Equity market refers to the collection of markets and exchanges where regular activities of buying, selling, and issuance of shares of publicly-held companies take place. Such financial activities are conducted through a regulated framework: via institutionalized formal exchanges, over-the-counter marketplaces. In a nutshell, equity markets provide a secure and regulated environment where market participants can transact in shares and other eligible financial instruments with confidence with zero- to low-operational risk.
Equity markets are vital components of a free-market economy because they enable democratized access to trading and exchange of capital for investors of all kinds. It works as a platform through which savings and investments of individuals are channelized into productive investment proposals. In the long term, it helps in capital formation & economic growth for the country. In the short term, it allows for large capital movements and provides a reliable source of income to educated traders.
World Stock Market Performance
MSCI All Country World Index (IMI) with selected headlines from 2017
Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Index is not available for direct investment. Performance does not reflect the expenses associated with management of an actual portfolio.