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Investments: get your sources right

Investment is a tough task these days with so many options and information present at different places. Therefore, investor should check from various sources before they invest. Arnav Pandya tells more...

india Updated: Jun 21, 2008 01:14 IST
Arnav Pandya

Investment is a tough task these days with so many options and information present at different places. Often it becomes confusing for investors as to which areas they should look at and which they should ignore in the process of making their decisions. There are quite a few things that the investor should check from various sources but the overall structure can be compressed into four major sections. This lays out the work needed from the investor.

Media

There are various publications in the country and these straddle across different areas ranging from newspapers to specific magazines to television channels. Each of them has specific information that can be used right from analysis to basic information about the area. This requires looking at the right places because several things can be known by concentrating on areas where the information is required. In case of investments, data as well as proper analysis of the data acquires importance and quite a bit of it is also obtained from the electronic media.

Websites

These are more interactive in nature because they let investors undertake some workings. This makes the process slightly more interesting for investors but the target of the entire activity is the same, which is to get some information and also some analysis about the investment and how investors can make proper use of this. Tracking existing investments is also possible here. In addition, several of the websites have a space where investors can make various calculations to help them know what to target and the manner in which this should be done.

Distribution agents

Another source where a lot of information as well as clarification are available is through the various distribution agents of the product. Since they are in the job of selling they have the necessary information available plus they can be used to answer some of the doubts or the queries that the person has with regard to the investment. This makes the process interactive and there is quite some bit of details that can be obtained through this route.

Documents

One of the best ways to find out the necessary information is by looking at several documents that make up the basis for a particular instrument. For example when it comes to mutual funds it is the offer document that will have various details or when it comes to an insurance scheme the policy will have the necessary features outlined. Most investors do not even look at these documents but they are a vital part of the entire investment process and they should actually be the first things to read for an investor.