In El Salvador, any business or individual can act as a financial intermediary with the support of a financial institution.
The regulation, which will take effect on August 1, enables banks to make agreements with third parties who can receive deposits from the public or lend money, up to certain limits, backed by a financial institution.
The model, which is already operating in countries like Colombia, seeks to expand the scope of financial services beyond bank branches.
From the merger of three former superintendents: Securities, Pensions and Financial System, emerges the strengthened SFF, which will focus on risk management.
The newly created Superintendency of the Financial System (SFF in Spanish), which encompasses the previous three superintendencies (securities, pensions and financial system) has started its first project, the creation of four new regulations aimed at financial risk.
In real terms the actual return of pension funds in El Salvador is still negative.
The nominal return in August on Salvadoran pension funds was 3.50%, but because inflation reached 6.82%, the loss of value to contributors savings was 3.32%.
The cause of this is ascribed to the inability of pension fund managers of to invest in assets other than those specified securities issued by the Salvadoran state, which supposedly are low risk, but which pay very low interest rates . "The Law of Pension Savings System (SAP) does not allow pension funds, made up with savings of contributors to the system, to be invested abroad."
The profitability of the Pensions Savings System (SAP) dropped from 6.33% to 3.14%.
Elsalvador.com reports: "There is no need to use a magnifying glass to look for the reasons. They are very clear, according to the superintendent of pensions, Victor Ramirez, and the director investments at the Crecer Pension Fund Administrator (AFP), Carlo Escalante.
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