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The beleaguered PC industry has seen relief coming in from unexpected quarters. For the past two quarters, PC manufacturers have seen growth in demand from semi urban and rural areas. Has the IT revolution finally touched the heart of India? Quite possible.
The central vigilance commissioner, Mr. N. Vittal recently wrote about how Karnataka has managed to completely computerise its land records. Thanks to the success achieved in the Bhoomi project, 20 million records of rights, tenancy and certification (RTCs) are available from 177 Bhoomi kiosks across the state. And people are actually willing to pay Rs 15 for use of this service. This is 650% more than the Rs 2 charge for manual RTCs. What is more interesting is the fact that even mutation registrations (i.e. changes in records etc.) have shown a 50% growth post implementation of the system.
Private sector is doing its bit too. ITC has set up e-choupals that are combination of click and mortar. The company has not only created sites that carry relevant information and help transact but also set up information kiosks so that the farmers can actually access information. The objective is to help farmers enhance productivity and cut transaction costs by bringing buyers and sellers together. E-choupals have met with a certain degree of success and ITC is planning to increase the number of kiosks significantly.
The examples above highlight how information technology is making inroads into rural India. The reason for wide acceptability is once again, timely availability of required information. Considering the significance of information while investing in stock markets, IT can play a crucial role in the growth of retail participation. This can be by making the required information available to retail investors.
It works the other way around too. Using IT, investors can make much better investment decisions. Suppose an investor wants to invest in a company today at the click of a button, he or she can look up the financials of the most obscure of companies and recent announcements made by them at BSE's website, www.bseindia.com.
Many companies are being actively tracked by sites like ours, thus providing investors with not only the numbers but also an objective analysis of what the numbers mean. Some even go a step further; at least we do, by providing research reports with forward earnings. These reports generally have reasons for and against investing in a company. (Research reports)
It is a well-known fact that equities outperform other asset classes only over a significant period of time. Thus, while investing in equities it would be advisable to invest for the long term. But this investment has to be based on a significant amount of homework. Doing the homework has become a lot easier, considering the kind of information available on the Internet. A significant part of which is in the public domain (available free of cost). For those who are not used to financial jargons, it is going to take a little effort in the beginning but with a little persistence and patience investors can soon go beyond just the profit and loss statement. And of course we are always there to answer any of your queries. Please write into us irrespective of whether you are a client or not.
Times are changing. Even rural India is making use of the wealth of information and is benefiting immensely. As an investor, are you?
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