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EPFO appoints SBI, 3 others to manage Rs3.5 lakh crore corpus

Besides SBI and ICICI Securities, the Central Board of Trustees, the high decision making body of the EPFO, also approved the names of Reliance Capital and HSBC Asset Management Company

New Delhi: The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) today decided to appoint four fund managers including SBI and ICICI Securities to managing its corpus of Rs3.5 lakh crore for three years beginning 1 September 2011, reports PTI.

Besides SBI and ICICI Securities, Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the high decision making body of the EPFO, also approved the names of Reliance Capital and HSBC Asset Management Company (AMC).

The CBT, however, dropped the name of ICICI Prudential which was recommended by the EPFO's Financial Advisory Council (FIC) earlier in the day, sources said.

The decision to appoint fund managers for the EPFO was taken by the CBT which was presided over by labour and employment minister Mallikarjun Kharge.

As many as ten companies had shown interest in managing the corpus of the EPFO.

The other companies which were in the race for managing the EPFO funds were Kotak Mahindra AMC, Securities Trading Corporation of India, UTI AMC, Birla Sun Life AMC and Franklin Templeton AMC.

Among those companies approved by the FIC, ICICI Securities quoted the lowest rate of 3 paise per annum for managing Rs10,000, sources said.

Reliance Capital quoted a rate of 4 paise per annum for managing Rs10,000, HSBC AMC 36 paise and SBI Re1.

The EPFO had appointed multiple fund managers for the first time in July 2008 for earning better rate of return on deposits for its 4.72 crore subscribers.

Before that, SBI was the sole fund manager for the retirement fund body since its inception in 1952.

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