Basically, Securities markets provide a channel for allocation of savings by an individual or an organization to those who have a productive need for them. So, a security market can be said a location where the savers meet the real investors who need the fund. The savers and investors are constrained by the economy’s abilities to invest and save respectively which thus helps market in enhancing savings and investment in the economy. Stock Market is therefore affected by the dynamics of the economic, political, cultural and environmental activities within the country and rest of the world.

The securities markets in India have witnessed several policy initiatives, which has refined the market micro-structure, modernized operations and broadened investment choices for the investors.


Indian Share Market is the oldest Asian stock market incorporated in 1875. The name of the first share trading association in India was Native Share and Stock Broker's Association which later came to be known as Bombay Stock Exchange. This association started with 318 members.

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) is India’s latest exchange which commenced from June 30, 1994. The main objectives of the NSE are to provide speedy transactions, fast settlements and to benefit the small investors who find it difficult to sell shares at BSE.

The past decade has been quite remarkable for the Securities market in India with the boom in the economy fueled by better banking system. It has grown exponentially and the market has also witnessed fundamental institutional changes. There have also been significant improvements in efficiency, transparency and safety.


The rise in number of investors was also leading to an increase in malpractices on part of the companies, brokers, merchant bankers, investment consultants and various other agencies involved in new issues. This led to erosion of investor confidence. The Government and the stock exchanges were helpless as the existing legal framework was just not enough. Realizing this, Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) was constituted by the Government of India in April 1988.

The major functions of SEBI are:

? To promote fair dealings by the issuers of securities and ensure a market place where funds can be raised at relatively low costs.

? To provide protection to the investors and safeguard their rights and interests such that there is steady flow of savings into the market.

? To regulate and develop a code of conduct and fair practices by the intermediaries involved in the stock market.


Author: pravesh surana29 May 2009 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Dear Ravi,

Its a great overview given y you. Would definitely love to hear more from you.

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