Posted at 12:50 PM , on January 20, 2020
Mutual funds have been disappointed over the last two years as there has been little respite in the Budget. This time around, mutual funds will look at parity on a number of areas plus a reversal of some of the recent measures pertaining to capital gains tax and the tax on distribution of dividends by MFs.
Time to bring in DLSS
While ELSS has become extremely popular as a tax saving instrument, one argument has been that it forces people to take on risk. The answer could be in extending these Section 80C benefits to debt funds too and introduce a separate DLSS classification for the same. Of course, the lock-in period can be either retained at 3 years or extended to 5 years. The idea is that conservative investors need not be penalized when their financial plan dictates caution.
Parity with ULIPs and NPS
This has been a persistent demand of AMFI over the last few years. The first demand is to put pension plans of mutual funds at par with the National Pension Scheme (NPS) in terms of tax benefits. That will entail extending the additional exemption of Rs.50,000 on NPS to pension plans too. Secondly, while equity MFs are subject to LTCG tax, the ULIPs are exempt from any form of capital gains tax. This puts the mutual funds at a disadvantage and AMFI has been demanding parity.
Posted at 12:30 PM , on June 30, 2016
The recent circular from SEBI on May 31st has put several conditions for restriction of redemptions by mutual funds. Currently, mutual funds can decide to freeze redemptions on any scheme if the Board of the AMC and the Board of the Trustees agree to it. We recently saw the case J P Morgan Mutual Fund. It two debt funds had and exposure of nearly Rs.193 crore to the bonds of Amtek Auto. When Amtek got into financial trouble, the bonds were downgraded by CRISIL. This led to a crash in the price of these bonds. With these bonds becoming illiquid, there was no way the fund could have handled redemptions. As a result they had to freeze redemptions, till the issue had got sorted out. Continue reading
Posted at 6:28 PM , on January 13, 2016
Will they continue to dominate equity markets in 2016?
The big story of the Indian equity markets in 2015 was the emergence of mutual funds as a serious player. Post 2009, equity mutual funds had seen fund outflows for each quarter, for five years till the first half of 2014. Post mid-2014, retail money has come back in droves into mutual funds. In the calendar year 2015, nearly $15 billion was invested by retail investors into equity mutual funds. So how did it impact Indian markets? Continue reading
Posted at 11:17 AM , on January 4, 2016
Mutual fund investors generally become the victims of common myths pertaining to mutual funds as an investment product. These myths either emerge from an inadequate understanding of the mutual fund product or the way the product is marketed by the mutual funds themselves. It is however, necessary to overcome these 7 myths as they are critical in helping you take an informed and intelligent decision about your mutual funds. Here are the 7 myths you need to overcome before investing in mutual funds… Continue reading
Posted at 3:35 PM , on December 4, 2015
It is already a well-understood fact that mutual funds offer the best way for retail investors to participate in the markets. With the benefit of professional management and the benefit of diversification, mutual funds are in a position to outperform markets over a longer period. Thus they offer the best means of creating wealth over the long term. Mutual funds have another important role to play. They are extremely critical to help meet our long term goals. Typically, goals include our requirements like capital appreciation, liquidity, tax efficiencies, synchronizing withdrawals, timing redemptions etc. The beauty of mutual funds is that they have a wide variety of schemes like equity funds, debt funds, variable rate funds and money-market funds etc which are suited to each of these unique needs. Continue reading