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ARM retiree pension fund leads the pack of retiree funds with 3.95% return

As Nigeria’s ultra conservative pension funds, the Retiree pension funds, continue their slow but steady performance.

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As Nigeria’s ultra conservative pension funds, the Retiree pension funds, continue their slow but steady performance, it has been discovered that ARM Retiree Pension fund lead the rest of the funds in this category with a 3.95% return for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 2018.

This performance which translates to an annualized return of 7.9% seems to be a good performance in a period where the average return for that sub sector of pension funds stood at 2.65% for the fiscal year. Coming as the second top performer is OAK Retiree Pension with 3.42% followed by Stanbic IBTC Retiree Fund’s 3.37%. The rest of the funds were sandwiched in returns ranging from .86% to 3.36%.

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Compared to corresponding period performance in 2017, this year’s performance isn’t too different except for outliers like APT and Crusader Retire funds that returned 7.25% and 6.44% respectively. Though the Retiree funds are mostly invested in fixed income securities like FGN securities and Treasury Bills, they seem to have been affected negatively by their global uncertainties that unsettled the equity market during the last two quarters. Unfortunately falling yields on treasury and money market instruments was not enough to provide some cushion for the zig zagging equity market. It is hoped that with the yield curve trending upwards these days, the next two quarters may be better.

However, all the RSA and Retiree funds beat the NSE Pension index which generated a negative return of -5.56% for the fiscal year ending June 30. We have our doubts as to the suitability of the NSE pension index as a bench mark to pension funds, especially the Retiree pension funds. Our doubt is predicated in the fact that the NSE pensions index is purely an all equity index whereas pension funds are predominately invested in fixed income securities.

Using the NSE pension index to measure or gauge the performance of pension funds looks very much like comparing apples and oranges, in our opinion. It may be time for the Nigeria Stock Exchange, the Security, Exchange Commission and the National pension Commission to come up with another bench market that will embody the same asset allocation profile of pension funds because a good bench mark should not only be measurable, it should also be appropriate.

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Uchenna Ndimele is the President of Quantitative Financial Analytics Ltd. MutualfundsAfrica.com and mutualfundsnigeria.com (both Quantitative Financial Analytics company website) is a leader in supplying mutual fund information, analysis, and commentary on African mutual funds. We provide reliable fund data; and ratings information that will add value to fund managers, the media, individual investors and investment clubs.

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Official: Nigerian Treasury bills calendar for Q3 2020

Official: Nigerian Treasury bills calendar for June – August 2020

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Published its Treasury Bills program for June to August 2020, indicating that it plans to raise about ₦821.8 billion in cash.

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The Central Bank sells treasury bills on a bi-weekly basis to investors and is one of the safest investments available. Interests are paid upfront and the principal paid in full upon maturity.

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How COVID-19 and low yield affect Nigeria’s pension funds

Covid-19 and low yield are conniving to rub pension fund managers of a chest-beating performance, and the pension fund investors of blissful retirement.

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Towards the end of 2019 it became evident, judging by the way interest rates were going, that pension fund managers might find it difficult to replicate prior years’ performances.

It even became more evident, when viewed against the realization that most of the assets under management by pension fund managers in Nigeria are invested in financial instruments that derive their benefits or even existence from the yield curve.

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As if that was not enough challenge, and to add insult to injury, out of nowhere and without any notice, came coronavirus. Today, those two, Covid-19 and low yield are conniving to rub pension fund managers of a chest-beating performance and the pension fund investors of their hope for a long-lasting and blissful retirement.

Already, the impacts of those two are being felt by pension funds, not only in Nigeria but the world over. My pension fund account is yet to recover from the 18% drop it suffered in March 2020.  Although Nigerian pension funds recorded positive returns during the first 4 months of the year, such returns are nothing to write home about, when compared to prior years’ returns.

According to an analysis conducted by Quantitative Financial Analytics, the RSA category of Nigerian pension funds generated an average of 1.64% on a year to date basis, as at April 30th, 2020, while the Retiree fund category generated an average return of 2.96%. Compared to a similar period in 2019, RSA funds generated an average return of 3.46% while the Retire fund category had an average of 4.13%. For the year to date, April 30th, 2020, Pension fund manager, Veritas Glanvills (VG) recorded the highest return in both categories of 4.24% and 5.38% respectively and a couple of funds made losses.

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Although those numbers are not what pension fund investors expected or hoped for, they are quite impressive when compared with what is happening elsewhere in the World. According to the Financial Times Adviser (FT Adviser), “the average pension fund fell by 15% in the first quarter of this year” in the UK, which represents “the worst quarterly performance on record”. In the United States of America, the story is the same. According to the Washington Post which described COVID-19 pandemic as a meltdown, “This meltdown has exposed the fragility of public pension systems in the United States”. In the wake of the pandemic, “Moody’s Investors Service estimated that the stock market sell-off vaporized $1 trillion of value from public pension portfolios or about 21 percent of the assets that pay for the retirement plans of state and local employees”.

In another reportorial, the NJ Spotlight, (a New Jersey Newsletter in the US), noted on March 26th, 2020, that Covid-19 hammered public pension workers to the extent that the pension system shed $6 billion since January 1st. S&P Ratings also estimated that, in the first quarter of 2020, “U.S. public pension funds in aggregate lost a cool $855 billion”.

Those underscore the bleak future facing pension fund industries all over the World and the need for Nigerian pension fund investors to be thankful with the 1% average gain that Nigerian pension fund managers were able to generate.  It is hoped that as the fight to curb or eradicate Covid-19 rages on successfully, that the performance will improve rather than get eroded.

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With that said, here are the 5 best pension fund performers in Nigeria as at April 30th 2020:

Retirement Savings Account, RSA, category:

Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund: Veritas Glanvills Pensions RSA Pension Fund 2

YTD Performance %:  4.24%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.13

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Second Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund: AIICO Pensions RSA fund 2

YTD Performance %:  3.75%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.14

3rd Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund: OAK Pensions RSA Fund 2

YTD Performance %:  3.31%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.10

4th Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund: Premium Pensions RSA Fund 2

YTD Performance %:  2.89%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.14

5th Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund: Anchor Pensions RSA Fund 2

YTD Performance %:  2.69%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.07

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Retirement Savings Account, RSA, category

Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund:  Veritas Glanvills Pension Retiree Fund 4

YTD Performance %:  5.38%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.19

Second Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund: Radix Pensions Retiree fund 4

YTD Performance %:  5.17%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.11

3rd Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund: Fidelity Pensions Retiree Fund 4

YTD Performance %:  4.27%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.14

4th Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund: ARM Pensions Retiree Fund 4

YTD Performance %:  4.21%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.16

5th Best Performing Fund: 

Name of Fund: OAK Pensions Retiree Fund 4

YTD Performance %:  3.94%

YTD Gain per unit:  N0.15


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Pension Fund Managers dump Nigerian Treasury Bills

Pension fund managers redeemed treasury bills worth N512 million Naira in the two months combined but did not invest any additional kobo into treasury bills within the same period.

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Analysis of the recently released summary of Pension Fund Asset data for the first two months of 2020 by the Pension Commission of Nigeria has shown that pension fund managers are no longer in love with Treasury Bills like they used to be in the past.

Time was when fund managers allocated much of their assets to treasury bills, but that seems to be waning as yields on treasury bills head towards subzero.

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According to the analysis, pension fund managers redeemed treasury bills worth N512 million in the two months combined but did not invest any additional kobo into treasury bills within the same period.

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Prior to this event, the pension fund had invested a combined sum of N1.88 trillion into treasury bills, representing 18.4% of total pension fund assets.

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With that development, pension fund managers allocation to treasury bills now stands at 13%. This is about the first time, in over 5 years that PFM’s are shying away from treasury bills.

The love seems to have shifted to bank placements which attracted additional investment if N420 million from pension fund managers. FGN Bonds continue their camaraderie with pension fund managers as they pumped additional N352 million into FGN bonds in January and February, combined. This seeming reallocation to bank placements is indicative of pension fund managers’ desire to hold on to their cash, while waiting and hoping that yields will trend up anytime soon.

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Yield Analysis: Fund managers who are out to seek ways to generate positive alpha or returns for their investors are running away because of the low treasury bill yields. The last Treasury Bill option that was conducted on May 13th, 2020, had stop rates of 2.5%, 2.85% and 3.84% for 91-day, 182-day and 364-day treasury bills respectively. Those rates were not enticing enough for the fund managers.

Strong Market Demand: This does not mean that Nigerian Treasury Bills are no longer in demand because, according to the NTB Auction Results sheet of May 13th, 2020, all the three tenors of treasury bills were oversubscribed.

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While the 91-day Treasury Bill had N4,384,80,000 on offer, it attracted a total subscription of N22,334,588,000, the 182-day tenor which had N12,920,900,000 on offer saw N41,194,993,000 being subscribed for, while investors bid N102,030,671,000 for the 364-day tenor which had N16,536,720,000 on offer.

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Pension Fund Asset Allocation: All said and done, FGN bonds continue to be the asset type with the highest allocation from pension managers. Out of the N10.5 trillion total pension fund asset value as at February, 29th 2020, N5.6 trillion sits with FGN Bonds, while bank placements come second with an allocation of N1.48 trillion leaving Treasury Bills in the third position with an asset allocation of N1.37 trillion.

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