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Budget 2020

What are budget expectations on the personal taxation front? The government decision to cut corporate tax rates aggressively in Sep- 19; built huge investor expectations. With an economic slowdown, there is a sharp demand for more tax breaks. Here are five things the government can do in the current context to reduce personal taxes and…

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Budget 2020

What are budget expectations on the personal taxation front? The government decision to cut corporate tax rates aggressively in Sep- 19; built huge investor expectations. With an economic slowdown, there is a sharp demand for more tax breaks. Here are five things the government can do in the current context to reduce personal taxes and…

Budget 2020

What are the budget expectations for the equity markets? As a crucial Budget 2020 approaches, the focus of attention is back on the capital markets in general and the equity markets in particular. Equity markets are built on hope and hence the hope is always for a market friendly budget. Specifically, markets will look for…

Iran Effect

Indian markets may be underestimating the Iran effect The drone attack that killed Soleimani, a senior military official of Iran may have much larger repercussions than is being currently envisaged. In the fractured Middle East, this may appear to be a normal event but it is the first time that the American drones have directly…

Intraday Trading

Will the new SEBI margin rules hit intraday trading in India? The recent restrictions imposed by SEBI on leverage in equity and F&O is likely to be a dampener for volumes on the intraday trading front. But in the longer run, it may actually end up beneficial to the markets. Big intraday question In the…

Tata vs Mistry

Both the Tatas and Mistry families would gain from a settlement With Tata group choosing to approach the Supreme Court over the NCLAT order, the case is likely to drag on much longer than anticipated. What exactly are the contours of the issue and what looks like the road ahead for this ongoing battle between…

Investment Advisors

New SEBI regulations may not be great news for RIAs Over the last few years, SEBI has been quite perturbed by the breed of advisors who literally survive on giving hot tips to the financial market customers. Most small investors tend to believe these tips as they are easy to understand and simple to execute.…

Penalizing CRAs

Rating agencies lack information but they need to be accountable Last week, SEBI penalized ICRA and CARE Rs.25 lakhs each for laxity in due diligence in the IL&FS case. Some of the proxy advisories were of the view that the penalty was too small considering the magnitude of the default by IL&FS. But that is…

SEBI bans pooling

Mutual fund distribution may undergo a shift as pooling is moving out Last week, SEBI announced potentially far-reaching changes in the way mutual funds are distributed in India. A full 7 years after Direct Plans were launched in India; regular plans of mutual funds continue to dominate the wallet share of customers. In a direct…