ‘cash segment’. But that’s one part of stock markets. If you have the heart to take calculated risks, then section is for you ..