- People interface with the non-bank financial sector in diverse ways in their daily lives
The non-bank financial sector is substantial. It consists of the insurance, medical aid, capital markets, retirement funds and lending activities industries.
Members of the public, therefore, interface with the non-bank financial sector in diverse ways in their daily lives. The primary way is through their personal financial management efforts, be it in accessing insurance and medical aid products and services or planning and managing their retirement contributions and incomes.
Micro lenders expand access to credit for those who otherwise would not qualify for any through the banking system while investment advisors and asset managers facilitate those wishing to invest and grow their income by taking advantage of investment vehicles available through the Botswana Stock Exchange and other mediums.
According to the NBFIRA 2021 Annual Report, the NBFI sector has remained resilient against a backdrop of weak global economic activity, rising trade, geopolitical tensions and slower domestic economic growth. The sector recorded a moderate increase in the number of regulated entities, from 764 to 786. The asset base increased by 4 percent to P129 billion. The market share of assets in the domestic financial services sector was 54 percent. The NBFI sector’s capital position stood at P9.2 billion, an improvement from P7.5 billion in the prior year, demonstrating the financial resilience of the sector.
The sector’s profitability ratio (return on assets) was 6.8 percent, which was an increase from 5.8 percent in the prior year. Profit before tax grew from P1.7 billion to P2 billion during the period.