Modifications for Investments Funds in Costa Rica

The decrease in the minimum asset level in Real Estate Funds to $5m encourages the undertaking of smaller real estate development projects.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The measure adopted by the Superintendence of the Stock Market hopes to adapt the rules to the current financial and economic crisis to promote investment, especially in the construction sector.

Article 75 of the General Regulation of Administrative Agencies and Investment Funds currently says the following: "Net minimum assets - the property investment funds should have a net minimum assets of $5 million or the equivalent in Costa Rican Colones at the exchange rate used by the Central Bank of Costa Rica. This net assets is applicable for all new funds that are set up.:

Regarding the minimum amount of shares, article 76 states: "The minimum amount for the funds that only invest in property located withing the national territory is $1000 or the equivalent in Costa Rican colones at the exchange rate used by the Central Bank of Costa Rica.
In the case of funds that invest in property outside of the country, the minimum amount is $5000 or the equivalent in Costa Rican colones at the exchange rate used by the Central Bank of Costa Rica.
The minimum amount an investor can acquire is 1 share.

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Costa Rican Investment Fund Market 2010

December 2010

Despite the international financial crisis, assets have grown by 8% in 2010 and the number of investors increased 10% to 33.432 customer accounts.

Among other options, stock funds won over many investors reappearing as an investment option with over 200 investors. Also open Growth Funds increased 12%, Megafunds with an 11% increase and Money Markets with 12%.

Less Investors, But More Active Ones

January 2010

In Costa Rica, investment funds grew 16% in 2009, in spite of losing almost 10% of their investors.

During the past financial crisis, the Costa Rican market turned out to be more stable than international markets, making it a relatively safer place for storing capital. Because of this, assets managed by investment funds grew to $2.48 billion.

Costa Rican real-estate funds slow to take off

May 2008

Real-estate development funds are a novelty in Costa Rica's financial markets and they have been slow to take off.

Although the market regulator, Sugeval, has authorized 13 projects to far, only one is actually under construction.
Market specialists say that investors are wary of any new concept, but some complain that the system involves too much red tape.

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