Here is a look at the taxes that apply to short-term and long-term gains from these two asset classes. : Real estate and gold have traditionally formed a large chunk of Indian investors’ portfolios. However, over the past few years, returns from them have been poor to negative. Apart from keeping gold or real estate for self-use, investments in these two asset classes doesn’t make much economic sense. But if you choose to reduce exposure to gold and real estate, do pay attention to the tax rules that will apply.