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Pension Strategy Conference 2020 - Putting It All Together Featured

07 Apr, 2020
  • Written By: Albert Boateng

The 2020 edition of the Pension Strategy Conference, a collaboration between Axis Pension Trust and CFA Society of Ghana, brought together key stakeholders to take stock and strategize for the future as we mark the tenth anniversary of the implementation of Act 766. It is widely recognized that significant progress has been made in the pension industry since Act 766 came into force. Testament to this success is the growth in pension assets to over GHS 13 billion, inclusive of assets managed by Private Corporate Trustees such as Axis Pension Trust.

PSC 2020: Stakeholder Panel Discussion

 

The governance of pension assets as initially designed by stakeholders to ensure safety has largely been attained. Some of the key takeaways from the conference are highlighted below:

Improve Pension Coverage with Informal Sector

However, the conservative nature of pension assets in Ghana – over 70 percent invested in government securities could derail growth of the industry. In addition, pension coverage which stands at a 1.6 percent penetration rate is woefully inadequate and could exacerbate the issue. To boost coverage, formalizing the informal sector could provide the answer and in that vein ongoing efforts to digitize the economy would be an important enabler in the formalization process.

Increase Diversity of Pension Portfolio

The general consensus from the conference was the need to consider increasing exposure to non-sovereign assets that offer higher risk adjusted return such as Equities, Private equity and Real Estate. The right regulatory framework should be instituted for these asset classes to exist in the ecosystem and practitioners must ensure that capacity is built in-house in order to evaluate these assets on behalf of scheme members/beneficiaries. The government can go a step further by providing incentives to promote the development of these asset classes.

Explore Offshore Opportunities for Diversification

In addition, taking into account that 100 percent of pension assets are invested in Ghana and with a majority of that investment allocated to government securities, pension assets face huge concentration risk. This is driven by a number of factors including lack of properly regulated alternative and poor local stock market returns and liquidity in recent years. Looking at government’s debt level, it will be prudent to start the conversation on exploring offshore options for diversification.

PSC 2020: Conference Participants

 

Reflecting on the events that led to the recent financial crisis, it was concluded that financial practitioners should not relent in their efforts to enhance financial literacy in Ghana. This was an underlying reason for organizing the Strategy Conference and Axis Pension Trust is committed to partnering workers throughout their retirement planning journey to ensure they are on track to achieving a dignified retirement.

 

Axis Pension Trust is delighted to continue the success story from previous years’ as we share deep investment insights from a survey of top fund managers on Ghana’s economic outlook and investment positioning for 2021. The 2021 edition of the Pension Strategy Conference will be held virtually due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Click the link below to register for the conference:

https://bit.ly/PSC21register

 

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Axis Pension Trust partners workers throughout their retirement planning journey to ensure they are on track to achieve a dignified retirement. For more information on our services or general enquiries, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 030 273 8555.

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5 comments

  • Comment Link Violet Mensa-Bonsu Tuesday, 28 July 2020 20:34 posted by Violet Mensa-Bonsu

    Axis Pension Trust, Your Reliable Partner in Pensions??

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  • Comment Link Humphrey Osei Monday, 20 July 2020 07:45 posted by Humphrey Osei

    A great initiative by Team Axis & CFA.

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  • Comment Link Violet Mensa-Bonsu Sunday, 28 June 2020 10:49 posted by Violet Mensa-Bonsu

    Great job Axis Pension Trust??

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  • Comment Link Violet Mensa-Bonsu Thursday, 25 June 2020 14:18 posted by Violet Mensa-Bonsu

    The Pensions Act 766 is by far the best thing to happen to our Pensions industry.
    #RetireinStyle

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  • Comment Link Terry Nyame Wednesday, 17 June 2020 15:49 posted by Terry Nyame

    Axis always comes up with awesome initiatives

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