Why pension fund assets declined by N51.30bn in February – PenCom

PenCom’s Director-General, Aisha Dahir-Umar

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Pension fund assets decline of ₦51.30 billion in February was mainly attributed to the depreciation in the prices of Fixed Income Securities (FISs) in the trading portfolios of the Approved Existing Schemes (AES), RSA Funds II & IV and Closed Pension Fund Administrators (CPFA), the National Pension Commission (PenCom) has clarified.

PenCom on its website, stated that the depreciation created unrealized losses on Marked to Market FISs, stressing that values of the bonds in the trading portfolios fluctuate based on supply and demand of the underlying securities as well as the outlook of the financial market.

The pension regulator said pension fund assets which was N12.29 trillion in January, drop to N12.24 trillion in February, while total Retirement Savings Account (RSA) registration stood at 9.27 million.

PenCom said of the N12.24 trillion, pension assets, N8.13 trillion was invested in federal government securities, which breakdown revealed that N7.34 trillion was invested in bonds; N676.71 billion in treasury bills; N11.91 billion in agency bonds; N90.66 in Sukuk and N12.22 billion in green bonds.

It noted that state government securities gulped N117.82 billion; bank placement N1.52 trillion; commercial papers N106.31 billion amongst others.

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