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Tax Implications of Investments in Gold

Investment in Gold and Related Tax Issues When an Assessee makes an investment in gold, it does not have any tax implications. However, any income received from the sale of items made of gold does attract taxes. The Income Tax Act of 1961 clearly states that silver, gold, and platinum ornaments or ornaments made from any other precious metal, precious or semi-precious stones, whether standalone or part of any furniture, utensils and any other articles, or worked upon or sewn into clothes etc. are considered Capital Assets. The taxable income that one receives upon sale can therefore be treated as Short-term...
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The Impact of Interest Rates On Equity Markets

Every bank adheres to the interest rate set by the central bank, in its country. The central bank in India is the RBI that decides the interest rate, which other banks have to abide by. In case of shortage of funds, banks borrow funds from the RBI, and the money is lent at the repo rate that is then deemed as the benchmark rate. Hence, every increase and the decrease in the repo rate have its repercussions on the life of a common man. An increase in repo rate will make it difficult for banks to borrow from RBI, resulting in...
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Profession Tax or Tax on Employment

Aashish Ramchand is the Co-founder of MakeMy Returns, an e-filing and online tax advisory website (recognized by Govt. of India). A chartered accountant by profession, he has worked with KPMG and JRC advisory both in international and domestic taxation respectively with a cumulative experience in taxation of more than 5 years. He has also completed CFA (USA) level 1 exam. Professional Tax or Tax on employment [Sec. 16 (iii)] As per Article 276 of the Constitution, Professional tax or Tax on Employment is levied by the state and is allowed as a deduction. The below mentioned factors are important with regards...
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High Frequency Trading

This article has been written by Kabir Sharma. Financial markets over the course of time have changed significantly, both with the development of new financial instruments and advancement of technology being employed. In terms of technology the markets have moved from human outcry mechanism to the modern day’s electronic exchanges with ultra high frequency computers being deployed to execute trades, minimizing the human intervention for trade execution. One of the recent developments in financial markets is algorithmic trading which now forms a major chunk of the total trades being executed across the most developed financial markets of the world. Algorithmic trading...
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Prominent Indian entrepreneur in the financial services industry shares his journey to the top

Ramdeo Agarwal
Mr. Ramdeo Agarwal is the Managing Director of Motilal Oswal Financial Services. He is a reputed stock picker and is one of the most successful Indian entrepreneurs in the financial services industry.
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CEO of JP Morgan, India shares her experience as a successful Investment Banker

Kalpana Morparia
Ms. Kalpana Morparia is the Chief Executive Officer of J.P. Morgan, India. She shares her insights on the current M&A environment and discusses the skills required to become a successful investment banker.
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Toeing the Trend Line

Rohit Kumar works in a corporate finance role at a leading multinational corporation. His previous stints include International Economics roles at Planning Commission of India and Strategic Sourcing work at Tata Motors. He is a CFA L2 candidate. He has done his MBA from NITIE Mumbai and engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. He can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     The shadow of economic and financial crisis of 2008 has prolonged, casting a serious doubt on trend of industrial growth. The aftermath of political logjam in a fatal mixture of high debt and low growth regime has made...
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Interview with Vikas Khemani, EVP, Edelweiss Capital

Vikas Khemani
Mr. Vikas Khemani, Executive Vice President & Co-Head Institutional Equities at Edelweiss Capital shares his experience of managing the Wholesale Capital Markets business at Edelweiss.
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What is Equity Research?

Avadhut Nigudkar is an independent online entrepreneur and founder of FinanceWalk. He has over 12 years of experience working with a credit rating agency, a software company, a healthcare company and a boutique investment bank. He has also rendered services as a visiting faculty to top business schools in India and is a member of Mckinsey Online Executive Panel. Avadhut is a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and a CSMP (Certified Securities Markets Professsional).                       What is Equity Research? Equity research is what an equity research analyst does. Well, to...
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Life of a Merchant Banker

Sunit Joshi
Mr. Sunit Joshi, Executive Vice President, Capital Markets Group, SBI Capital Markets speaks about the role of merchant banking in the Indian capital market.
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