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MFs, alternative investment funds may come under ambit of new tax norms

MFs, alternative investment funds may come under ambit of new tax norms

Rediff.com2 days ago

The Finance Act, 2020, has inserted a sub-section, mandating a seller to deduct tax equal to 0.1 per cent of sale proceeds if the value of goods sold exceeds Rs 50 lakh in a financial year.

Large companies to grow larger amid Covid-19 pandemic, says BNP Paribas

Large companies to grow larger amid Covid-19 pandemic, says BNP Paribas

Rediff.com13 Oct 2020

Despite taking a hit on profitability amid the pandemic, companies with strong balance sheets are gaining market share because of consolidation in their respective sectors.

India-focused funds may soon get fast approval from Mauritius

India-focused funds may soon get fast approval from Mauritius

Rediff.com7 Oct 2020

Market observers also said the approvals depended a lot on the funds themselves, and the extent to which they followed the new norms introduced last year.

Sebi plans stress tests, liquid holdings for debt MFs

Sebi plans stress tests, liquid holdings for debt MFs

Rediff.com23 Sep 2020

This is aimed at improving liquidity in all schemes and would help them to meet sudden redemption pressures, said Sebi chairman Ajay Tyagi.

Family-owned companies weathering Covid-19 pandemic storm better

Family-owned companies weathering Covid-19 pandemic storm better

Rediff.com10 Sep 2020

Such businesses outperform non-family firms by 3% in first six months of CY20, says Credit Suisse report.

FPI numbers plunge in Q1 as Covid-19 hits market sentiment

FPI numbers plunge in Q1 as Covid-19 hits market sentiment

Rediff.com18 Jul 2020

According to experts, work from home, volatility in stock markets worldwide, and redemption pressures compelled investors to defer new investment plans.

Mutual fund investors to pay stamp duty from July 1

Mutual fund investors to pay stamp duty from July 1

Rediff.com1 Jul 2020

Investors who issued units in liquid and overnight funds, as well as those with a short-term holding of less than 30 days, are likely to be impacted the most, say experts.

Mauritius' plans to exit 'grey list' hits COVID roadblock

Mauritius' plans to exit 'grey list' hits COVID roadblock

Rediff.com19 Jun 2020

The country was, in February, put on the list of jurisdictions that require increased monitoring. These are done to counter money-laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing in a more efficient manner.

Not just China, Hong Kong too may come under new FDI rules

Not just China, Hong Kong too may come under new FDI rules

Rediff.com29 Apr 2020

FinMin had, recently, notified changes in FDI rules that made prior approval of the government mandatory for foreign investments from countries that share a land border with India. Hong Kong was ranked 14th on the list of countries with FDI flows to India, contributing $4.2 billion between April 2000 and December 2019, the data from DPIIT shows. India received FDI worth $2.34 billion from China in the same period.

Lessons from the Franklin fiasco

Lessons from the Franklin fiasco

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

Taking credit risks in shorter-tenure funds can help jack up returns considerably, boosting sales.

Overseas investment hubs may come under Sebi scanner for China links

Overseas investment hubs may come under Sebi scanner for China links

Rediff.com20 Apr 2020

The regulator last week reached out to custodians for beneficial ownership information of investors coming from China, Hong Kong, and 11 other countries.

In boost for investment, Mauritius FPIs get category-I status

In boost for investment, Mauritius FPIs get category-I status

Rediff.com14 Apr 2020

Being part of category-I implies lower compliance burden, simplified know-your-customer norms and documentation requirements, and fewer investment restrictions.

Nifty may fall below 8,000, say experts

Nifty may fall below 8,000, say experts

Rediff.com19 Mar 2020

According to experts, the Nifty has continued to form lower top-lower bottom formations, a trend seen in the last five weeks, and witnessed sharp selling towards 9,700 zones.

Market turmoil is bad news for IPOs

Market turmoil is bad news for IPOs

Rediff.com16 Mar 2020

Experts said the 20 per cent drop in the market poses a challenge for companies that have set the ball rolling on their IPO plans as valuations will now have to realign. This could entail more dilution or lowering of the issue size.

Investors' perception about market risk at highest level since 2008

Investors' perception about market risk at highest level since 2008

Rediff.com13 Mar 2020

VIX is meant to indicate investors' perception of the annual market volatility over the next 30 calendar days. The higher the value, the higher is the expected volatility and vice versa. VIX touched its historical peak of 85.13 on November 17, 2008, in the aftermath of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In the past five years, it has stayed below 30.

Budget 2020: Few hits and misses for overseas investors

Budget 2020: Few hits and misses for overseas investors

Rediff.com10 Feb 2020

The Budget has relaxed a few safe harbour rules that aim to make it easier for fund managers overseeing offshore India-focused funds to relocate to the country.

Sebi scraps upfront fees for portfolio management services

Sebi scraps upfront fees for portfolio management services

Rediff.com22 Jan 2020

The regulator has asked portfolio managers not to leverage the portfolio of clients for investment in derivatives and not indulge in speculative transactions that are not accompanied by actual delivery, except for derivatives trades. This is done with the intention of reducing volatility in the market and curbing undue risks.

Employee-related litigation could hit UTI MF's valuation

Employee-related litigation could hit UTI MF's valuation

Rediff.com21 Dec 2019

The asset manager is yet to resolve the impasse surrounding the payment of pension to its erstwhile employees who had opted for voluntary retirement in 2003.

Post IL&FS crisis, MFs' exposure to NBFCs down 30%

Post IL&FS crisis, MFs' exposure to NBFCs down 30%

Rediff.com14 Nov 2019

The financial services sector, including NBFCs and housing finance companies (HFCs), have historically been the largest borrowers from MFs.

New Fema rules stump foreign-owned MFs

New Fema rules stump foreign-owned MFs

Rediff.com5 Nov 2019

Market watchers believe that the change in guidelines fly in the face of some of the recent initiatives taken by the government, such as easing norms for foreign portfolio investors.

80% FPIs get major relief from market regulator

80% FPIs get major relief from market regulator

Rediff.com31 Oct 2019

This may mean easier access, simplified KYC and documentation requirements, and fewer investment restrictions for a majority of FPIs, especially broad-based funds and pooled vehicles that were earlier part of Category-II.

Planning to invest in PSU stocks? Be very careful

Planning to invest in PSU stocks? Be very careful

Rediff.com21 Oct 2019

In the year to date, 61 PSUs have lost an average of 22 per cent, with five companies losing more than half their share value. The BSE PSU index is down 10.6 per cent.

Despite market volatility, equity NFOs are quite popular with investors

Despite market volatility, equity NFOs are quite popular with investors

Rediff.com9 Oct 2019

The number of equity schemes rose to 562 from 519 two years ago. Equity NFOs, in fact, have mopped up more than Rs 16,000 crore since 2018 - 2.7 times the Rs 5,948 crore collected in the preceding three calendar years.

Co-location case: Sebi clears three former NSE executives

Co-location case: Sebi clears three former NSE executives

Rediff.com30 Aug 2019

The capital markets regulator exonerated former employees Subramanian Anand, Ravi Apte, and Umesh Jain, with respect to charges levelled against them.

Why overseas fund managers find India unattractive

Why overseas fund managers find India unattractive

Rediff.com9 Aug 2019

Increase in surcharge will adversely impact fund managers planning to shift to India. As a matter of fact several fund professionals based in India could also relocate to other jurisdictions, resulting in a brain drain.

Financial services firms may raise record Rs 1.2 trn via QIPs

Financial services firms may raise record Rs 1.2 trn via QIPs

Rediff.com19 Jul 2019

In the past few months, 45 companies have signalled their intent to raise money through the institutional placement route.

'Mid-caps look attractive over large-caps'

'Mid-caps look attractive over large-caps'

Rediff.com24 Jun 2019

'Equities are likely to be range-bound with a downward bias for the remaining part of the year.'

Bonus payouts to fund managers to take a hit

Bonus payouts to fund managers to take a hit

Rediff.com13 Jun 2019

Fund managers's compensation is largely tied to the assets they manage and scheme performance.

'We expect markets to be volatile this year'

'We expect markets to be volatile this year'

Rediff.com3 May 2019

'The variables to watch include the monsoon, resolution of NBFC liquidity issues, GST collections, and NPA resolution.'

Why stock brokers are an unhappy lot today

Why stock brokers are an unhappy lot today

Rediff.com26 Apr 2019

As share of cash volumes in trading mix sees decline, it will result in moderation of profitability from core broking operations.

Top FPIs' assets more than double in 5 years

Top FPIs' assets more than double in 5 years

Rediff.com8 Mar 2019

While three of the top five FPIs - Capital, Government of Singapore, and Vanguard - have seen their investment value more than triple, India's benchmark indices have risen just 70%.

Can SBI Mutual Fund be the top AMC?

Can SBI Mutual Fund be the top AMC?

Rediff.com6 Mar 2019

In 5 years, the AMC has clocked a growth rate of 40% with its AUM up nearly 4 times.

Fixed-maturity plans to take a hit

Fixed-maturity plans to take a hit

Rediff.com5 Mar 2019

'Investors need to find out how the FMP's assets are distributed and ensure the investments are in high-quality names.'

Top 15 fund houses lead equity asset growth

Top 15 fund houses lead equity asset growth

Rediff.com11 Jan 2019

MFs have benefited from a shift to financial assets from physical assets like real estate and gold.

IL&FS crisis shrinks MF debt assets

IL&FS crisis shrinks MF debt assets

Rediff.com10 Jan 2019

About 24 fund houses saw a decline in their debt AUMs in the past one year.

'Stock markets' reaction to poll outcomes is similar'

'Stock markets' reaction to poll outcomes is similar'

Rediff.com4 Dec 2018

'... Whether an incumbent is voted back or a coalition forms a new government except for a temporary disruption for a few weeks.'

Why have 3,400 brokers shut shop?

Why have 3,400 brokers shut shop?

Rediff.com27 Nov 2018

'The years after the financial crisis of 2008 were tough for brokers as volumes dwindled and retail investors stayed away.'

Why FPIs and MFs are dumping mid- and small-cap stocks

Why FPIs and MFs are dumping mid- and small-cap stocks

Rediff.com13 Nov 2018

There is polarisation among sectors with IT and healthcare receiving the lion's share of FPI money in the past two quarters.

Mahindra scouts for foreign partner to grow MF business

Mahindra scouts for foreign partner to grow MF business

Rediff.com27 Sep 2018

Mahindra MF, which began operations in July 2016, is currently a bit-player and placed 31 among 42 fund houses, with assets under management of about Rs 4000 crore

Bad news for those planning to sell shares of Infosys

Bad news for those planning to sell shares of Infosys

Rediff.com12 Sep 2018

After the IT giant declared a bonus, investors selling shares may have to shell out 4-5 times more tax

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