How much sheen Debt Funds, Gold Funds and International Funds have lost with losing the indexation benefit?

Debt Funds


The Debt Mutual Funds have been superior in the Debt Asset Class due to their taxation advantage, thanks to indexation. Almost all its counterparts in the asset class whose yield mostly comes from interest payment have been taxed at the marginal rates. The Debt Funds lose the crown of taxation advantage from 1st April but how much attraction does it lose as an investment option?


Debt Funds invest in a basket of debt securities of various institutions, private and government spread across industries. This gives great benefit of diversification versus investing in a single fixed income security like a single NCD issue or a single Corporate Deposit . This diversification gives great comfort in the credit risk perspective or even the interest rate risk aspect due to the sectoral and company diversification and variation in maturity of their holdings. So, for a debt investor the debt funds still have great value to offer though the taxation is on par with other product peers. More importantly with the yields of debt funds remaining attractive now, this is one great time to invest in long term debt funds which can potentially deliver 8 to 10% annualised returns over a 3 to 5 year period which can eventually offer a better net yield. Even for fresh investments from 1st April these Mutual Fund schemes would not deduct TDS whereas in a Fixed Deposit TDS will be deducted on the interest accrued every year even if it is not realised. So, debt funds have not become unattractive in any way as an investment option, though the taxation is changing.


Gold Funds


Gold funds, which also get impacted by this announcement would relatively become less attractive by losing the indexation benefit. Unlike the debt funds they have only gold as the underlying and so diversification aspect is irrelevant unlike debt funds mentioned above . However they offer the benefit of holding in electronic form avoiding the risk of holding in physical form. Also gold funds are the only way to invest in gold in a systematic way through Systematic Investment Plan(SIP), to invest a fixed amount monthly or any other periodicity, which is not possible to do in a gold ETF or gold SGB(Sovereign Gold Bond) or other forms of gold. Investing monthly in the gold savings schemes of Jewellers has single organisation risk and no regulations governs those investment. So though gold funds have come on par with other form of gold investments on taxation front barring SGBs, the above mentioned benefits remain with Gold funds. That said, going forward SGBs can pull in more investors as the capital gains from them are tax free if held till maturity of 8 years and with the icing on the cake of 2.5% interest paid every year.


International Funds


These funds are the exotic investment options available to a retail investor as a minimum of Rs.5000 investment can give exposure to a basket of foreign stocks across countries to take advantage of growth potential of international equities. These funds also have been enjoying the benefit of indexation after 3 years. Equity Funds are investments done for a longer time frame with expectation of returns upwards of 12%. An investment with potential of delivering 12% plus returns even after taxation at marginal rates has a decent net return left on the table with little alternatives. A retail investor though has the option of investing directly in foreign equities he would hardly be able to afford buying a large basket of stocks to match the diversification advantage offered by international mutual fund schemes. Investing directly in foreign stocks also attracts high TCS(Tax Collected at Source) of 20% now which need not be paid while investing in International funds. So International Funds would still be left without any comparable substitute as an investment option for a retail investor looking for investing in foreign stocks.


So, an investor should not be in a hurry to show his back to these categories of funds just because of the taxation advantage going away and there is lot more reasons these funds offer for someone to invest.

Dhanavruksha taxation update

The news on debt funds losing the indexation benefit is the talk of today.

Investments made in Debt funds, Gold Funds and International funds starting from 1st April 2023 will not have the benefit of indexation for tax calculation and will be taxed at the marginal tax slab. These funds are currently taxed at 20% with indexation currently after 3 years.

However any investment done in these funds until 31st March will not be impacted by this announcement.

So if you wish to invest in long term debt funds, gold funds or international funds try and rush it before 31st March to get the benefit of indexation.

Note : There is lack of clarity when it comes to the dynamic hybrid funds which follow the Fund of Funds model which we shall update you as and when we get complete clarity

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Take cautious comfort with Banks claiming to provide one-stop solutions to manage your wealth

Take cautious comfort with Banks claiming to provide one-stop solutions. These days most Banks claim to offer solutions to all Financial needs of customers from Banking, Investments, Insurance, Loans etc. Banks have a lion’s share of the Banking and Financial Services market. A large section of investors trust the banks, as they by default associate Banks to Trust as their hard earned savings is safeguarded there. Banks don’t just do banking today as mentioned above and they want to take grab a big market share of all spectrum of Financial Services products. Customers need to evaluate the expertise of the Bank and its employees in Investment and Insurance products as a bank which holds your savings doesn’t by default qualify as your Investment or Insurance solutions provider . The qualification criteria for that should be their expertise, neutrality, intent , accountability etc in the areas of Investments and Insurance. When you may want to trust a large brand of a bank for its reputation and the belief you tend to draw in their institutionalised research and processes, its equally important to check if the ground team is alligned to that or if they are just target driven, putting customer-centricity and customer’s interest in the back seat. Instances of mis-selling largely in Life Insurance though not restricting only to that keep flowing at regular intervals through various media and customers need to take a cautious approach considering these. The resurgence of individual and boutique investment and insurance distributors and advisors goes on to say that investors realise that the credibility of a team or individual and their expertise are adequate enough to trust their money regardless of a big brand being behind them. Such small setups naturally tend to be more customer-centric and highly accountable as the absence of these can deprive them of their livelihood as only loyal and long term customers can ensure sustainability of their income. Moreover the confidence for them to venture on their own also comes from their expertise and thorough knowledge of their products without which surviving amongst the giant brands would be impossible. The summary of this post is the necessity of investors to carefully choose their investment and insurance distributor/advisor making proper check of the expertise and intent in handling these businesses and not to get carried away by any brand. Savings ultimately becomes meaningful and transits into wealth only when properly invested and insured. So the custodian of your Savings can be trusted with your investments and insurance only if they are equipped, committed and neutral to offer you the most suited options equally ensuring that the ground team is not deviating from that. The larger intent of this post is to choose the caretaker of your wealth creation carefully avoiding shallow judgements and the team’s quality, expertise, commitment, ethics and intent are the criteria to choose than just the brand behind. This approach would create a healthy ecosystem of informed and satisfied investors serviced by accountable and well-equipped distributors and advisors.

What has the budget done to Personal Finance?

In this post we decode all the announcements connected to Personal Finance which were made in the recent Budget-2023 and the impact of those announcements.

Income Tax slabs

The income tax rebate in the new tax regime has been increased from Rs.5 lacs to Rs. 7 lacs. The new tax regime has been made as the default income tax filing mode though the option of choosing the old regime would continue. The basic exemption limit has been hiked to Rs.3 lacs from Rs.2.5 lacs in the new income tax regime. The number of income tax slabs in the new regime has been reduced to 5 from 6. The new tax slabs are

Rs.0 to 3 lacs – Nil, 3 to 6 lacs -5%, 6 to 9 lacs-10%, 9 to 12 lacs-15%, 12 to 15 lacs-20% and 15 lacs & above- 30%

For the salaried and pensioners with income of above Rs.15.5 lacs the standard deduction benefit now will be Rs. 52500 in the New Income Tax Regime.

So far there were only a few takers for the New Tax Regime which is now expected to see a good increase with the benefits announced for the New Regime in the budget. However those who have higher savings in products providing tax deductions in the Old Tax Regime, would still gain in the Old Regime if those deductions are more than Rs 4.25 lacs. That said the signals are clear that the Old Regime is marching towards its way out as it has been kept away from any favours.

There is also good news for the super rich in the budget as the highest surcharge levied which used to be 37%  has been reduced to 25% .

On the whole the budget has proposed measures that would leave more surplus in the hands of the public not only the middle class but also the super-rich, that would mean more savings to invest and consume which is healthy.

Leave Encashment

The limit of tax exemption on leave encashment on retirement of non-government salaried employees has been Rs.3 lacs, which has remain unchanged since 2002. This has been increased to Rs.25 lacs in line with the increase in government salaries. Though very late good that it has happened atleast now.

Savings Schemes

The maximum limit for Senior Citizens Savings Scheme(SCSS) for an individual account has been increased to Rs.30 lacs from Rs.15 lacs which is a huge boost for Senior Citizens to increase their exposure to this high interest paying Savings Scheme which currently pays 8%.

The maximum limit on Post Office Monthly Income Scheme(POMIS) has been increased to Rs.9 lacs for individual accounts from Rs.4.5 lacs and for joint accounts this has been increased to Rs.15 lacs from Rs.9 lacs. A shot in the arm for another Savings Scheme which is encouraging.

A new scheme for women or girls named Mahila Samman Savings Certificate has been launched for 2 years till March 2025. The scheme will have a maturity of 2 years and pay a fixed interest of 7.5% with provision to make partial withdrawal. No tax relief has been announced for this scheme yet without which the product is only in line with current Fixed Deposit rates making it unimpressive.

Life Insurance

Life Insurance sector has received a blow from the budget. The budget proposes to tax the maturity proceeds from traditional life insurance policies(non-ulips) with premium of more than 5 lacs in a year. This is applicable only for policies issued from 1st April’2023. Util now the maturity proceeds were completely exempt regardless of the premium amount paid.

Conversion of Gold

Conversion of digital gold to physical gold and vice versa will not be treated as capital gains. This will increase the participation in electronic gold which eliminates storage risk and risk of theft. Just as everything is getting digital now,  gold also will see going more the digital way with this move.

Capital Gains deduction from sale of house

The maximum deduction that can be claimed on capital gains arising from sale of a house used to buy another property has been capped at Rs.10 Crores. Until now when a house property is sold and with the same sale value when another house was bought capital gains was exempted with no cap on the value. This would affect the super-rich.

Taxation of listed MLDs

Listed Market Linked Debentures(MLD) which had a favourable taxation where the Long Term Capital Gains above 1 year was taxed only at 10% earlier will henceforth be taxed like other debt instruments. This would mean that the Short Term Capital Gains generated within 3 years from listed MLDs will be taxed at the applicable marginal income tax slab(30% plus applicable surcharge for those in the high tax slabs) and the Long Term Capital Gains(above 3 years) will be taxed at 20% . This makes listed MLDs on par with the unlisted MLDs on taxation. MLDs which is an exotic product availed by HNIs with this loses its flavour by leaving lesser post tax gains.

TDS on interest of Listed Debentures

The budget has removed the exemption of TDS(Tax Deducted at Source) on interest paid by listed debentures. This has been introduced to prevent under reporting of interest from listed debentures. This is a product with small investors participation as well and would impact investors negatively.

TCS on foreign remittances

Tax Collected at Source(TCS) for foreign remittances done for overseas tour packages or to invest in stocks abroad has been increased from 5% to 20%, making investing in foreign equities a costly affair. In the recent times more avenues have opened up to invest in foreign stocks and even retail investors were utilising these to take international equity exposure which has got a blow from the budget. However, individuals may be able to claim credit or refund of the TCS.

Online portal to reclaim shares and dividends

An online portal is proposed to be created to reclaim shares and dividends from Investor Protection & Education Fund(IPEF) which will substantially reduce the processing time as it is currently a manual process that consumes longer time.

Online storage of KYC documents

The budget has proposed that the government will permit fintech firms to use its Digilocker facility to store and share KYC documents online securely with various banks and regulators. This would simplify KYC process and reduce the process time.

The overall impact of the budget on Personal Finance

While the budget at the face of it looks to leave more surplus with the middle class specifically by the increase in rebate to Rs.7 lacs in the New Tax Regime from the earlier Rs.5 lacs , it doing this only with the New Regime which accommodates no deductions, in a way discourages investment habits for the long term. Deductions are encouraged by the Old regime for long term investments like PPF,NPS,EPF, 5 Year Deposits, SCSS, Life Insurance , Purchase of house, Health Insurance, etc through Sec 80C,Sec 80D,Sec 80CCD and Sec 24 . Taxing maturity proceeds of traditional life insurance policies if annual premium is above 5 lacs is also a dampener for investment habit as smaller towns still do not have adequate access to evolved new age investment products and resort mostly to such traditional insurance policies. The much-anticipated waiver of Long Term Capital Gains Tax for equities was given a miss by the budget which if considered could have encouraged equity investing which is still languishing in the single digits in penetration. The increase of TCS for investing in foreign stocks also puts a hurdle in the way of a habit which was just taking baby steps.

However, the increase of exemption limit for Leave encashment, increasing of deposit limit for Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, hiking limit for Post Office Monthly Income Scheme, waiver of capital gains for conversion of physical gold to digital gold and vice-versa, introducing of online portal for claim of shares and dividends from IPEF and digitisation of storage of KYC documents are welcome moves.

Article written by our Director-Wealth Management, V.Krishna Dassan on how to choose the suitable hybrid funds published in MintGenie

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Article written by our Director-Wealth Management,V.Krishna Dassan on Budget expectations published in The Financial Express

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Its Tax Savings season now. Choose the right Tax Saving options

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Broader indices are down close to 3% down from the levels of 1st Dec

The broader indices are down close to 3% down from the levels of 1st Dec. Investors who have been waiting on the sidelines or have deployable surplus to invest in equities or equity mutual funds can make use of this opportunity to deploy a portion of the surplus now to capitalise on this correction.