The value of assets held by the country’s pension funds locally and externally fell by P6.7 billion between January and February 2018, latest figures from the Bank of Botswana indicate.
According to the data, the slump was due mainly to a 40% drop in the value of bonds held offshore by the local pension funds. The value of bonds held offshore fell to P5.8 billion in February, a month in which most other asset classes invested in by the pension funds were also weaker.
The central bank’s numbers indicate that offshore equities remain the most popular asset class for local pension funds, with 51% of their total
Local pension funds have come under increased scrutiny in recent months due to the highly publicised legal troubles around the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF). The BPOPF accounts for the lion’s share of pension fund assets in Botswana.