Archive for September 29th, 2009

EPFO Panel to Meet in October for Parking Money in Stock Market

The Finance and Investment Committee (FIC), key advisory body of the Employees Provident Fund Organization, would meet next month in order to take a view on parking 3 to 5 per cent of its large corpus of Rs 2.57 lakh crore in the capital market.
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As per the EPFO sources, this was a long pending issue and was likely to be discussed at the committee meeting scheduled next month. If this proposal got the nod then it would result flowing of Rs 13,000 crore into the stock markets. FIC would make necessary recommendations to Central Board of Trustees, EPFO”s apex body, for the final decision, after the evaluation of the proposal

At a recent meeting of FIC, it was felt in order to enhance or maintain overall returns to the subscribers as fixed-income products, an alternative avenues are a must.

CBT this July had dumped the proposal of parking up to 15 per cent of its funds in equities. However, K P Krishnan, joint secretary in the finance ministry, then told the trustees that EPFO could start parking 3-5 per cent of corpus in stock markets, if CBT members had reservations about investing in equities.

BULLION TURNING TO BILLION

Gold has always been one of the favorite avenues for investors to put their money during any economic uncertainty. We’re into a new phase of this bull market that’s been going on since 2004. Factors like the credit crisis, ups and downs in the global economy, the response of the governments and the monetary authorities set up a very positive environment for gold, not only in the near term, but many years to come.
On the contrary,jewelry demand, however, has fallen off a cliff—it’s almost non-existing right now and a lot of scrap is coming into the market due to very high prices. This is also one of the reasons for which we had witnessed some range bound moves in gold prices in past few months. (Two dynamics in the gold market were pulling against each other as strong investment demand and very weak jewelry demand.
Gold is up by roughly 250% since 1999 and approx. 25% from Sept. 2008 till date as we’re seeing money coming into the gold sector. I think the gold market is out of crisis mode. It has been recognized as an alternative, as a safe haven hedge. Sentiment among investors, especially individuals, is very positive. It’s mainly high net worth individuals who are buying the stuff up with a long-term view. Over the period of time we have also seen that investors are putting more and more money into gold as an investment. However, this increase in investment has come from tiny levels. Retail investment in gold remains tiny comparative to investments in equity and bond markets. Also, the physical gold market is such a tiny market comparative to equity, bond, currency and derivative markets that even small flows from these massively larger markets can result in outsize moves up in the gold price in future.

Gold has always been one of the favorite avenues for investors to put their money during any economic uncertainty.
Gold Coin

We’re into a new phase of this bull market that’s been going on since 2004. Factors like the credit crisis, ups and downs in the global economy, the response of the governments and the monetary authorities set up a very positive environment for gold, not only in the near term, but many years to come.

On the contrary,jewelry demand, however, has fallen off a cliff—it’s almost non-existing right now and a lot of scrap is coming into the market due to very high prices. This is also one of the reasons for which we had witnessed some range bound moves in gold prices in past few months. (Two dynamics in the gold market were pulling against each other as strong investment demand and very weak jewelry demand.

Gold is up by roughly 250% since 1999 and approx. 25% from Sept. 2008 till date as we’re seeing money coming into the gold sector. I think the gold market is out of crisis mode. It has been recognized as an alternative, as a safe haven hedge. Sentiment among investors, especially individuals, is very positive. It’s mainly high net worth individuals who are buying the stuff up with a long-term view. Over the period of time we have also seen that investors are putting more and more money into gold as an investment.

However, this increase in investment has come from tiny levels. Retail investment in gold remains tiny comparative to investments in equity and bond markets. Also, the physical gold market is such a tiny market comparative to equity, bond, currency and derivative markets that even small flows from these massively larger markets can result in outsize moves up in the gold price in future.