Recently, we interacted with Ms. V.L.A. Ambala, founder of Stock Market Today – a SEBI-registered financial advisory platform, providing technical analysis created to provide unbiased stock/share market technical trading tips or trading analysis.
Here are the interview highlights:
1. Please briefly describe Stock Market Today and The Founder of the platform.
Stock Market Today is essentially an Indian stock market research and mentorship platform, headquartered in Nagpur, Maharashtra. My husband, Mr. Ashish N. Ambala, and I co-founded the research services and mentorship platform in 2018. With a decade of experience working for large corporations and brokerage firms, I noticed a gap between trading concepts being taught to stock market traders and their practical application in trading. This drove us to establish the platform and launch Stock Market Today’s Mentorship Program to help fill the knowledge gap. Through the platform, we extend research services, mentorship, and consultancy services to individuals who have a keen interest in stock market trading, offering them valuable market insights. Over the years, we have empowered thousands of stock market enthusiasts to take charge of their trading activities and make profitable decisions.
2. What is your perspective on the impact of economic and geopolitical events on stock market movements?
Economic and geopolitical events continue to impact the stock market movements significantly. While positive economic indicators such as high GDP, low unemployment rate, low-interest rate, and rising consumer confidence can prompt a surge in stock prices, negative indicators can trigger a sharp price decline. Notably, the stock market can handle anything coming its way but war. Heightened geopolitical tensions like the Israel-Palestine conflict and the ongoing Russia and Ukraine war may worsen financial market volatility and disrupt the global supply chain, inducing delays in investment and, in turn, affecting macroeconomic outcomes. This is because war triggers panic in the market, which exposes short-term traders to intense market volatility. However, the volatility is no longer limited to the stock market and is felt across the currency and commodity markets as well. Investors should be patient in their approach and analyze the potential of their trading and investment choices to weather the impending downturns.
3. How does your platform handle market volatility, and what precautions do you advise during turbulent times?
Our platform has been helping stock market traders understand the prevailing concepts and actual reasons behind every market movement. In addition, our mentorship program empowers traders and mentees to analyze market volatility and navigate the undercurrents smartly.
In turbulent times, I recommend investors with a long-term approach to invest their capital in the market in parts. As for traders who wish to make the most of lucrative opportunities in such times, they must analyze the scope of stock units and their record in cushioning volatility to tide over the market shifts caused by geopolitical and economic factors. I’d suggest traders become versed in stock research, learn market charting, and track trading performances to navigate similar situations with more confidence.
4. Can you discuss any particular sectors or industries that you believe hold significant potential for investment in the current market conditions?
The renewable energy sector currently holds notable potential for investment. This is because the entire world is trying to focus on reducing carbon emissions and achieving sustainability, in turn driving demand for alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower. In addition, the government and businesses are proactively investing in renewable energy infrastructure and technology, which could drive significant growth in the sector.
The current market condition is under gloom triggered by various external factors creating a pessimistic trend in stock market trading. For instance, recent concerns about the geopolitical conflict in the Middle East and soaring yields of US bonds influence the investors’ temperament and Nifty and Sensex performance. However, so far, small stocks have managed to perform well, unlike large stocks. Regardless, it is prudent for investors to closely monitor all these conditions and analyze them before investing in the short term.
5. What is the track record and success rate of your platform’s stock trading recommendations, and how is this data communicated to subscribers?
We are SEBI-registered RA, and we proactively provide recommendations in equity and F&O segments. Notably, we post our trade results on our respective Telegram channels daily. In addition, we publish a consolidated report at the end of every month on our website. So far, it has been good, with equity ranging from 70% to 80% in different months (in the past year). Meanwhile, in “Futures” we have observed the same above 80% in the past 4 months. In Options (Index), it ranges from 75% to 85% for the recent year.
6. What’s your current assessment of the technology sector and its growth potential in the near future?
In today’s era, data is the new fuel. In the current scenario, a copious amount of data is being shared, processed, or analyzed using information technology. We are living in an Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things world, which means we simply cannot imagine a life without IT now. Today, IT is not limited to individual usage anymore. In fact, it’s being used by every sector and industry to make the most of its benefits. At present, the IT sector is trading at nearly a 25% discount from its all-time highs, and in the upcoming 9 to 30 months, I see a tremendous growth of around 20% to 50% from this current level.
7. What role do macroeconomic data, such as interest rates and inflation, play in your tech stock analysis?
Macroeconomic data, particularly interest rates, and prevailing inflation, play an indispensable role in tech stock analysis. These key macroeconomic forces can influence the country’s economy, which impacts investors’ faith in the stock market. For instance, a high inflation rate can lower consumer spending and overall demand for technology products. This will directly hamper the sales of tech companies, affecting their revenue and wavering investors’ confidence in their stocks. Similarly, changes in prevailing interest rates affect borrowing experience and investment decisions. This often limits companies from tapping into their full potential and profitability, which is not necessarily appealing for individuals looking for aggressive growth in their portfolios. So, I recommend traders and investors keep track of macroeconomic data to understand the market temperament and invest in tech stocks and stocks of other sectors accordingly.
8. Please share what are your future goals
Being a market participant as a SEBI registered Research Analyst, we are aiming to provide high-potential recommendations in the stock market (in Equity, Index, and Commodity). We want to spread the message among traders and investors who do not have realistic expectations in the market that they should treat trading as a “high-end business and get rid of their “gambling mindset.” At present, we have over 1,30,000 subscribers on our telegram and around 96,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel. We intend to reach a minimum of 1 million traders and mentees through our channel by 2024 to provide practical, realistic, and worthy information only. Through research-based provisions of market research, charting, and mentorship, we aim to contribute to the growth of our platform and add value to the trading community.