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EPFO may invest up to 15% of investable amount in equity markets

LiveMint logoLiveMint 19-03-2017 PTI

Hyderabad: Buoyed by the surging stock markets, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) may propose to invest up to 15% of its investable amount in equity markets during the next fiscal, Union labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said.

“We are proposing to invest up to 15% during the next year. Central Board of Trustees (CBT) meeting will be held on 30 March. We will seek its opinion. So far, during the past one-and-half year we have invested Rs18,069 crore. We are getting good yield. It is encouraging,” Dattatreya said.

According to the minister, so far in the current year, the Provident Fund body invested the amount in the two index-linked Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)—the BSE’s Sensex and the NSE’s Nifty which yielded a return of 18.13%. He said the investment proposal will be put in the CBT meeting to be held on 30 March for the final call. Dattatreya said the EPFO through fund managers had invested 14,700 crore in ETFs in the current financial year.

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A senior official said the ministry of finance gave its consent to the EPFO to invest from 5% to 15% of the investable income of the organisation every year. Investable income is the net income of the EPFO from the investments it had already made in various forms, fresh contributions among others. This year the investable income would be about Rs1.40 lakh crore, the official said.

The EPFO had started investing in ETFs in August 2015. EPFO manages a corpus of over Rs 8 lakh crore.

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