Aug agony cost investors Rs1.13 cr every second

It was also the worst month for investors since January 2011, when the average loss per second of trade was about Rs 1.5 crore.

The benchmark index lost over 1,500 points in the entire month, while the investor wealth plummeted by Rs 5,55,650 crore — the biggest monthly loss since January 2011 when the market had lost little over Rs 7,00,000 crore.

There were 21 trading days during August, with each day having 23,400 seconds of trade. This puts the average loss for every second at Rs 1.13 crore for the month.

The losses would have been much higher, but for a sharp rebound in the last two days of trading, when the market rose by over 5 per cent with an over 800-point rise in the Sensex and about Rs 3 lakh crore gain in investor wealth.

The average loss for one day was about Rs 26,500 crore. This includes losses for all the investor classes — promoters as well as public shareholders of over 4,000 actively traded companies in the stock market.

This is based on decline in the value of all listed stocks, which fell to Rs 60,61,625 crore at the end of August.

Adding to the investors’ agony, August proved to be the fourth consecutive month of monthly losses.

The markets also recorded losses in July (Rs 1,13,673 crore), June (Rs 921 crore) and May (Rs 1,76,220 crore) — taking the total four-month loss to Rs 8,50,000 crore.

Prior to this, investors had gained about Rs 550,000 crore in two months (March and April), but lost Rs 9,50,000 crore in the year’s first two months, January and February.
The losses in recent months have been mainly due to heavy fund outflows in the wake of global economic uncertainties.

The total losses this year so far stand at about Rs 12,50,000 crore. Interestingly, the stock market had recorded a total gain of about Rs 12,00,000 crore during entire 2010.
So far, the highest-ever monthly loss has been recorded in January 2008, when investors lost about Rs 13,74,000 crore after the markets started falling from its all-time high of Sensex at 21,206.77 points.

The losses exceeded Rs 10 lakh crore in October and June months of 2008 as well, while March and September that year had seen losses of about Rs 7.5 lakh crore and Rs 6 lakh crore, respectively.

This makes August, 2011 the seventh biggest monthly loss so far. In the total loss of about Rs 5.55 lakh crore in August, the promoters’ share is estimated at about 60 per cent, while the remaining includes all other investor classes such as retail investors, HNIs, mutual funds, FIIs, insurers, etc.

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