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Retirement Benefits Schemes Performance in Kenya

Mar 7, 2021

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) FinAccess Report 2019, the pensions industry has witnessed significant growth with the number of registered members growing by a 10-year CAGR of 15.7% to 3.0 mn members in 2019, from 0.7 mn registered members in 2009. Additionally, Assets Under Management have grown by a 10-year CAGR of 15.8% to Kshs 1.3 tn as of December 2019, from Kshs 0.3 tn in 2009. This growth has been attributed to the mass education drives on the importance of retirement savings by the Retirement Benefits Authority and the industry players. Financial technology has also played a huge role by; i) making it easier for Kenyans to join and contribute to pension schemes, and, ii) improving the communication between the schemes and members. This week, we turn our focus to the historical performance and asset allocation of pension schemes in Kenya with a key focus on 2020....

Unit Trust Funds Performance- Q3’2020

Feb 21, 2021

Unit Trust Funds (UTFs) are collective investment schemes that pool funds from many 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 – Q4’2020, we examine the performance of Unit Trust Funds, as the total Assets Under Management (AUM) have  been steadily increasing and they are among the most popular investment options in the Kenyan market. We will further analyze the performance of Money Market Funds, a product under Unit Trust Funds. In our previous focus on Unit Trust Funds, we looked at the

Lifestyle Communities

Feb 14, 2021

The real estate residential sector has witnessed numerous trends that are gradually being embraced with changing times and customer preference, with individuals looking for developments with unique features that help improve their quality of life. Lifestyle communities aim at offering a comprehensive and luxurious work, live and play environment and are differentiated by their location, unit size and designs, quality of finishes, array of amenities and facilities and thus have an associated feel of prestige. This week we shall focus on the lifestyle community concept with the aim of explaining what they are, highlighting their performance within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and providing recommendations on their viability as a real estate investment. We shall look into; Introduction to Lifestyle Communities, Lifestyle Communities in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area and Factors Driving Them, Challenges facing Development of Lifestyl...

Mobile Payments

Feb 7, 2021

With the emergence of COVID-19, measures to reduce the spread of the virus such as: social distancing, working from home and minimizing physical touch, have been put in place by most governments and consequently, this has led to the adoption of cashless payment systems.  According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), since March 2020, the country has witnessed a rapid increase in mobile and digital payments with the monthly volume of Person-to-person transactions increasing by 87.0% to hit Kshs 684.5 bn. On 28th December 2020, CBK circulated the draft Kenya National Payment System Vision and Strategy 2021-2025, a strategy document which sets out the vision and strategic initiatives for the National Payment System for the next five years (2021-2025) for comments from the public up to 29th January 2021. This move by the Central Bank is aimed at beefing up re...

Property Regulations in Kenya

Jan 24, 2021

Introduction Overview of the Land Sector in Kenya Land plays a significant role in the socio-economic and political development of the country. Therefore, its ownership, allocation, distribution and utilization is of great concern to most Kenyans thus making it one of the contentious issues that requires a lasting solution in effective legal and institutional framework. Land is either public, private or community land, with ownership being either on a freehold tenure which gives the holder absolute ownership of the land for life, or leasehold tenure in which the interest in land for a specific period is subject to payment of a fee, rate or rent to the grantor. The National Land Policy in Kenya recommends leases of not more than 99 years with a possibility of extension when the lessee applies for an extension of term before the...