Free PDF download – beginners guide to investing in the stock market

In going through the Suggest a Topic comments I came across Chintak Dholakia‘s comment and it reminded me of a similar comment when the market began rising a few months ago.

Here is his comment:

Chintak Dholakia January 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm [edit]


I have one request. Can you please guide as in how to start buying shares? What is the process? I am completely new to this field and i did’nt find any information about it. How to invest,what is the process, what are per-requisites i would require to buy shares. Take some example and explain, as in i have balance of say Rs.50000 to invest in shares, how should i go? how much should i invest in safe deposits, how much in share?

Kindly guide.

Chintak Dholakia
Newbie,unguided Share market enthusiast!


I’m sure a lot of people feel this way every time the market goes up, and I had written a series of blogposts about this earlier titled how should beginners approach investing in the stock market that addressed part of the question about stock market investing and buying shares. I was initially going to point Chintan to that series but then I thought it is a better idea to create a small eBook out of those posts, and keep adding content to it along the way.

I feel that this is a better way to deal with topics that are always of interest and gives a lot of opportunity to expand on the topic at a later date. I’m pasting the table of contents here for you to see if this will be of value to you, and if you do find use for it then I hope you forward it to friends and family who might be interested in it as well.

  • Three Stages of an Investor
  • The Implicit Assumption
  • What is the nature of a share?
  • How to execute based on this knowledge?
  • Instruments that help execute this
  • Parting words

As always, any feedback you may have is greatly appreciated, and you can download the book here:

How should beginners approach investing in the stock market?

65 thoughts on “Free PDF download – beginners guide to investing in the stock market

  1. Hi Manshu,

    Since this is intended for newbies, maybe you could include ‘how a share price is calculated’ post to it as well – just a suggestion for your next version.


  2. Oh my god manshu.. thanks a lot for this.. really thanks 🙂 I have requested such things in comments and generally it is being ignored. thanks for taking interest and helping me with this.

    1. It is a bit hard to do and I guess that’s why I haven’t responded to you earlier. If you have any questions then leave a comment here and I’ll respond.

      1. Hai Manshu
        I am interesting about share/stock market.I want full details for how to start and how to make invest etc., please give reply to me.
        Thank you.

  3. Hi Manshu,

    I am a newbie in the stocks and shares world and scouting around for information to get a good hang of the basics. I stumbled on your blog and found it to be informative.

    Just out of curiosity, are there any recommended short term courses which one can pursue to understand technical analysis ? I don’t have a finance background and don’t want to learn by burning my hard earned money in the market. 🙂 .


    1. Hi Smita,

      I’m not very fond of technical analysis, and have never tried my hand at it so I won’t be able to give you any recommendations about it. Have a good weekend!


  4. Hi Manshu,

    i have the same comment for Mutual fund.
    I can understand share market investment verywell.

    but i found Mutual fund investment is complex to undestand.

    can u plz share some articles to understand how mutual fund works and how to invest.


  5. please give mi the calculation of any company for eg. which value select in current asset liabilities,how are u calculated the EPs,roe,book value, net worth value…. so many value please give mi example in ashok layland all detail values.

  6. Hi Manchu,
    Totally new to the Stock market.
    Could you please send me links to
    the free PDF books/guides. Really interested
    in learning and start investing in Stocks.

    Thank you


  7. I was more than happy to uncover this site. I need
    to to thank you for ones time just for this wonderful read!!
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