Tax cut, market rallies & growth

Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announced a $20 billion tax cut to reduce the effective corporate tax rate, including surcharges, to 25.17%. This move comes in addition to the RBI’s interest-rate reduction to stimulate economic growth. Ms Sitharaman said that the new corporate tax rates would be “comparable with the lowest tax rates in the South Asian region and in South East Asia“. Further, she announced a tax rate of 15% for new manufacturing units in the country that start production before 2023.

In the aftermath of this tax cut, the S&P BSE Sensex and the Nifty 50 both rose ~5.32%.

There is sufficient evidence that shows that lower corporate tax rates, via a tax cut, have a direct impact on growth. Prof Rebello of Kelloggs and Prof Jaimovich of the University of Zurich studied the corporate tax rates in the US since 1890 and its impact on growth. They conclude that cutting the corporate tax rate spurs growth if the current rate is exceptionally high, an assertion which is true for India. Prior to the tax rate reform, we had one of the highest corporate tax rates in Asia and also globally. 



The question remains to be seen if the finance minister will now move to a simplified and lower tax rate for individual taxpayers as well. At 7 tax slabs, the highest marginal tax rate of 42.74% and numerous exemptions, rebates, and deductions negotiated by special interest groups over decades, our individual tax code is one of the most complicated as well. A cleaning up of the tax code for the individual taxpayer will be a welcome change.


If you feel strongly about simplifying the individual tax code then sign our petition here and spread the word!


UTI Mutual Fund has announced that the fund house has created a segregated portfolio for UTI Credit Risk Fund, following the downgrade of debt instruments of Altico Capital India. The move is targeted at preventing the distressed assets from damaging the returns generated from more liquid and better-performing assets.


Rating agency CARE downgraded Reliance Business Broadcast Network Holdings Ltd to D due to a delay in debt servicing. Mutual Funds have around Rs 650 crore exposure to the Reliance ADAG Group company. We have written more about ratings downgrade, credit risk and assessing debt funds in our recent blog.


Global gold-backed ETFs and similar products increased their collective gold holdings by 122t to 2,733t in August, with total holdings 2% away from all-time highs.


Index Returns

Index 1W 1Y 3Y
NIFTY 50 1.8% 0.4% 8.7%
NIFTY NEXT 50 3.6% -6.2% 6.1%
S&P BSE SENSEX 1.7% 2.4% 10.1%
S&P BSE SmallCap 1.5% -18.6% 1.1%
S&P BSE MidCap 3.3% -11.0% 2.5%
NASDAQ 100 -0.9% 3.4% 17.6%
S&P 500 -0.5% 2.1% 11.8%

Source: BSE / NSE


Top 5 best performing funds

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
Canara Robeco Consumer Trends … 5.2% 8.8% 12.3%
Motilal Oswal Midcap 30 5.1% 0.5% 4.8%
IDBI Equity Advantage 5.0% -1.0% 8.2%
UTI India Consumer 4.8% -3.7% 7.0%
SBI Consumption Opportunities 4.7% -3.9% 11.2%



Top 5 worst performing funds

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
DSP World Gold -2.4% 36.3% -0.5%
PGIM India Credit Risk -2.1% -0.6% 4.7%
Franklin India Feeder Franklin Europe… -2.1% -12.8% 3.2%
L&T Credit Risk -2.1% 2.5% 5.6%
Edelweiss Asean Equity Off Shore -1.8% 1.9% 8.9%



What Investors Bought

We saw the most inflows in these 5 Funds –

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
UTI Nifty Index 1.8% 1.5% 9.8%
Parag Parikh Long Term Equity 0.6% 3.0% 12.3%
Mirae Asset Large Cap 1.8% 3.9% 11.9%
Kotak Standard Multicap 2.3% 4.7% 10.9%
Axis Bluechip 3.3% 11.4% 15.0%



What Investors Sold

We saw the most outflows in these 5 Funds –

Name 1W 1Y 3Y
Edelweiss Arbitrage 0.1% 7.3% 6.9%
ICICI Prudential Regular Gold Saving -0.8% 18.9% 4.9%
DSP Natural Resources & New Energy -1.3% -16.5% 7.2%
L&T Infrastructure 2.8% -9.5% 8.3%
L&T India Value 1.6% -5.2% 7.3%


Movers & Shakers

1/ Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund has announced that Franklin India Dynamic PE Ratio Fund of Funds would be known as Franklin India Dynamic Asset Allocation Fund of Funds, with effect from 21 October 2019. 

2/ PGIM India Mutual Fund has announced that Avinash Aganwal has ceased to be a Fund Manager of PGIM India Long Term Equity Fund. Srinivas Rao Ravuri, Chief Investment Officer – Equity, will take over the managerial responsibility of the scheme.

3/ Principal Mutual Fund has announced that Jane Ann Conway and Suresh Mahalingam have been appointed as Associate Director and Independent Director respectively, on the Board of Principal Asset Management Private Limited.

4/ LIC Mutual Fund has announced that Siddhartha Mohanty has been appointed as an Associate Director on the board of LIC Mutual Fund Asset Management Limited.


Quote of the week:


India is ready to attract new manufacturing units from world over.

: Nirmala Sitharaman



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