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World first in renewable energy investment

Author: Siseko Njobeni

Ashburton Investments, the asset management business of FirstRand Group, yesterday launched the world’s first inflation-linked debt investment for renewable energy projects.


The debt offering is for infrastructure projects under South Africa’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme. Shalin Bhagwan, the head of fixed income at Ashburton, said yesterday that by investing in the consumer price index (CPI)-linked debt offering, South African institutional investors could earn real yields of 4 percent a year before fees.


“Investors that follow a liability-driven investment strategy, including defined contribution pension funds who wish to target a minimum real income in retirement, should find value from including this asset class as part of their broader strategy,” Bhagwan said.


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