Home >> Learning Section

Priyangshu Borthakur
View Profile

History of The Indian Stock Exchange:

From : Priyangshu Borthakur at 10:50 PM - Oct 12, 2009 ( )

INDIAN STOCK EXCHANGE. A few men, started one association under a banyan tree for trading some commodity/security in 1875 !! Who knew at that time that it would grow and would become NSE/BSE? Interesting?
Read some finest events and milestones of Indian Stock Exchange.

To study the history of the capital market in India we have to look back in eighteenth century when East India Company started security trading in India. Security trading in India was unorganised during that time. Until the end of nineteenth century, scene was same. Two chief trading centres were Calcutta and Bombay now known as Mumbai and Kolkata. (It has to be mentioned, if you do not want apologize later). Out of them Bombay was main trading port. During American civil war (1860), Bombay was at important centre where essential commodities were traded. Because of heavy supply those days prices of stocks enjoyed boom period. Probably, the first Indian stock exchange boom period. It lasted for almost 5 years. After those booming period Indian stock exchange faced the first bubble burst on July 1st 1965.
During that time trading in stock market was just a concept, a thought, an idea. It was limited to 12-15 brokers only. There market was situated under a banyan tree in front of the Town hall in Bombay. These brokers organised an association, of course informal in nature, in 1875. Name of the association was “Native Shares and Stock Broker Association”. Very few visionary could feel that it was starting of the great history
of Indian stock exchange. After 5 decades of the incidence, the Bombay stock exchange was recognized in May 1927 under the Bombay Security contracts Control Act, 1925. But still the exchange was not well organised as British Government was not willing to see India as rising nation.

After independence, 1st priority of Indian government was development of the agriculture sector and public sector undertakings. Public sector undertakings were healthier for sure but they were not listed in stock exchange. In first and second five year plan, capital market was not a goal for Indian government. Moreover, the controller of capital issues closely controlled many factors for new issues. It was one reason and big enough to de-motivate Indian corporate to stay away from the idea of going public.

In 1950s, some good companies listed in the exchange were brokers’ favourite. Some of them were Century Textile, Tata steel, Bombay dyeing, Kohinoor mills. They were favourite not because of any technical or fundamental reason. The brokers enjoyed trading in these scripts as it was operated by operators. Slowly the stock exchange was given one new name “Satta Bazaar”! But surprisingly, despite of speculation, defaults cases were very few. In 1956, the government passed the Securities Contract Act.

In 1960s, Indo China war happened. And it was starting of bearish phase in stock exchange. This bearish trend was aggravated by the ban in 1969 on forward trading and badla. Badla was technically contracts for clearing. Financial institutes helped to boost the sentiment by injecting liquidity in the market. In 1964, the first Indian mutual fund came in market, named the Unit Trust Of India.

In 1970s , badla trading was resumed again under another form of hand delivery contracts. But in 1974, 6th of July was the day when capital market got one bad news. Government introduced the Dividend Restriction Ordinance; this rule was restricting the payment of dividend by companies to 12 per cent of the face value or one-third of the profits of the companies that can be distributed. (Whichever was lower.)!! Stock market crashed again. Stocks went down by 20% and the market was closed for nearly a fortnight. The sentiment of stock market was same until the optimism came in market with when the MNCs were forced to dilute majority stocks in their company in favour of Indian public. Many MNCs left India. But 123 MNCs offered shares were lower than its intrinsic value. It was the first time Indian public had opportunity to invest in some of the finest MNCs. In 1977, Mr Dhirubhai Ambani knocked the door of Indian stock exchange and it was probably the turning point not only for Indian stock exchange but for Indian economy.

In 1980s, Indian stock exchange witnessed blasting growth period. Indian public discovered lucrative opportunities in stock exchange. It was the time when people who did not even now what is stock exchange, investing in the same. The growth doubled with the government liberalization process in mid 1980s. It was the time when convertible debentures and public sector bonds were popular in market. New stock market entries like Reliance and LNT re-defined Indian stock market scenario. Such factors enlarged volume in stock exchange. 1980s can be characterized by huge increase in the number of stock market, listed companies and market capitalisation.

The 1990s can be described as the most important decade in the history of Indian stock market. Everyone was talking about liberalisation and globalisation. The Capital Issue Act of 1947 was replaced in 1992. SEBI was emerged as a new regulator of the market. FII is coming to India and re-rating India as one of the most attractive market in world. Number of new stock exchanges was rising in county. Private sector mutual funds were welcome in market. Some very big scams of Indian scam history took place in 1990s. The impact of such incidence was very deep. Indian investors drove their money out of market for some years. Positive side , these scams opened Indian government eyes. New technology new systems were introduced in Indian stock exchange. The Bombay stock exchange had two new competitors in market. OTC was established in 1992 and NSE was established in 1994. The national security clearing corporation (NSCC) and National securities depository Limited (NSDL) were established in 1995 and 1996 respectively. In 1995—1996 Option trading service was started. Rolling settlement was introduced in India in early 1998. Number of participation in stock exchange was rising with new segments for trading, new products and new technology. 1990s is known as era of Indian IT companies too. Wipro, Infosys, Satyam were some of the favourite stocks. Telecom and Media sector also rising during the same time.

Indian market welcomed Y2K with scam of Ketan Parekh. After that scam Badla system was banned in Indian market and rolling settlement was introduced in all scripts. Future trading was started in June 2000. In February 2000, Internet trading was permitted, all these events changed picture of old stock market. In 2001, UTI suspension of sale and re-purchase of its famous scheme US-64. It created panic in market. One big incidence of VSNL disinvestment took place in February 2002. In 2003, the government took decision to privatize PSU banks and it was market buster again. In 2000s, FII money started coming in Indian market like never before. NSE volume crossed BSE volume during the same time. Global meltdown hit Indian market in late 2007 and throughout 2008. Big Satyam Scam was exposed in 2008 again and it hit investor’s spirit badly. Since 2nd quarter of 2009 we have been watching up move trend for market again, after positive election result in India. Investors are again coming in market.

It has been a long volatile journey for the Indian capital market. Now the capital market is organized, matured, fairly valued, nicely regulated and more global. The Indian market is one of the most attractive markets today which gives stable high rate of return compared to other countries. In terms of technology Indian equity market is one of the best in the world too. Computer and telecom sector advances and Internet is shattering geographic boundaries. Internet is giving wide range of investors and Internet is also used to provide better level of information. The best example, we can say because of Internet I am able to write this article and you are reading this article on this site.

If you like the article, do not forget to give your valuable comment for the same. Stay with us for more on Indian stock market.

Published on October 11, 2009 by mitul doshi in Investing


In Reply to above Message (1 to 1 out of 1) - Latest Replies are put on Top | First | << Previous | Next >> | Last |

From : Is Kakar at 11:02 PM - Oct 12, 2009 ( )

Nice Informative Article Pryiangshu ji ... please keep on sharing such articles


1 to 1 out of 1

Login to participate in discussion.

Home