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FM Arun Jaitley announced a number of steps in the Union budget to draw funds from foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). The proposals include an exemption from the provisions of indirect transfer tax for category I & II FPIs. The indirect tax provisions will still apply to category-III FPIs like corporate bodies, trusts and family offices. Category-I FPIs include foreign central banks, sovereign wealth funds and government agencies. The category-II mutual funds and banks. However, hedge funds, individuals and other high-risk foreign investors will not get this relief.
Mid-Cap & Small-cap indices have staged a sharp recovery since demonetization. The BSE Small-cap index has gained 11.8 percent, and the BSE mid-cap index has gained 11 percent since December 26, 2016. The BSE Sensex, which had hit a low of 25,807 points on December 26, has advanced 6.2 percent to 27,411 levels since then.
Between November 8 (when demonetization was triggered) and December 26, the BSE Mid-cap and Small-cap indices lost 11.5% and 11.2% respectively. However, it is expected that both Mid-Cap and small-cap stocks to remain upbeat at least till the Budget presentation.