Central Board of Trustees, the apex decision making body of EPFO, in its meeting on 14th January is likely to approve proposal to appoint a consultant to start process for selection of new fund managers
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) is planning to decide next month on hiring a consultant for starting process of selection of new fund managers for its huge corpus of about Rs5 lakh crore.
According to agenda of a meeting of Central Board of Trustees’ (CBT), the apex decision making body of EPFO, the proposal for appointment of the consultant would be discussed and approved.
The consultant would also evaluate the performance of new fund managers and appoint a custodian and concurrent auditor for the EPFO. At present, ratings agency CRISIL is providing consultancy services to the EPFO.
The existing four fund managers of EPFO – SBI, HSBC AMC, Reliance Capital and ICICI Securities Primary Dealership – were appointed for three years beginning 1 September 2011.
Among the four managers, SBI manages biggest chunk of fund with 35% of corpus followed by ICICI Securities Primary Dealership at 25%. HSBC AMC and Reliance Capital manage 20% each.
In the last bidding, Reliance Capital had quoted a fee of 4 paisa per annum for managing Rs10,000, and was the second lowest bidder after ICICI Securities Primary Dealership which quoted a rate of 3 paisa.
SBI had quoted a price of Re1 per Rs10,000 per annum whereas HSBC AMC’s rate was 36 paisa.
The CBT had approved the appointment of Standard Chartered Bank as custodian of securities of EPFO and Chandabhoy and Jassoobhoy of Mumbai as external concurrent auditor for the body.
The EPFO had appointed multiple fund managers for the first time in July, 2008, for earning better rate of return on deposits for its over five crore subscribers.
During the two-and-half-year tenure from 17 September 2008 to 31 March 2011, ICICI Pru had provided highest yield (return) of 8.72% followed by HSBC AMC (8.64%), SBI (8.61%) and Reliance Capital (8.57%) against the benchmark yield of 8.52%.
Before July 2008, SBI was the sole fund manager for the retirement fund body since its inception in 1952.
According to Cebr WELT report demographics and economic growth will eventually drive the Indian economy up and the forecast for 2028 has India overtaking Japan to become the world’s third largest economy
London-based economic consultancy Cebr has said India is likely to overtake Japan in 2028 to become the third largest economy in the world after China and the US.
According to Cebr’s World Economic League Table (WLT) report for 2013, India has lost a place in the league table during the year to Canada and is now the 11th largest economy in the world. In the 2013 league table, India is at the 11th place with a GDP of $1,758 billion, and by 2018 the country is likely to be at the 9th place with a GDP of $2,481 billion, and by 2023 it would be at fourth place, with GDP size of $4,124 billion, and it will claim third spot with GDP of $6,560 billion by 2028, it said.
“But demographics and economic growth will eventually drive the Indian economy up the table and the forecast for 2028 has India becoming the world’s third largest economy overtaking Japan,” the report said.
The Cebr WELT is an annual calculation by the consultancy. The base data for 2012 is taken from the IMF World Economic Outlook and the GDP forecast draws on Cebr’s Global Prospects model to forecast growth, inflation and exchange rates.
The report gives an end-of-year report on GDP in the 30 largest economies in the world and forecasts countries that will be in the ‘top thirty’ after five, 10 and 15 years.
The 2013 league table shows only two changes in the list of top 20 economies. Firstly, Russia overtook recession-stricken Italy to gain eighth place and Canada overtook India as a result of the collapse of the rupee to retake its position as the second largest economy in the Commonwealth and the 10th largest economy in the world, the report said.
By the year 2018, the emerging economies will be “on the move”. Russia would be at the sixth place; India ninth, Mexico 12th, Korea 13th and Turkey 17th, it said.
By 2023, India and Brazil would be “on the march” and are likely to claim the fourth and fifth place, respectively.
By the year 2028, the league table will be reordered.
China will move to the number one place, followed by the US (2nd), India (3rd), Mexico (9th) and Canada (10th).
The report further said China’s GDP in dollar terms is likely to overtake the US in 2028 — much later than most previous predictions.
Meanwhile, the UK would overtake Germany to become the largest Western European economy ‘around 2030’, it added.
This is with reference to the status of B-school education in India. There are people from industry who have made a transition from a corporate role to an academic one but the compensation awarded to faculty members in second-rung management schools is way too meagre. Compensation in an academic career and corporate career are completely mismatched. There are no performance appraisals in an academic career and, if you travel to a conference, you are expected to travel only by buses; the bus tickets have to be attached to your voucher for reimbursement. The Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations have not been implemented in many management colleges in cities like Pune and Bengaluru. Faculty members are driven to the point of frustration. There are private universities, in cities like Bengaluru, which charge a bomb for a two-year MBA programme but offer no guarantee for placements. This is the reason many students chose to opt out of an MBA programme in the current academic year.
The MBA syllabus has remained unchanged for more than a decade and there is very little participation of corporate world in academia. You have some familiar faces from the corporate world who visit a two-day workshop for 20 minutes and that is it. It appears that even the NAAC accreditation is a big joke. Managements, in most colleges, have to balance between admitting lower rung students with poor academic credentials in MBA programmes just for the sake of financial viability. They seldom realise that in doing so, they end up diluting academic standards to abysmal levels. It then becomes a vicious cycle because poor quality students do not get placements and poor placement record keeps good students away. This leads to further deterioration in the quality of students who enrol for MBA.
At one such private university in Bengaluru, the faculty are put to such immense pressure that many leave the university within two years. As if this were not enough, students are asked to rate faculty’s performance and, based on the so-called feedback, faculty are simply chucked out.
The management of some B-schools in Pune is seldom interested in upgrading the infrastructure. Shabby toilets, unpainted classrooms, broken chairs in classrooms, poor hostel facilities, projectors that do not work—all these add to the woes of the students and faculty members. Many colleges end up treating their students so badly that negative word-of-mouth publicity dissuades future students from joining the college. The situation is pretty much grim.
Chandraprabha Venkatagiri, Mumbai, by email
MIS-SELLING OR FORCE-SELLING?
I appreciate your efforts and support provided to victims of wrong selling by banks. Because of Moneylife’s efforts, many investors got justice. However, I have observed that in many cases handled and resolved by you, the client blindly trusted the banker and was not careful in his dealings. While making any investment decision, if the investor reads the documents carefully, there is less room to regret afterwards.
Thus, through Moneylife, on the one hand, we should educate the common man to read the documents carefully before investing and not to be careless; on the other hand, we should inform the banks to make sure that their employees provide and allow clients to read the risk disclosure fine-print.
On many occasions, I have noticed bank employees don’t allow customers to fill the form; they themselves fill the form. Because of this, customers don’t get an opportunity to read the fine-print. So, through Moneylife, we can ask various banks to look into this issue and allow clients to fill up the form themselves or, at least, allow clients to read the form.
All banks, via their website and other media, should inform clients about their right of choice and right to say NO; banks should ask their employee to respect clients’ fundamental rights. Because of this, whenever an employee tries to force-sell any financial product, even after the client says NO, the client can immediately point out the salesman. This will be a big tool in hands of customers who are prey to force-selling.
Now, if customers as well as employees are taught and informed about customers’ rights and, if banks order their employees in no uncertain terms, to stop immediately as soon as a customer says ‘not interested’, there will be neither force-selling and nor mis-selling .
At present, while closing a bank account, customers are asked to give reasons for account closure. Here, again, the bank should understand the customers’ right of choice. As long as the customer does not give a reason, banks hesitate to close the accounts. So, my submission is that we must educate the customers rightly. Things will improve then.
It seems there is already the code of ethics by Indian Banks Association but some bank employees do not follow it. This is why, sometimes, we receive phone calls at odd hours from their marketing team. If we make some customers alert, as soon as code of ethics is violated, the whistle will be blown by the well-informed customer and banks will be compelled to follow ethical practices.
Prashant Mehta, by email
PROBLEM SOLVED, SATISFIED!
I feel proud to be a subscriber of Moneylife and to see the management of the magazine immediately responding to a subscriber’s problem, despite their busy schedule. Regarding the banking problem, I had made a detailed complaint to two senior general managers; the matter has been settled amicably now due to your intervention.
Thanks very much again for the resolve to assist people in this altruistic fashion. Wishing Moneylife all the very best in all its endeavours.
Dr Jayaram Subramanian, by email
GOOD WAY TO GO PAPERLESS?
This is with regard to “Get the best of online shopping for the holiday season” by Raj Pradhan. Personally, I buy almost everything online, mostly electronics. Of course, the risk of scams is real; it can be exhausting as well. But, with some good sense and patience, you can get great deals online. To manage my purchases better, I am also using a new web app, unioncy.com, helpful for tracking warranties and receipts and storing all the documentation on cloud. It’s a good way to go paperless and stop worrying about lost receipts or expired warranties.
“NAMED AND SHAMED!”
This is with regard to “Kingfisher Airlines is biggest defaulter of public sector banks”. Thanks Mr Utagi for coming out with the data that was always available but deliberately withheld from public scrutiny. It is now up to the Parliamentary Standing Committee to take it up suo moto and ascertain the full facts about the poor risk assessment, deliberate low monitoring of the advances, lack of proactive checks, and faulty debt restructuring leading to backdoor write-off without proper approvals. Since high-profile, big-ticket players are out to sabotage any enquiry, only those with impeccable credentials should be associated with the inquiry. There has to be immediate action to put up all the charged assets on sale, to realise whatever is possible; above all, banks must immediately freeze any further funding by insisting that the promoters pump in additional funds right away.
In addition, borrowers and their guarantors ought to be named and shamed by each bank, now that the High Court has cleared the publishing their mugshots.
A LESSON NOT TO FORGET
This is with regard to “Equity mutual funds register highest sales in November as market hovers near all-time high” by Jason Monteiro. Here is an excerpt from one of the highly acclaimed investing books: BULL! A History of the Boom 1982 -1999: “Throughout most of 1988, people were still taking more money out of equity funds than they were putting in; but investors who sold would watch neighbours who bought grow rich. It was a lesson they would never forget.”
This is with regard to “Pramod Mittal spent 60 million Euros on daughter’s lavish wedding?” Thank you very much for this brave article which, as I am aware, is totally based on facts. I am in them process of and/or have shared this and/or am sharing this extensively on social media as well as through other means, and have filed and/or shall file specific RTI applications as well as public grievances on this subject with the authorities in India as well as the European Union, including in context with the other information. Keep it up, and even if you get legal notices, do remember, we are with you!
GOOD COMPANIES’ SHARES ARE OVERPRICED?
This is with regard to “Retail Tales: Investing in India’s retail stocks” by R Balakrishnan. The problem with good FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) and pharmaceutical companies is that nobody can ever buy them at 1 ‘peg ratio’ (price/ earnings/ growth ratio). They are always overpriced... If I am not mistaken, Aswath Damodaran says “Good companies may not be good investments.”
Vinayak Bhimrao Mudholkar
This is with regard to “Disabled people can use RTI to good effect” by Vinita Deshmukh. Thank you for reacting so promptly post our session at our conference. Your work has always been exemplary and I hope that our association will go a long way in making things change.
Anita Iyer Narayan