EPFO gets govt nod to invest 5 per cent corpus in stock markets
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EPFO gets govt nod to invest 5% corpus in stock markets

"We will invest 5 per cent of the investible funds of EPFO into the ETF. The new investment pattern has been notified about two-three days ago," Labour Secretary Shankar Aggarwal said.

 PTI   
  • New Delhi,  April 24, 2015  
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  • UPDATED   16:32 IST
EPFO gets govt nod to invest 5% corpus in stock markets
Labour Ministry has notified new investment pattern for EPFO, which allows the body to invest 5 per cent of its funds into ETFs. (Photo: Reuters)

The government has allowed retirement fund body Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to invest 5 per cent of its corpus in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which will result into an inflow of around Rs 5,000 crore into the stock markets during this fiscal.

Labour Ministry has notified new investment pattern for EPFO, which allows the body to invest 5 per cent of its funds into ETFs.

"We will invest 5 per cent of the investible funds of EPFO into the ETF. The new investment pattern has been notified about two-three days ago," Labour Secretary Shankar Aggarwal told reporters on Friday.

According to estimates, EPFO's incremental deposits for 2014-15 would be around Rs 80,000 crore. During the current fiscal, the incremental deposits could be around Rs 1 lakh crore as the body had increased the monthly wage ceiling for coverage under its social security schemes to Rs 15,000 from Rs 6,500 in September last year.

Elaborating further, Aggarwal said: "We will begin by one per cent and go up to five per cent by the end of this financial year. They (EPFO) have to reach the figure of 5 per cent by the end of this financial year."

He further said: "The Finance Ministry had advised us to invest 5-15 per cent of corpus in equity market. We are entering into the equity market for the first time, therefore, we are a little cautious. It is hard earned money of the employees. We cannot take that kind of risk (investing 15 per cent of corpus in equity). By end of this fiscal year we will touch a figure of 5 per cent."

Aggarwal added: "We have to begin investments in ETF only. We will decide how much proportion we will invest in PSU ETFs. If it is in the interest of workers then we will do that."