Investor Issues
Government approves Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme

Besides investing in shares of blue chip private and public sector companies, investors would also be permitted to invest through mutual funds and listed exchange traded funds under the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme

New Delhi: Moving ahead with steps to revive investor sentiment and curb demand for gold, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday cut withholding tax on overseas borrowings to 5% from 20% and approved the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS), reports PTI.
While the RGESS is aimed at encouraging first time retail investors to invest in stock markets through tax concessions, the cut in withholding tax to 5% seeks to lower the cost of foreign borrowings by the Indian companies.
The RGESS, Chidambaram said, will "give tax benefits to new investors who invest up to Rs50,000 and whose annual income is below Rs10 lakh.
"It will act as alternative financial instrument and encourage more people to invest in this instrument rather than gold, which is a dead instrument", he said.
The scheme was announced by the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his 2012-13 budget speech.
According to Chidambaram, "the scheme not only encourages the flow of savings and improves the depth of domestic capital markets, but also aims to promote an 'equity culture' in India. This is also expected to widen the retail investor base in the Indian securities markets".
Besides equities of blue chip private and public sector companies, he said, the investors under the scheme would also be permitted to invest through Mutual Funds and listed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).
As regards the withholding tax on overseas borrowings, Chidambaram said that appropriate amendments would be made in the Income Tax Act, 1961, under which the interest income of a non-resident investor will be taxed at reduced rate of 5% instead of 20%.




4 years ago




In Reply to sachchidanand 4 years ago

You cannot avail of the RGESS benefit. It is only for those who have never invested in equity so far. Thus merely changing of demat account won't help.

Investing directly in equity must not be done merely for such tax breaks because it may break your capital permanently, if you do not know how to invest in equities


4 years ago

Rajiv Gandhi Equity saving Scheme?

Government must also come up with Sonia Gandhi's Equity savings Scheme before 2014 elections!!


4 years ago

How to make the new (first time) investors invest in RGESS through mutual funds?
1) Will they exercise the option of investing in one of the direct plans and benefit from lower fees too? or
2) Will the retired teachers and retired bank employees acquire these investors into ‘simple and performing’ schemes which may qualify for RGESS? or
3) Will the existing set of mf sellers educate & acquire these ‘new’ set of investors, so that they can eventually take the direct route? or
4) Will these come from tier 2 centers so that the AMCs can claim the benefit of 30 basis points higher TER or
5) None of the above

Only time will tell . . . (also we may not be able to ‘import’ a solution in this case)

Trinamool Congress Ministers resign from UPA Government

Six ministers from Trinamool congress submitted their resignation to the PM. This means the UPA government has to look out for new Railway minister for the third time in the year

New Delhi: Six Ministers belonging to Trinamool Congress on Friday submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who expressed sadness over the ally's decision in protest against allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, reports PTI.
The Ministers -- Mukul Roy, Sudip Bandhyopadhay, Sultan Ahmed, Sougata Roy, Sisir Adhikary and CM Jatua -- went to the Prime Minister's residence 7, Race Course Road to submit their resignations.
While receiving the resignation letters, the Prime Minister said he was "sad" that they were quitting, Bandhyopadhay told reporters later.
Mukul Roy was the only Cabinet Minister among the six holding Railways portfolio since March. This also means, the government has to look out for a new minister of Railways, third time in this year. Earlier, Dinesh Trivedi had to resign from the post after after he incurred the wrath of Trinamool Congress chief for hiking passenger fares in the Railway Budget. He was replaced by Banerjee's trusted lieutnent Roy.
Bandhyopadhyay was Minister of State for Health, Ahmed was MoS for Tourism, Sougata Roy was MoS Urban Development, Adhikary was MoS Rural Development and C M Jatua MoS Information and Broadcasting.
Asked whether Trinamool leaders had demanded a floor test by the government to check its majority, Saugata Roy said, "no, we did not. Beyond what I have told you, we have not said anything extra."

He refused to reveal what the Prime Minister told them, saying it was confidential.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday had announced her decision to withdraw support to the UPA protesting the Centre's decisions to hike diesel prices, withdraw subsidy on cooking gas and allow FDI in multi-brand retail.
On Thursday night hitting out at the UPA government for 'hurriedly' notifying FDI in multi-brand retail, the Trinamool supremo said that it (the union government) had no business of doing so after being reduced to a "minority".
"I have just come to know through media that Centre has notified FDI in multi-brand retail today. Is it ethical, moral and democratic for a minority government to issue government order forcibly and hurriedly when massive protests against it are taking place across the country?" she said on her Facebook page on Thursday, terming the move as "shocking".
She said, "These actions by a minority government questions its credibility. It also defied democratic traditions in the context of the assurance given in a statement by the former finance minister (Pranab Mukherjee) on 7 December 2011 in Lok Sabha to go in for consensus among all stake holders before taking a decision."


Strong uptrend in Sensex, Nifty: Friday Closing Report

A close below 5,570 on the Nifty may signal a change in the trend

The government's decision to stand by its reforms and support from the Samajwadi Party to the UPA coalition saw the market settling over 2% higher. Today with the overall positive cues, the Nifty hit an intraday high of 5,720, its highest since 11 July 2011 and closed at 5,691 which is the highest closing since 8 July 2011. We may see a strong uptrend continuing, however, a close below 5,570 may change the trend. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw a volume of 110.65 crore shares, the highest since 24 February 2012, while the advance decline ratio was a positive 1020:435.
The market witnessed a gap up opening on the government's move to notify the policy decisions taken last week. The Nifty opened 23 points higher at 5,577 and the Sensex resumed trade at 18,411, up 62 points over its previous close. The opening figure on the Sensex was its intraday low while the Nifty touched its low at 5,575.
Gains in power, capital goods, realty and banking stocks saw the market moving higher in early trade. The benchmarks hit their highs in noon trade as finance minister P Chidambaram announced measures to revive investment sentiment. At the highs, the Nifty touched 5,720 and the Sensex climbed to 18,867. The gains were also supported by a firm opening of the key European markets. 
Moving ahead with steps to revive investor sentiment, the finance minister today cut withholding tax on overseas borrowings to 5% from 20% and approved the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS). While the RGESS is aimed at encouraging first time retail investors to invest in stock markets through tax concessions, the cut in withholding tax to 5% seeks to lower the cost of foreign borrowings by the Indian companies.
The indices came off the highs in late trade as a minor bout of profit booking was noticed. However, the market closed with smart gains of over 2%, erasing the losses incurred in the past two trading days.
The Nifty climbed 137 points (2.46%) to 5,691 and the Sensex settled at 18,753, a jump of 404 points.
Among the broader markets, the BSE Mid-cap index surged 1.61% and the BSE Small-cap climbed 1.46%.
BSE Power (up 4.35%); BSE Capital Goods (up 4.12%); BSE Metal (up 4.06%); Bankex (up 4.05%) and BSE PSU (up 2.74%) were the top gainers in the sectoral space. On the other hand, BSE IT (down 0.68%) and BSE TECk (down 0.04%) were the only losers.
Twenty six of the 30 stocks on the Sensex closed in the positive. The key gainers were BHEL (up 7.12%); Jindal Steel (up 6.41%); Sterlite Industries (up 5.20%); State Bank of India (up 4.30%) and ICICI Bank (up 4.19%). Dr Reddy's Laboratories, TCS (down 1.38% each); Infosys (down 0.80%) and Sun Pharma (down 0.10%) were the losers on the index.
The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were-GMR Infrastructure (up 10.64%) and Reliance Capital (up 10.11%).
The top two A Group losers on the BSE were-Ruchi Soya (down 3.90%) and AstraZeneca Pharma India (down 3.67%).
The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were-ICICI Prudential MF (up 20.61%) and NEPC India (up 20%).
The top two B Group losers on the BSE were-Silicon Valley Infotech (down 16.67%) and Landmarc Leisure Corporation (down 15.22%).
Out of the 50 stocks listed on the Nifty, 45 stocks settled in the positive. The major gainers were Reliance Infrastructure (up 9.86%); Axis Bank (up 7.72%); SAIL (up 7.62%); BHEL (up 7.47%) and Jindal Steel (up 7.34%). The main losers were TCS (down 1.15%); Dr Reddy's (down 0.96%); Infosys (down 0.85%) and Cipla (down 0.11%).
The Asian pack settled mostly higher on the measures taken by central banks across the world to stimulate growth in their economies. The International Monetary Fund, which is expected to announce a revision in its economic forecasts, is expected to cut growth expectations, analysts opined. The move is expected to see government looking at new initiatives to boost growth.
The Shanghai Composite rose 0.09%; the Hang Seng advanced 0.70%; the Jakarta Composite climbed 0.64%; the Nikkei 225 gained 0.25%; the Straits Times rose 0.51%; the Seoul Composite surged 0.60% and the Taiwan Weighted settled 0.35% higher. Bucking the trend, the KLSE Composite fell 0.12%.
At the time of writing, the European indices were mixed with a negative bias while the US stock futures were in the green.
Back home, institutional investors-both foreign and domestic-were net sellers in the equities segment on Thursday. While foreign institutional investors pulled out Rs73.67 crore, domestic institutional investors were net sellers of 331.11 crore worth of stocks.
Mumbai-based pharma major Wockhardt has said that the winding up petition filed by the trustees to the foreign currency convertible bonds before the Bombay High Court has been withdrawn. The petition was filed by BNY Corporate Trustee Services (the Bank of New York Mellon) on behalf of bondholders, including Sun Pharma Global and QVT after it defaulted on repaying its $110-million FCCB (foreign currency convertible bonds), in October 2009. The stock jumped 5% to close at Rs1,253.70 on the NSE.
Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services has sold 12.27% stake in its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mahindra Insurance Brokers (MIBL), to Inclusion Resources for Rs64.33 crore. Inclusion Resources is a subsidiary of Leapfrog Financial Inclusion Fund, incorporated in Singapore. This stake sale is subject to the "receipt of necessary regulatory approvals," said M&M Financial Services in a filing to the BSE. M&M Financial settled 1.06% down at Rs837 on the NSE.



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