Tata Mutual Fund launches 369 days fixed maturity plan

Tata Mutual Fund new issue closes 18th October

Tata Mutual Fund has launched Tata Fixed Maturity Plan Series 37 Scheme B, a close-ended income scheme.

The investment objective of the scheme is to generate income and / or capital appreciation by investing in wide range of Debt and Money Market instruments having maturity in line with the maturity of the scheme. The maturity of all investments shall be equal to or less than the maturity of the scheme. The tenure of the scheme is 369 days.

The new issue closes on 18 October 2011. The minimum investment amount is Rs10,000.

Crisil Short Term Bond Fund Index is the benchmark index. Murthy Nagarajan is the fund manager.

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Govt mulls ways to popularise new pension system

Of the total 24 lakh subscribers of NPS, only around 45,000 are from the informal sector. NPS is a government-run retirement scheme for individuals, including those in the unorganised sector

The government is looking at ways to popularise the new pension system (NPS) by strengthening the distribution base to reach out to the informal sector, a finance ministry official said today.

Of the total 24 lakh subscribers of NPS, only around 45,000 are from the informal sector. NPS is a government-run retirement scheme for individuals, including those in the unorganised sector.

"We are aiming at increasing the subscriber base by way of strengthening Points-of-Presence (PoPs), which will enable us to reach out to people," the official said. PoPs are the first points of interaction with NPS subscribers. Authorised branches act as collection points and extend customer services.
There are about 30 PoPs in the country at present. The official said the ministry is looking at ways to reduce expenditure and reach out to people to increase participation.

"We need to increase awareness among people about NPS. We are trying to find ways to reduce distribution expenses and involving state agencies to reach out to the informal sector.

Of the total NPS subscribers, over 7.92 lakh are central government employees, 9,042 are from private companies, 41,826 are employees from central autonomous bodies. About 7.84 lakh subscribers are from state governments.

Earlier this year, a committee set up by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) had suggested substantial lowering of the cost of buying NPS, besides providing incentives to distributor, which could help in increase in sales the scheme.

The report also recommended bringing down the minimum annual subscription of Rs6,000 for the main NPS to Rs1,000 per year so as to ease the entry barrier for investors. It would also help attract lower-end customers towards NPS.

NPS, launched for all citizens in May 2009, failed to take-off due to lack of sales ''push''. So far it has attracted only 50,000 individual buyers, out of the over 400 million workforce in the country.

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COMMENTS

D A Bhatt

5 years ago

NPS has been failed because it is aheterogenus scheme with defined contribution and undefined return on maturity which can be negative.Majority of private subscribers are not aware of equity market gambling and ULIP's juglaries oriented calculation procedures. To make it successful make it homogeneus and defined contribition scheme with definend net return every year and on maturity.

Value of credit card transactions up by 29% in August 2011

According to the RBI data, transactions using credit card during the April-August period of this fiscal stood at Rs37,678.25 crore, against Rs29,024.75 crore in the same period of 2010-11

Transactions carried out using credit cards in August were worth Rs8,078.98 crore, 29.1% more than that in the same month last year. Credit card transactions in August 2010 amounted to Rs6,259.42 crore. The number of credit cards in circulation has, however, declined by over 6.7% to 1.75 crore as of 31 August 2011, from 1.88 crore at the end of the same period last year.

According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data, transactions using credit card during the April-August period of this fiscal stood at Rs37,678.25 crore, against Rs29,024.75 crore in the same period of 2010-11. Meanwhile, debit card transactions were up by 37.3% in August to Rs4,560.52 crore from Rs3,321.09 crore in the corresponding month last year. There were over 25.14 crore debit cards in use in the country as of 31August 2011, up from 20 crore in the year-ago period. Transactions by debit card during April-August period were up 43.5% to Rs20,483.87 crore.

The latest jump in transactions through credit and debit cards signals continuation of growth observed in the last fiscal, according to experts. In 2010-11, transactions through credit cards in the country went up by 22.15% to touch Rs75,515.68 crore in value terms. In addition, debit card transactions went up by 46.46% last fiscal to Rs38,691.88 crore. Experts said the jump in transaction points to greater use of the electronic payments system as the people move away from old formats of payment, especially in major urban centres.

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