Category Archives: Investments in India

5% TCS on Foreign Remittances from October 1, 2020

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From October 1, 2020, foreign remittance under LRS (Liberalized Remittance Scheme) or payment for any foreign tour package will attract TCS (Tax Collected on Source) @ 5%. When income tax department found that out of 5,026 selected cases of foreign remittance, … Continue reading

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Investing in Pension Plans in current situation? Beware and understand Why (or Why Not)

Taking benefit of low Bank FD interest and low/negative return on equity mutual funds, many insurance agents are marketing pension plan heavily for safe guaranteed return. However, they may not be a good investment for you on Risk Adjusted After … Continue reading

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Investing in Debt Mutual Fund in current situation? Beware and understand Why (or Why Not)

Taking benefit of low Bank FD interest and low/negative return on equity mutual funds, many MF agents are marketing medium/long duration funds for low risk investments. However, they may not be a good investment for you on Risk Adjusted Basis. … Continue reading

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Understanding Winding Up of Franklin’s 6 Debt Funds, its Impact and How to invest/ Redeem in Debt and Equity Mutual Fund

On April 23, late evening, Franklin India Mutual Fund shut down 6 debt mutual fund schemes. No financial transaction – Purchase, SIP, STP, SWP, or Redemption would be allowed after April 23, 2020 1:00 pm cut off time. These schemes … Continue reading

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Making sense of RBI Measures, analyze their effect and how to Plan Investments

On March 27, 2020, RBI introduced very important measures to combat adverse effect of covid-19 on the Indian economy. These measures are summarized, explained in simple terms and analyzed for its effect below. Overall effect of these measures on various … Continue reading

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Leveraged FD MAY be coming for NRIs – RBI Announces USD/INR Swaps

Extreme Risk Aversion due to Corona virus (COVID-19) has impacted all financial assets drastically with global market indices losing 30%+ in less than a month, gold touching Rs. 45,000 and emerging market currencies experiencing extreme pressure. Also in India, FIIs … Continue reading

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Sale Old Real Estate or Immovable Property before March 31, 2020 and Save Capital Gains Tax

If you are planning to sell an immovable property originally acquired before April 1, 2001, you may be better off if you sell the property on or before March 31, 2020. Budget 2020 introduced a new provision restricting fair market … Continue reading

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Budget 2020: Important Changes that Affect Investments and Taxation in India

Budget 2020 was introduced with an objective of “Ease of Living” with three prominent themes as Aspirational India, Economic Development and Caring Society with Good Governance and Robust Financial Sector. However, it may not result into ease of calculating and … Continue reading

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Budget 2020: Resident definition changed – NRI can be taxed as a Resident

The Finance Budget 2020-2021 came as a big surprise for NRIs as it changed the definition of a “Resident” in India. The Government noticed an individual managing his/her period of stay in India, so as to remain a non-resident in … Continue reading

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Managing Wealth: 5 Lessons to Learn from the VG Siddhartha’s Letter

Just a week ago, who wouldn’t want to be like Mr. V G Siddhartha?   Mr. VG Siddhartha was a catalyst business tycoon and founder of the most successful coffee chain in India (Café Cofee Day), an early investor of successful … Continue reading

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How to plan your investment in current scenario after Budget (No 2) 2019?

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Union Budget (No 2) 2019 takes us a step closer to achieving short term goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024. The biggest theme of the budget was Connectivity. In addition, it also addressed liquidity issues, relaxed investment … Continue reading

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Decoding Budget 2019 (No. 2) for NRIs: 11 important changes and their effect on NRI Investments and Taxation

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On July 5, the First full-time Female Finance Minister of India, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, presented the budget in the Parliament. While it may be a mixed bag for many, the one category it affect the most, and that too positively, … Continue reading

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RBI Monetary Policy Review and What it means for investors

RBI in its bi-monthly Monetary Policy Review meeting decided to change the policy stance from calibrated tightening to neutral and to reduce the repo rate from 6.5% to 6.25%. This was mainly due to 1. Slowdown in global economy, 2. Low inflation (just 2.2% in December with … Continue reading

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Decoding Budget 2019: The Hidden Opportunity for Smart Investors to Create Tremendous Wealth

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The interim budget 2019 included few indicators properly placed in the budget speech, if identified and analyzed properly, could become a great opportunity for smart investors to create tremendous wealth in long term. This blog tries to explain and analyze … Continue reading

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Budget 2018 Proposal related to 10% LTCG on equity, its effect and expectations of stock market until March 31, 2018

The Finance Bill 2018 proposes to tax the long term capital gain (LTCG) on equity shares and equity mutual funds subject to STT @ 10% exceeding Rs. 1,00,000 from April 1, 2018. The LTCG on equity has been exempt from … Continue reading

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Budget Analysis for Investors: How to Efficiently Plan your Investments NOW for Maximum Benefit

Budget 2017 has proposed many important changes related to investments. Efficient Planning of your equity, debt as well as real estate investment could materially affect the investment returns. I have analyzed the effect of major changes proposed in the budget … Continue reading

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Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 Currency notes No longer valid in India from November 9, 2016 – An Analysis

“From midnight of November 8, 2016, Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 will cease to be legal tender. These notes are just papers from tomorrow,” said Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. The announcement was made to combat black money, corruption, counterfeit currency … Continue reading

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Brexit and its effect on NRI Investments in India – An analysis

Understanding Brexit: Brexit means BRitain’s EXIT from the European Union (EU). EU is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. It has grown to become a “single market” making goods and people to move within EU very easy. … Continue reading

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