Investing in stocks will be cheaper now with Finance Minister P Chidambaram proposing a cut in the securities transaction tax, or STT. He proposed to make the following reductions in the rates of tax:
Equity futures: from 0.017% to 0.01 percent
MF/ETF redemptions at fund counters: from 0.25 to 0.001 percent
MF/ETF purchase/sale on exchanges: from 0.1 to 0.001 percent, only on the seller
He also proposed to introduce Commodities Transaction Tax (CTT) on non-agricultural commodities futures contracts at the same rate as on equity futures, that is, at 0.01 percent of the price of the trade. Trading in commodity derivatives will not be considered as a 'speculative transaction' and CTT shall be allowed as deduction if the income from such transaction forms part of business income. Agricultural commodities will be exempt.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc (9437.T) will unload its 26.5 percent stake in loss-making Indian mobile phone joint venture Tata Teleservices Ltd and exit the country as it struggles with tough price competition, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. NTT DoCoMo will make a formal decision at a board meeting on Friday, the sources said. An NTT DoCoMo spokesman said the company was considering various options for its overseas operations but that nothing had been decided. Japan's top …