Skip to main content

Nifty Crash 2012

The country's leading stock exchange NSE was halted for a few minutes due to a crash of 1000 points in the S&P CNX Nifty, hitting a low of 4888 intra-day. Many of the Nifty stocks were down anywhere between 15-20%. As per NSE India website the circuit breaker rules (upper circuit and lower circuit) are as follows:
Index-based Market-wide Circuit Breakers:
The index-based market-wide circuit breaker system applies at 3 stages of the index movement, either way viz. at 10%, 15% and 20%.In case of a 20% movement of the index, trading shall be halted for the remainder of the day.
Since the index showed a downward movement of about 20%, the nse was closed and rightly so. But surprisingly, the exchange was re-opened in few minutes, citing reasons of erroneous trades by one of the broker for about 650cr.

From the following table you can check out the lows of index and other nifty stocks below: There were many stocks in the nifty down as much as 15-20% , all were actual trades done during normal market hours and no freak trades which would happen in small-cap or penny stocks.

masterandstudent-nifty


Such a crash had happened in nifty futures a few months ago, for which the reason attributed was algo trading, but this one was a manual execution of orders. Considering market at these higher levels, big selling could be anticipated, if not such a big one. Traders should be aware of such events and get themselves protected using proper risk management systems. Had the markets been frozen, it would have been a black swan event and if you wonder what's this black swan is all about, you can read about it here at Black Swan Theory.


Popular posts from this blog

NSE Trading Holidays 2024

 Trading holidays for the calendar year 2024. The National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) has notified trading holidays for the calendar year 2024 as below: Muhurat Trading:  Timings of Muhurat Trading shall be notified subsequently. 

Historical Sensex Returns Updated - 2024

Historically Sensex has given returns of about 15% per year, despite volatility and price fluctuations of about -20% to +60%. The following table shows S&P BSE Sensex historical data - start  & close values and the yearly returns of the sensex from 2000 to 2024. So far during the year the   index has hit an all-time high of  75,124   and despite markets hitting all time highs not all stocks make all-time highs. There are many stocks still below their highs. Stocks like HDFC Bank, ITC, Asian paints are still well below their highs and some of them have given low returns over last 3-5 years. Individual or Retail investors can achieve consistent returns through investing via mutual funds , whether it be active or passive. Chasing returns from individual stocks is futile. Be a wise investor !