The general rule is that the investments in terms of MIIP can be made in debt or equity securities listed on the official list of the Malta Stock Exchange. Investment in these securities may also be achieved through an investment in collective investment schemes that are authorized by the Malta Financial Services Authority. Therefore, we have a few options. One is purchase of the government bonds with the maturity date not less than five years. The list of the bonds is available on Malta Stock Exchange site. Obviously, the availability is changing from day to day. Another is purchase of the equity securities of BOV Vilhena Fund and similar. A third is purchase of the local corporate bonds and equities, which are traded on Malta Stock Exchange.
What are some of the options for selecting a government approved security for the Maltese citizenship program?
I am a Chinese citizen living in Beijing and I am looking at the Maltese citizenship program as a way to gain easier access to Europe. I feel at ease with the 650,000 euro payment to the National Development and Social Fund as well as the property leasing requirements. However, I am looking to get more insight into the requirement to invest 150,000 euros in government-approved securities. Is there a list of approved securities? What are some of the different options? Are some options considered more safe than others?
All bonds and securities listed on the Maltese stock exchange are eligible for the €150,000 investment part of the program. Most clients select to invest in a fund that invests in Maltese bonds so that their risk is diversified and spread over a number of issuers. Most licensed investment services providers in Malta can provide you with this and can also provide you with some support on what to expect in terms of returns and features of the investments.