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What kind of investor are you?

February 27, 2004 14:30 IST

In India, a democratic country that believes in freedom of speech, every Indian citizen has a view. And when it comes to stock markets, it is often very difficult to change the perception.

As someone rightly said, there is nothing called a long-term investor or a short-term investor, but there are informed investors and uninformed investors.

We believe that there is one more class, apart from this set of investors - the trader or punter or the sattawalla.

Can you spot YOU?


Informed Investor

Uninformed Investor


My view on…




Stock market is

An efficient platform



Equities are

Better investment avenue

Very risky

Fast money

Risk profile is


What is the risk?

Who cares?

Return expectations is


If it works, it works

Minimum 100%, in one month

Investment horizon is

3 to 5 years

Short-term works

Less than 1 day

Buying strategy

Regular investor

When market is close to peak

What strategy?

Fundamental analysis


Makes sense, but…

Who cares? What is the target price?

Company management

Extremely important


Does not matter

Technical analysis

Not my cup of tea

Seem to work at times

What is the target price?

Research Report is

A balanced scorecard

What is the target price?

What is the stop loss?

Stock price reflects

Growth prospects

Not so clear

Don't care

A broking firm is the one that

Does what I say

Knows in and out of markets

Gives tips

Media/Newspapers are

Used as updates

Experts in equities

Source for tips

Harshad Mehta/Ketan Parekh

Unlikely role models

Made money

The Gurus

Rumour mill

Doesn't get swayed

Easily swayed

Fast cash

Before investing a single penny in stocks, just identify 'Who am I'? The rest should not be difficult.

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