Capital Markets

Capital Markets In India

The capital market provides the support to the system of capitalism of the country. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), along with the Reserve Bank of India are the two regulatory authority for Indian securities market, to protect investors and improve the microstructure of capital markets in India. With the increased application of information technology, the trading platforms of stock exchanges are accessible from anywhere in the country through their trading terminals.

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Capital Markets In India

India has a fair share of the world economy and hence the capital markets or the share markets of India form a considerable portion of the world economy. The capital market is vital to the financial system.

The capital Markets are of two main types. The Primary markets and the secondary markets. In a primary market, companies, governments or public sector institutions can raise funds through bond issues. Alos, Corporations can sell new stock through an initial public offering (IPO) and raise money through that. Thus in the primary market, the party directly buys shares of a company. The process of selling new shares to investors is called underwriting.

In the Secondary Markets, the stocks, shares, and bonds etc. are bought and sold by the customers. Examples of the secondary capital markets include the stock exchanges like NSE, BSE etc. In these markets, using the technology of the current time, the shares, and bonds etc. are sold and purchased by parties or people.

Broad Constituents in the Indian Capital Markets

Fund Raisers

Fund Raisers are companies that raise funds from domestic and foreign sources, both public and private. The following sources help companies raise funds.

Fund Providers

Fund Providers are the entities that invest in the capital markets. These can be categorized as domestic and foreign investors, institutional and retail investors. The list includes subscribers to primary market issues, investors who buy in the secondary market, traders, speculators, FIIs/ sub-accounts, mutual funds, venture capital funds, NRIs, ADR/GDR investors, etc.


Intermediaries are service providers in the market, including stock brokers, sub-brokers, financiers, merchant bankers, underwriters, depository participants, registrar and transfer agents, FIIs/ sub-accounts, mutual Funds, venture capital funds, portfolio managers, custodians, etc.


Organizations include various entities such as MCX-SX, BSE, NSE, other regional stock exchanges, and the two depositories National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) and Central Securities Depository Limited (CSDL).

Market Regulators

Capital Markets In India

Market Regulators include the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and the Department of Company Affairs (DCA).

Role And Importance Of Capital Market In India

The capital market has a crucial significance to capital formation. For a speedy economic development, the adequate capital formation is necessary. The significance of capital market in economic development is explained below:

Mobilization Of Savings And Acceleration Of Capital Formation:

In developing countries like India, the importance of capital market is self-evident. In this market, various types of securities help to mobilize savings from various sectors of the population. The twin features of reasonable return and liquidity in stock exchange are definite incentives to the people to invest in securities. This accelerates the capital formation in the country.

Raising Long-Term Capital

The existence of a stock exchange enables companies to raise permanent capital. The investors cannot commit their funds for a permanent period but companies require funds permanently. The stock exchange resolves this dash of interests by offering an opportunity to investors to buy or sell their securities, while permanent capital with the company remains unaffected.

Promotion Of Industrial Growth

The stock exchange is a central market through which resources are transferred to the industrial sector of the economy. The existence of such an institution encourages people to invest in productive channels. Thus it stimulates industrial growth and economic development of the country by mobilizing funds for investment in the corporate securities.

Ready And Continuous Market

The stock exchange provides a central convenient place where buyers and sellers can easily purchase and sell securities. Easy marketability makes an investment in securities more liquid as compared to other assets.

Technical Assistance

An important shortage faced by entrepreneurs in developing countries is technical assistance. By offering advisory services relating to the preparation of feasibility reports, identifying growth potential and training entrepreneurs in project management, the financial intermediaries in capital market play an important role.

Reliable Guide To Performance

The capital market serves as a reliable guide to the performance and financial position of corporate, and thereby promotes efficiency.

Proper Channelization Of Funds

The prevailing market price of a security and relative yield are the guiding factors for the people to channelize their funds in a particular company. This ensures effective utilization of funds in the public interest.

Provision Of Variety Of Services:

The financial institutions functioning in the capital market provide a variety of services such as a grant of long-term and medium-term loans to entrepreneurs, provision of underwriting facilities, assistance in the promotion of companies, participation in equity capital, giving expert advice etc.

Development Of Backward Areas

Capital Markets provide funds for projects in backward areas. This facilitates economic development of backward areas. Long-term funds are also provided for development projects in backward and rural areas.

Foreign Capital

Capital markets make possible to generate foreign capital. Indian firms are able to generate capital funds from overseas markets by way of bonds and other securities. The government has liberalized Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country. This not only brings in the foreign capital but also foreign technology which is important for economic development of the country.

Easy Liquidity

With the help of secondary market, investors can sell off their holdings and convert them into liquid cash. Commercial banks also allow investors to withdraw their deposits, as and when they are in need of funds.

Practice Questions

Q 1: With reference to the capital markets of India, pick the incorrect statement from the following:

A) Capital markets make possible to generate foreign capital.

B) Capital Markets provide funds for projects in backward areas.

C) The existence of a stock exchange enables companies to raise permanent capital.

D) Intermediaries include various entities such as MCX-SX, BSE, NSE, other regional stock exchanges.

Ans: D) Intermediaries include various entities such as MCX-SX, BSE, NSE, other regional stock exchanges.

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