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Budget 2016: Hopes of market bounceback fizzle out

March 1, 2016

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The wild gyrations in the stock market on Budget day were due to initial disapproval over inadequate measures taken to recapitalise banks and the seemingly unfair corporate tax treatment for large firms that form the bulk of market capitalisation.

Budget 2015: An economist’s wishlist

February 27, 2015

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Budget 2015: Be careful what you wish for

February 24, 2015

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Tax corporates less to revive economy

December 1, 2014

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Why traditional insurance plans will beat ULIPs during the tax-saving season

November 12, 2014

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Most ULIPs (unit-linked insurance plans) are far better compared to traditional insurance plans. They are more flexible, more transparent and have the potential to generate bigger returns. But insurance sales do not necessarily follow simple logic. There are a variety of reasons why traditional plans are likely to fare better.

Budget 2013: Time for a responsible budget

February 23, 2013

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Budget 2013: Need to review tax incentives

February 13, 2013

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It’s going to be a tight budget this year and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will be looking to save every rupee in revenue to reduce the budget deficit, to which he has committed. One option would be to withdraw tax incentives which have outlived their purpose.