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“Almost no bonds” – 80 p.c of era capital ought to go into shares

Karsten Seibel
Anja Mikus is chairwoman of the fund for financing nuclear waste disposal Anja Mikus is chairwoman of the fund for financing nuclear waste disposal

Anja Mikus is chairwoman of the fund for financing nuclear waste disposal

Source: Marlene Gawrisch/WELT

The federal authorities needs to pay no less than twelve billion euros into the state pension fund over the subsequent few years. The plans of the administrator of the cash, Anja Mikus, are concrete, as WELT AM SONNTAG discovered. Sustainability must also play a serious position.

DThe generational capital deliberate by the federal authorities is to be invested predominantly in shares. “Due to the return requirements, the share share should go towards 80 percent,” stated Anja Mikus, CEO of the accountable Kenfo Foundation, to WELT AM SONNTAG. The portfolio can have “almost no bonds.” The federal authorities needs to make use of era capital to stabilize the statutory pension system.

Mikus rejected the accusation of playing on the inventory market with the statutory pension. “We don’t gamble. “I can reassure everyone,” she stated. It's not about investing cash within the brief time period and promoting the securities once more rapidly. The entrusted funds could be invested in a long-term and diversified method all over the world.

“The German state is finally starting to use the capital markets more for itself and its citizens’ retirement provision,” stated Mikus. Other international locations have been doing this efficiently for many years. They conservatively count on an annual return of a median of six p.c, from which curiosity prices of three p.c for the federal authorities's debt must be deducted.

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Mikus introduced a “return-oriented sustainability strategy” for era capital with a concentrate on the areas of setting, social points and good company governance. “And not to look good to the outside world, but because investments in companies that are constantly improving in these three areas bring higher returns in the long term,” stated Mikus.

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Mikus left it open to what extent investments in particular person sectors could be excluded. However, the muse chairwoman doesn’t count on politics to have an excessive amount of affect on funding choices.

“The broad will of the responsible ministries and political representatives is that we are not hindered by political influence when investing capital and can invest flexibly,” she stated.

Administration hardly requires any workers

In their view, the present 50-strong workforce, which has been managing the Kenfo nuclear fund since 2017, is essentially adequate to handle generational capital. “With the generational capital, only five to seven employees should be added,” stated Mikus.

The federal authorities's draft pension bundle II stipulates, amongst different issues, that the federal authorities pays no less than twelve billion euros into the brand new sovereign wealth fund over the subsequent few years. The earnings will then be used to stop a fair better improve in pension contributions from 2036. However, the regulation has not but been handed by the Bundestag and Bundesrat. “I hope we can do this by the summer break,” stated Mikus.

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