Bank of Russia updates NPF pension savings investing rules

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The Bank of Russia has approved amendments to Bank of Russia Regulation No. 580-P, in an effort to boost the efficiency of investment and strengthen the investment capabilities of non-governmental pension funds (NPFs).

Among key updates are criteria enabling an NPF that meets them to buy Russian companies’ shares as part of IPOs. In particular, the total stock value for an IPO must be at least 50 billion rubles; an NPF has the right to buy up to 5% of the total of such stock. Also, the issuer must have a certain ranking.

Under the document, an NPF is allowed to invest in unrated concessionaire bonds on the condition that the third party to a concessionaire agreement is a constituent territory of the Russian Federation.

6 February 2019

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