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Currency and Interest Rates Outlook

May 23, 2021

In March 2021, Kenya saw its sovereign rating downgraded by all the major rating agencies;  Standard & Poor’s , Fitch Rating and Moody’s. The lowering of the credit rating was mainly on the back of Kenya’s high fiscal deficit coupled with the economic shocks occasioned by the challenges brought about from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  With the downgrading and the constant increase in the fiscal deficit we have seen some pressure on the local bonds yield curve which has resulted to 1.4% decline in the FTSE NSE Bond Index. Despite the challenges that have been facing the economy the shilling has held stable this year having appreciated by 0.5% YTD following a 7.7% depreciation...

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the Real Estate Industry in Kenya

May 16, 2021

Kenya’s Vision 2030 Agenda seeks to make the country an industrialized middle income economy by 2030. The government and the private sector have therefore been working on providing the right environment for implementation of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) since 1996, to deliver projects in sectors such as infrastructure, housing and student hostels, health care facilities, and agriculture. Additionally, there has been some effort in establishing sound legal and regulatory framework to promote and encourage PPPs. This week, we shall therefore cover PPPs in the real estate sector in Kenya with the aim of giving recommendations on what can be done to make them more efficient, and therefore accelerate the government Big Four Housing Agenda. The report will cover the following: Overview of Public-Private Partnership...

FY’2021/22 Budget Estimates Note

May 9, 2021

On 29th April 2021, the National Treasury presented its Budget Estimates for the next fiscal year, FY’2021/22.  It is important to note that this is the biggest budget the country has had, a 5.6% increase to Kshs 3.1 tn in FY2021/22, from last year’s Kshs 2.9 tn. Considering the effects of the pandemic, the government has taken a cautious approach in terms of revenue projections. Furthermore, the allocation of resources has been aligned to priority programs under the Big Four Agenda, the Third Medium Term Plan (2018-2022) of the Vision 2030 blueprint, and various initiatives under the Post Covid-19 Economic Recovery Strategy. This is to ensure spending is directed towards the most criti...

Unit Trust Funds Performance- FY’2020

May 9, 2021

Unit Trust Funds (UTFs) are collective investment schemes that pool funds from different investors and are managed by professional fund managers. The fund managers invest the pooled funds in a portfolio of securities with the aim of generating returns in line with the specific objectives of the fund. Following the release of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Quarterly Statistical Bulletin – Q1’2021, we examine the performance of Unit Trust Funds in Kenya with a key focus on the Money Market Fund as it has the largest market share of 89.6% as at December 2020. We shall analyze the following: Performance of the Unit Trust Funds Industry, Performance of M...

CMMF Fact Sheet April-2020

May 3, 2021

FUND PERFORMANCE * Percentage you can expect to earn with the fund during one year of investment on basis of the so far realized monthly returns since inception. FUND MANAGERS REPORT AND OUTLOOK Fund Objective The Cytonn Money Market Fund is a low-risk fund that seeks to obtain a high level of current income while protecting investor’s capital and liquidity. Portfolio Strategy The Cytonn Money Market Fund successfully delivered above-market returns in April 2021, averaging 10.5% p.a. The Fund outperformed the industry average and its benchmark of 91-day T-Bill+1% points at 8.1%. Portfolio Performance T...