Fears of fresh escalation in Syria’s war coupled with compliance with a pledge by the OPEC cartel and Russia to limit production are pushing up global crude prices. Crude reserves have declined substantially on increased demand but there has not been any corresponding increase in supply. There are talks of Saudi Aramco, the leading crude …

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Budget 2018-19 expectations- LTCG on equity investments

Every year the issue of taxing long term capital gains (LTCG) on equities comes up before the budget. The government buckles and retains this tax exemption leading to a post budget stock market rally. Currently, if you purchase any shares through a stock exchange you have to pay securities transactions tax (STT). Collections from STT …

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