Lowest return on pension savings will exceed national inflation rate –managing company

Lowest return on pension savings will exceed national inflation rate –managing company

YEREVAN, December 6. / ARKA /. The lowest return on pension savings of Armenian citizens will exceed the national inflation rate, Konrad Karner, a board member of a pension fund managing company C-QUADRAT AMPEGA ASSET MANAGEMENT Armenia that was granted by Armenian Central Bank a permission to run an Armenian pension fund, said to a news conference today.

He said C-QUADRAT AMPEGA ASSET MANAGEMENT will set up in Armenia three pension funds with stable, conservative and balanced profitability rates as part of mandatory pension savings fund reform coming into force from January, 2014.

Under the ‘stable’ fund all pension savings of a future pensioner will be invested in debt instruments, such as bank deposits and government bonds. Under the “conservative" retirement plan 75 % of the savings will be invested in debt instruments, while 25% in equity securities. Under the “balanced” plan the ratio will be fifty-fifty.

According to Karner, investment in Armenian government bonds will ensure profitability twice the rate of inflation.

The government expects next year inflation to range within the band of 4% (±1.5%). The weighted average yield on long-term government bonds in September 2013 was 15.6 %.
Konrad Karner said also the amount of pension savings to be collected in the first two years will not be too large.

According to preliminary estimates of NASDAQ OMX Armenia stock exchange, the amount of annual pension savings will range from $100 million to $150 million.

On December 2 the Central Bank of Armenia awarded licenses to C-QUADRAT Ampega Asset Management Armenia to manage investment funds in Armenia. The company is a joint venture of C -QUADRAT Investment AG (Austria) and Talanx Asset Management GmbH (Germany).

C-QUADRAT is an asset management company, founded in 1991 in Vienna. At present it has offices in 13 countries in Europe overseeing assets worth approximately EUR 5 billion.

In 2012, C-QUADRAT was recognized as the best investment company in Germany by "Börse Online" magazine. It was assigned AA rating by Standard & Poor's rating agency.

Talanx Asset Management GmbH is a member of group of companies Talanx - the third largest insurance corporation in Germany with 27 billion euro revenues earned in 2012. Talanx has been on the market for over a hundred years working in 150 countries and  managing assets worth 100 billion euros. -0-

15:27 06.12.2013

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