From the inflation highs to the Sensex lows, from the searing interest rates to the freeze in liquidity, the past year featured some of the most jarring figures in financial history. Here are some numbers that must have made you think.
5 BEST PERFORMING STOCKS
1. Hero Honda Motors 11.8%
5 WORST PERFORMING STOCKS
1. Asian Electronic -95.3%
Price change in crude oil: -54.46%
STOCK MARKETAt Rs 29,59,269 crore, the market capitalisation of the Sensex touched an all-time high on 9 January 2008. The intra-day peak of 21,206 was the highest that the Sensex has ever touched. On 20 November, it fell to 8,451 points and the market cap plunged to Rs 12,72,330 crore.
Rs 39,686 crore was the premium collected by life insurers till October 2008. General insurers collected Rs 19,258 crore worth of premiums in the same period.
The number of new products launched by life insurance companies: 128.
Ulips generated over 80% of the life insurance business in 2007-8.
The life insurance industry is one of the biggest employment generators, with 25,04,353 agents working for it in 2007-8.
Over Rs 8,47,000 crore worth of assets were managed by life insurance companies in 2007-8.
The New Pension Scheme has 3 lakh central government employees.
The amount in the scheme: Rs 1,700 crore.
The estimated corpus of the scheme: Rs 6,000 crore.
The number of fund houses managing the scheme: 3 (LIC Pension Fund, SBI Pension Fund and UTI Pension Fund).
The home loan rates touched 14% in November 2008.
2.5 percentage points was the rise in fixed deposit rates from February to November 2008.
Rs 160 crore is the loss that the ICICI Bank’s UK subsidiary suffered in the first half of 2008-9.
The costliest flat was sold at a jaw-dropping price of Rs 1.2 lakh per square foot. It is a three-bedroom one sold by Citibank in Mumbai to actor-turned-MP Vinod Khanna and his wife Kavita, who paid Rs 30 crore for it. Khanna already has another flat in the building. His neighbours include stockbroker Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.