union budget

promoter holding

Reduction in promoter holding- much ado about nothing

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in the latest Union Budget, proposed to reduce the promoter holding of listed shares from the current 75% to 65%. SEBI is likely to examine the same. However, it is only a proposal for now. Even if implemented it is likely to be over a few years’ time & unlikely to …

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budget 2019

Budget 2019 wish list: Spur growth

This being the first union budget under the new government & given the fiscal situation in India we are unlikely to see any major tax cuts or sops being given. The budget must clearly focus on giving the flagging economy a stimulus and increasing government spending. The new government must focus on reducing tax disputes, …

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Stock market update

Stock market update: Second Term Calling…

The NDA led by the BJP came back to power for the second term on 23rd May 2019, this time with a bigger mandate as the BJP on its own won in excess of 300 seats. NIFTY touched an all-time high of 12,103 while SENSEX touched a high of 40,312. Both the NIFTY & SEXSEX …

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cautiously optimistic 2019

Remain cautiously optimistic in 2019

Positive profit growth outlook, steady mutual fund flows, reasonable valuations & macro-economic indicators remaining stable augurs well for the markets. Short term investors should remain cautious as markets could be extremely volatile in the next couple of months but any intermittent volatility should be used as an opportunity by patient investors with medium to long term outlook to accumulate good quality stocks.

Union Budget

Union Budget 2019 expectations

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is all set to present the sixth union budget on 1st February 2019. Given that the general elections are due in a couple of months, the budget will be interim budget and not a full budget. However, keeping decisions like demonetization and GST in mind, a few surprises can be on …

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markets

Crash course of overheated markets

As we draw close to the current financial year, markets have corrected ~10% from recent all-time high NIFTY of 11,171 touched on 29th January 2018. The markets & especially mid & small-caps were overvalued & some price rationalization is happening. The increasing trend in 10 year g-sec rates in both India & the USA are …

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budget 2018

Stocks to watch out for in budget-2018

The budget to be presented on 1st February 2018 will be unique in some aspects. With GST in place most parts of indirect taxation (other than customs, O&G sector etc.) is likely to stay outside the purview of the budget. Indirect tax impact on various industries & products has always been the talking point in …

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LTCG

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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income tax

Budget 2018-19 expectations – income tax

The upcoming Union Budget to be presented on 1st February 2018 will be the last regular budget of the NDA government before the general elections in 2019. Thus I expect this to be a populist budget and the middle class can hope for a big income tax relief. We expect the government to hike the …

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