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The National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) is the leading financial exchange in the country. The headquarters of NSE is located in Mumbai and was incorporated in the year 1992. NSE became the first dematerialized stock exchange of India and was also the first exchange in the country to provide a fully automated, modern screen-based electronic trading system offering easy trading services to the investors spread across the country.

History of NSE

After the outbreak of 1992 scam in which Harshad Mehta, the member of BSE was exposed to manipulate the market. The Government of India decided to establish NSE based on the recommendations made by the High Powered Study Group on establishing new Stock Exchanges in the country. The aim was to provide equal access to investors across the nation and ease out participation in the stock market.

NSE was incorporated in November 1992, as a tax-paying company with some major investors like State Bank of India, Life Insurance Corporation of India, IDFC Limited, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited, and IFCI Limited. NSE was recognized as a stock exchange company under the Security Contracts (Regulation) Act,1956 in 1993 and commenced its operations in Wholesale Debt Market in 1994. In the equity segment, operations began in late 1994, followed by the operations in the derivatives segment in June 2000.

It was the first stock exchange in the country where management, trading, and ownership were controlled by 3 independent sets of people. The ownership is with various banks and financial institutions, while the management is controlled by individual professionals, who are prohibited from trading in the exchange directly or indirectly.

NSE was incorporated as the latest stock market in which debt instruments and companies securities are traded to counter the influence of BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) and to minimize the influence of particular strong intermediaries in the stock market.

NSE uses screen-based trading with the most advanced technology. The success of the stock exchange is evident that within some years of the promotion, the value and volume of the transactions bettered the Bombay Stock Exchange. Moreover, the prices of securities prevailing in NSE has an influence on the securities traded prices in the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Major Indices of NSE

An index of the stock market is made by choosing a collection of key stocks that represent the entire market or a certain sector of it. Some of the essential broad market indices, comprising of liquid stocks listed in the NSE are:

  • Nifty 50
  • Nifty Next 50
  • Nifty 100
  • Nifty 500
  • Nifty Midcap 50
  • Nifty Smallcap 250
  • India Vix Index

NSE also consists of other indices like thematic strategy, fixed income indices, and sectoral indices. The major companies listed in NSE are Reliance, TCS, Infosys, HDFC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank, Larsen, SBI, and Axis Bank.

Nifty 50

Nifty 50 is the flagship index of the National Stock Exchange. It tracks the behavior of a portfolio of blue-chip companies, the most liquefied securities in India. The Index includes top 50 equity stocks from over 1600 listed on the NSE and it captures around 65% of the float-adjusted capitalizations. The index is regarded as a true reflection of the country’s stock market.

Nifty 50 covers 12 sectors of the economy including financial services, FMCG, Information technology, telecommunication, metal, automobile, cement, pharmaceutical, energy, entertainment and media, and other services. It offers exposure to the Indian market in one portfolio. Nifty 50 has been trading since 1996 and it is well suited for index funds, index-based derivatives. The index is owned and managed by India Index Services and Products Limited (IISL), a fully owned subsidiary of NSE Strategic Investment Corporation Limited.

How Nifty 50 is Calculated?

Nifty 50 is calculated using a float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted method, where the level of an index represents the aggregate market value of stocks in the index in a particular base period. This method also includes constituent changes in the index and corporate actions like rights issues, stock splits, etc. without affecting the value of the index.

The formula used for calculating the price index is:

Index value = Current Market Value / (Base Market Capital *1000)

The base capital is set to INR 2.06 trillion and base index value to 1000.

Features of NSE

NSE, like other stock exchanges, runs an order-driven market and not a quote-driven market. The completely advanced screen-based system of NSE is known as National Exchange for Automated Trading (NEAT). Here are some of the major features of NSE:

Confidential trading

The identity of the trading member is withheld by the National Stock Exchange. The orders and transactions are entered via the code numbers. Thus, trading member’s anonymity remains confidential with NSE.

Effective order matching

Sell and buy orders are rapidly and effectively matched using the trading software, which is selling and buying adjustments. The system also ensures the best prices for buying and selling of securities. The network system allows traders to find the best match for their order or network system to hold the order till the best match for sell or buy order is achieved.

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