Taxed, ultra HNIs turn to tax-free bonds

These bonds currently yield 5.5- 5.9 per cent, compared with 6.1-6.5 per cent a month ago. What makes these attractive to the ultra high-net-worth individuals is that the returns are tax free — that is an enticement for those who are taxed at as high as 42.74 per cent as per the new tax proposals. If the tax benefit is accounted for, the “return for the highest tax-bracket investor will be more than 10 per cent, making for an attractive investment opportunity.

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