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shares and investments - India

 
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Hello All!

Of late, I am longing to learn about the stocks and shares and investments and all. I want to start experimenting and trying my luck by putting in some money into the market and see if I can make some money.

The trouble is- myself or anyone in my relation does not know anything about stocks and investments. I want to start taking baby steps and learn about this and manage my money well.

Any ideas as to where I can start and which way I can head. Internet sites most of the times give foreign rules and basics.. or may be I dont a proper place to check out.

Thanks for your help in advance!

Regards,
Tina
 
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a good start is always the Wiki

Also check out the CBOT:
http://www.cbot.com/cbot/pub/page/0,3181,1169,00.html
http://www.cbot.com/cbot/pub/page/0,3181,1058,00.html
 
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You can start off online and I would also suggest you talk to a accountant or financial advisor (not relatives). Meet them for a 1 or 2 hrs, I believe it is worth it. just my 2 cents.
 
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I know nothing about the Indian market, and little about the U.S., but here are some general tips that i use.

You need to know what your goals are, and what your risk tolerance is. these may not exactly align. if your goal is to make enough money in a year to retire, but you are not willing to take big risks, you have a problem.

INVESTING generally means long term - you are going to stick the money in something and leave it there for YEARS untouched.

SPECULATING is when you put money somewhere with the expectation you will sell in soon for a quick profit.

speculating is much riskier, but can make you more money. investing is safer, but you (probably) won't make as much.

If you are investing, most of the research i've done points to an indexed mutual fund. this is a fund that is pegged to some index - in the U.S., we have the S&P 500, for example. There is no management needed, so there are now fees for it, and over any 20 year period, the market has gone up, so they are generally considered safe - but the return is usually low.
 
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Thank you all!

I have got the starting points for self learning.

Regards,
Tina
 
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