Interesting Facts about the Gold Price Movement in India and the Fate of Gold in 2014

In the history of gold prices the world over, gold prices crashed in 2013, after 32 years.  Fears that the US Federal Reserve would entirely do away with the economic stimulus abetted this fall.  This shocked many, as a common belief was held amongst people that gold prices can only go up.  Historically, gold has been considered as a haven of safe investment.  Rising inflation, the recession, limited risk-free investment options available in market, and negative real interest rates drove the Read more [...]

OTP Display Cards: Opportunities and Challenges in Implementation

Present scenario The use of payment cards in India for transactions has been increasing at a faster rate. According to the Reserve Bank of India there are close to 400 million payment cards in circulation in India (2013). The number of cards used has more than doubled in the recent five years period. The transaction volumes using payment cards also show healthy increase of close to 40% annual growth rate in the recent past. However, with the increase in growth rate of use of payment cards, there Read more [...]

Overview of Venture Capital Investments in India, 2012-14: Will More Venture Capitalists Invest in 2014?

The Venture Capitalists are active once again in India.  After a brief lull in the recent past, there are indications of higher investment activities in the coming days.  The VC market witnessed a decrease in investment in the year 2012 compared to the previous year.   It was reported that there was 7.2% decline in investment in 2012 compared to the previous year.  Details of the investment of venture capital firms in India are as follows,   2012 2011 Total investment $762 million $1,094 Read more [...]

What are the Tax Benefit Options for Venture Capital (VC) Funds in India? How Venture Capitalists can Benefit from India Tax Rules?

Venture Capital firms, generally known as VCs are benefited by manner of tax exemptions.  Internationally, VC Funds are treated as pass through vehicles which helps to eliminate income tax at the pool level.  A pass through status is desirable for all funds because their IRR will be higher as the sale proceeds can be passed on to the investors without payment of any taxes.  The final recipient needs to pay income tax and the intermediary body is exempted.  This is to avoid double taxation of Read more [...]