Saturday, October 10, 2009

Why we should invest in Shares?

Let's see what are the benefits of Investing in Equity
  • Capital Gains
    This is when a share's selling price exceeds its initial purchase price. If the selling price falls beyond the purchase price, you would make a capital loss. Capital Gains are free of tax.
  • Dividends
    A company may decide to payout a portion of its earnings to shareholders. But companies are not required to pay dividends.
  • Rights Issues
    The company may extend this privilege to existing shareholders to buy shares at a specified and usually discounted price, usually in proportion to the number of shares already owned.
  • Distribution by the company
    Shares shall be offered to the holders of existing shares in a manner which would, if the offer was accepted, maintain the relative voting and distribution rights of those shareholders.
  • Liquidity
    Shares quoted on a stock market are generally liquid. Therefore, they can be sold easily and you can get your money back in a few days.
  • Higher Returns
    In the longer term, shares have ensured a higher return to investors.
  • Hedge against inflationShares are a good investment in an inflationary environment, since share prices increase to protect investors from the effects of inflation.

  • Collateral
    You may also use your shares as collateral against loan facilities to banks.

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