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Tuesday 18 February 2020

EPFO likely to retain 8.65% interest rate for FY’18

New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO is expected to keep interest rate unchanged at 8.65% on provident funds for its about 5 crore members for 2017-18 at its trustees’ meet on 21 February 2018, sources said.

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has already sold exchange-traded funds (ETF) worth Rs 2,886 crore earlier this month to bridge the gap to maintain 8.65% for this fiscal, they said.

The EPFO had announced 8.65% rate of interest on deposits for 2016-17, a tad lower than 8.8% in 2015- 16.

It has earned a return of around 16% at Rs 1,054 crore which would be sufficient to provide 8.65% rate of interest this fiscal, said sources.

The income projections for the current fiscal have not been circulated along the agenda to the trustees and it would be tabled during the meeting, they said, adding the decision to sell the ETFs was taken after factoring in the income projections for the current fiscal by the EPFO.

The EPFO has been investing in ETF since August 2015 and it has so far not monetised the ETF investments. The EPFO has invested around Rs 44,000 crore in the ETFs to date.

The agenda listed for the meeting of the trustees include the proposal for the rate of interest on the EPF deposits for the current fiscal.

The trustees may also review the proposal to credit the ETFs into the members’ EPF account because a large number of members do not have that level of financial literacy.

It is proposed that the members should be given the option to have ETF credits in their EPF account.

PTI

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