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Retirement savings options got better in 2014

The year proved to be a watershed with the Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) effecting many changes in the way the fund is managed.

He further said that these agents would be trained to cater to employers as well as employees who could be educated or uneducated.
In its meeting, the Central Board of Trustees would deliberate on investment challenges in the changed economic scenario particularly in equity.
At present, investment in private category bonds has not been more than 4% of the total allotted 10%, mainly due to very restrictive guidelines.
"With this (10 lakh settlements in November), total number of claims settled by the EPFO has touched 85 lakhs, said Central Provident Fund Commissioner K K Jalan.
RV Verma, member, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) on the rationale behind recent changes in National Pension System.
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Recently, a section of EPFO had favoured investment of a part of corpus in the shares of profit-making public sector blue chip companies.
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According the official, the EPFO has developed a mechanism by which PF accounts can be transfered online from an un-exempted firm to exempted organisation (PPFT).