Monday, December 27, 2010

LIC to invest Rs 61K cr in equity market

Unfazed by controversy surrounding its housing finance arm, country’s largest insurer Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) plans to pump in about Rs 61,000 crore in the equity market during this fiscal.“This year we are likely to invest around Rs 61,000 crore (in equity market),” LIC managing director Thomas Mathew said. Increase in exposure to equity market secondary or primary market would depend on market condition, he said.“We hold shares for long term. Whether it’s down or up it’s opportunity for us,” he said.“Now it’s (market) up so we have booked profit. Already this year we have made good profits. Last year, total profit by churning portfolio was Rs 9,400 crore full year,” he said.However, during this year till mid-October LIC has earned Rs 12,000 crore by churning portfolio, he added. During the April-October period of the current fiscal, LIC has breached the Rs 50,000 crore mark. LIC’s new premium stood at Rs 50,605 crore compared with Rs 30,469 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 66 per cent. Overall, the life insurance industry mopped up new premium of Rs 69,706 crore during April-October this year, up from Rs 46,689 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal

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