The Stock Market refers to the collection of markets and exchanges where the issuing and trading of equities or stocks of publicly held companies, bonds, and other classes of securities take place.

Following are the main participants of a stock market:-

Regulator –

A Regulator or regulatory authority amends and approves different laws, makes sure that no broker/company is indulged in fraudulent activities.

SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) is basically a regulator of the Indian Stock Market. Also SEBI is known as India’s most strict and efficient regulatory body.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India is the regulator for the securities market in India. It was established in the year 1988 and given statutory powers on 30 January 1992 through the SEBI Act, 1992.

Brokers –

Stock brokers are licensed by the SEBI and are entitled to trade at the stock exchange. They act as the middlemen or agents between the sellers and the buyers of stocks in the stock market.

Brokers & dealers charge a fee to handle trades between the buyers and sellers of securities. A broker-dealer may buy securities from their customer who is selling or sell from their own inventory to its customer who is buying. Here are top 10 Brokers in India by number of clients in NSE –

ICICI SECURITIES LTD
HDFC SECURITIES LTD
ZERODHA
SHAREKHAN LTD
AXIS SECURITIES LTD
KOTAK SECURITIES LTD
ANGEL BROKING PVT LTD
MOTILAL OSWAL SECURITIES LTD
KARVY STOCK BROKING LTD
INDIA INFOLINE LTD

Stock Exchanges –

A stock exchange is an organized marketplace or facility that brings buyers and sellers together and facilitates the sale and purchase of stocks.

Stock/Securities exchanges are markets where securities are bought and sold. It makes sure that trading transactions are done in an efficient, orderly, fair, and transparent manner. It enforces rules and regulations that its publicly listed companies and trading participants must strictly abide by.

Most of the trading in the Indian stock market takes place on its two stock exchanges: the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange (NSE). The BSE has been in existence since 1875. The NSE, on the other hand, was founded in 1992 and started trading in 1994. However, both exchanges follow the same trading mechanism, trading hours, settlement process, etc.

Investors –

Investors, also referred to as stockholders or shareholders, are those who own shares of stock of a publicly listed company. They are given certain privileges like the right to fair and equal treatment, the right to vote and exercise related rights, and the right to receive dividends and other benefits due to stockholders. They are classified as either retail or institutional, and domestic or foreign.

Investors are regular people who buy/sell shares of different companies. An investor is a person who buys shares and keeps them for long term (i.e. >1 year). A trader is the one who buys and keeps the shares for short term (i.e. <1 year). Normal people who invest in the stock markets are called Retail Investors, whereas when banks or big fund companies invest they are called Institutional Investors.

Stock Market Participants

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