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Market Commentary

Key Features

Fund Manager

CIC Asset Management Ltd

Launch Date

Jun - 11

Risk Profile



Kenya Commercial Bank


Co-op Custodial Services



Minimum Investment

Ksh 5,000.00

Minimum Additional Investment

Ksh 1,000.00

Initial Fee


Annual Management Fee




Who should invest?

Investors who are seeking ;

  • Typically ready to invest over the medium to long-term.
  • Need extra returns at moderate risk.
  • Seek a reasonable return from a well diversified portfolio of fixed income securities.

Asset Allocation

Economy Growth
In Q3'22

The economy grew by 4.7% in Q3’22; down from 9.9% in Q3’21. Services sector continued to perform strongly; particularly trade (+9.1%), accommodation & food services (+22.9%) and professional, administrative & support services (+8.7%). Agriculture, a key growth sector, continued to underperform (-0.6%) as unfavourable weather conditions and higher input costs weighed in on low production. Presently, developed nations i.e US, China, UK and EU macro indicators hang in the balance with projections of a slip into a recession by some economies. This could resultantly have a negative ripple effect to Kenya as we have several trading relations with the big nations aside from our external debt in foreign currency. World Bank projects our GDP to average 5% in 2023-24 largely boosted by private investments; we are less optimistic due to the recession fears globally.

In Q4 '22
In Q3 '22

Headline inflation increased by an average of 9.4% in Q4’22 from 8.7% in Q3’22. This was largely driven by supply side factors that exerted upward pressure on food and energy prices. The uptick in the cost of living reduces the purchasing power of households and subsequently lower savings and investments to the economy. We anticipate inflation will remain above CBK’s upper band target of 7.50 % in Q1’23. Domestic price pressures will remain elevated although inflation will ease back from the highs of 2022 and ebb slowly into being transitory in 2H’23


Tight global financial conditions coupled with foreign debt being expensive (as a result of the KES depreciating) will see government continue relying on the domestic market and rates will carry on increasing. The fixed income fund is anticipated to register gradual increment in gains as we continue taking advantage of the higher rates. The fund provides an opportunity for investors with low liquidity needs to lock in higher returns.

Exchange Rates
YTD The Kes has depreciated by
The Dollar closing at
to the US $

The shilling has lost substantial value against the USD year to date (-9.04%). It exchanged at Ksh 123.37 per USD on 31 Dec, losing a further 2% in Q4. Lower foreign funding amid a faster growth in imports and slowdown of remittances weakened the Kes. The fed rate hikes coupled with increased demand for hard currency also led to wider forex spreads in 2022. Kenya’s reserves remained adequate at USD 7,439 million (4.17 months of import cover) as at Dec 29, but this was largely tied to a boost of IMF funding. Globally, signs are clear that currency weakness will overwhelm many policymakers across markets. A weaker shilling is detrimental to Kenya as it increases the cost of financing foreign debt which is currently at levels deemed as unsustainable.

Interest Rates

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met in September and raised the Central Bank Rate to:

Interest rate

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) raised the central bank rate (CBR) from 8.25% to 8.75 % in Nov’22; a cumulative rise of 1.75% in 2022. The CBR hikes’ intention have largely been to taper inflation, which averaged 9.4% in Q4 from 8.7% in Q3, and to manage the KES depreciation (-2% in Q4) against major currencies. Short term rates maintained an upward trajectory in Q4 with the 91,182 and 364 papers closing at 9.4%, 9.8% and 10.3%. Inflationary pressures will be the main driver of monetary policy actions in 2023. Barring any further rate hikes, we expect interest rates to edge upwards in Q1’23 and remain sticky for the remainder of the year.


Nairobi Security Exchange
yield curve: 31 MARCH 2022

Statutory Disclaimer: The value of units may go down as well as up and past performance is not necessarily a guide to the future. There are no guarantee on the client’s capital as the performance of units in the fund is determined by change in the value of underlying investments hence value of your unit trust investment

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