Tax breaks still lure savings

Written by The Financial Express | Updated: Feb 13 2008, 05:24am hrs
The article (Self-sustained savings, Feb 11) argues that its time to do away with tax breaks or bring pension products in line with tax treatment of small savings. But savings, investments and returns are not synonymous. As a safely regulated stockmarket is a myth, its irresponsible to suggest that we leave senior citizens and small investors at the mercy of bulls and bears. We have had enough bad experiences with NBFCs. Every investor would like security and returns, in that order, and not as mutually exclusive benefits. Also, private sector life insurers clamour for tax rebates (under Sec 80C) for their products, and the demand to grant a separate exemption upto Rs 1 lakh for insurance policies, defy the contention that tax breaks dont affect investment decisions. Note how the extention of 80C cover to equity-linked schemes has improved their desirability at the retail level.

Subhashree Kishore, New Delhi

Manipulation case

Your point is well made: the grey market for IPOs is taking investors for a ride (Power blink, Feb 12). The overpricing of IPOs is sought to be justified by analysts through concepts such as sum of the parts and embedded value. The market regulator failed in its duty to curb the grey market and tackle the problem of market manipulation. Hopefully, Sebi will now plug the loopholes, and action will be taken against market manipulators.

Vijay Mullaji