Assets of Jordan’s Social Security Investment Fund rise by JD1.1 bn in 2021

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Social Social Security Investment Fund is the investment arm of the Social Security Corporation.
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  • The fund’s overall returns on investment (ROI) amounted to JD575 million in 2021 against JD509 million in 2020.
  • Bonds account for 57 percent of the SSIF’s investment portfolio, followed by stocks 16.6 percent.

The assets of Jordan’s Social Security Investment Fund (SSIF), the investment arm of the Social Security Corporation (SSC), jumped by JD1.1 billion in 2021 to reach JD12.3 billion, according to Kholoud Saqqaf, the fund’s CEO.

The figures mark a 10-percent growth year-on-year. In 2020, the fund’s assets stood at JD11.2 billion, Saqqaf told a press conference.

Jordanian media reports quoted her as saying that the fund’s overall returns on investment (ROI) amounted to JD575 million in 2021 against JD509 million in 2020, expanding by 13 percent year-on-year.

The higher ROI is driven by better yields from investments in bonds and other monetary market instruments among other sources of revenue.

According to Saqqaf, bonds account for 57 percent of the SSIF’s investment portfolio, followed by stocks 16.6 percent, monetary market instruments 12.9 percent, real estate 6.1 percent, loans 3.4 percent, while investments in the hospitality sector stood at 2.4 percent of the fund’s investment portfolio.

She said that a bullish Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) in 2021 propelled the SSIF revenue in 2021, adding that book gains from stocks listed on the market amounted to JD411 million in the past year against a book loss of JD371 million in 2020.

Saqqaf said that the fund bought additional stocks in major banking institutions and pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies in 2021, bringing the total of its investments in stocks to JD2 billion or 12 percent of the ASE’s total capitalization.

Concerning investments in properties, Saqqaf said the fund bought lands worth JD18 million in various regions of the Kingdom in the previous year, increasing the value of the real estate component in the fund’s investment portfolio to JD735 million.

Income from the lease of properties owned by the SSIF amounted to JD3.6 million in 2021, according to Saqqaf.

As for the SSIF’s largest area of investment, i.e. bonds, Saqqaf said the ROI from bonds amounted to JD411 million in 2021, noting that bonds now make up 57 percent of the fund’s total investment portfolio. She indicated that the ROI rate on bonds stood at 6 percent, the highest among other investment instruments

Over the past year, Saqqaf said, the SSIF built three solar plants supplying three hotels owned by the fund as well as other SSC buildings with power, adding the cost will be recovered in three years.

 

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