If you are a mutual fund investor, budget 2020 does change some things. There are three key items that have been announced in this budget. Taxation on dividends, removal of dividend distribution tax and changes in the tax treatment of side pocketing in Mutual fund portfolios.
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The potential economic impact of the Coronavirus outbreak affected markets significantly towards the end of February. Another big challenge faced by the economy is continuing weakness in GDP growth combined with a relatively high fiscal deficit. Some of the key initiatives like lower corporate tax rates are expected to kick start the investment cycle by the industry
Our analysis suggests that many of the larger companies, leading the Nifty, continue to grow at rates higher than nominal GDP growth and are trading at valuations that are reasonable. Moreover, as and when the economy recovers, growth rates will be stronger than long term expected growth rates as companies start re-stocking their inventories.
A few weeks back, investor Thiyagarajan Chandrasekaran posted on a popular financial portal ‘there is no dividend for the month of December-18 and February-19’. Thiyagarajan had put his hard-earned money in a top-rated balanced scheme of a mutual fund and was surprised to know that monthly dividends were not guaranteed.
It’s never too early to start planning for your retirement. As the saying goes, you can retire from work, but you needn’t retire from life. Managing your daily expenses and lifestyle desires, like travelling and spending on grand children is a part of what planning your retirement finances can help with.