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Ahmed Urges Investors to Explore SEC’s Master Plan Initiatives

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Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has advised investors in the capital market to take advantage of initiatives introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) aimed primarily to strengthen the market and accelerate development.

Mrs Ahmed gave this advice at the enlightenment workshop/investor clinic session with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and its agencies in Abuja on Wednesday.

The 10-year Master Plan initiatives include an e-dividend mandate system, Direct cash settlement, regularisation of multiple accounts, national investors protection fund, recapitalisation of capital market operators and complaints management framework, among others.

The Minister, who was represented by Mr Stephen Okon, Director Home Finance, said the enlightenment program was in line with the commission’s Capital Market Master Plan and urged SEC to reflect and review the challenges faced by investors with a view of actualizing the objectives of the plan in the remaining few years.

She said, “It is worthy to know that the SEC marked out a 10-year plan for the development of the Nigerian capital market. The objective is to devise strategies for the development of the Nigerian capital market in key areas such as investor protection and integration, professionalism and product innovation and for the expansion of the capital markets role in Nigeria’s economy.

“The SEC deemed it fit to host members of staff of the ministry of finance, budget and national planning and agencies under the ministry in a capital market training procession and workshop with investors.

“This event is to share knowledge on the capital market as well as obtain feedback from such bodies as a medium on the exchange of ideas and feedback to SEC on how to continuously improve on the market activities and regulations which is central to Nigeria’s request for implementation and achieving sustainable development.

“I enjoin participants to take advantage of initiatives introduced in the capital market which are aimed primarily at strengthening the market and accelerating development. I wish to congratulate SEC for the foresight and sense of purpose in organizing this workshop.”

In his opening address, Director General of the SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda said the event which is organised by SEC in collaboration with the Financial Literacy Technical Committee (FLTC) is an annual event coordinated by IOSCO, which it mandates securities regulators globally to commemorate in their respective jurisdictions for the promotion of investor education and protection.

Mr Yuguda said as a member of IOSCO, the agency was joining the rest of the world to celebrate this important week with planned activities focused on enlightening retail investors on their rights, duties and responsibilities, and educating them on contemporary issues in the Nigerian capital market.

According to Mr Yuguda, the Nigerian financial sector is experiencing a resurgence of Ponzi schemes and illegal fund managers, who lure their subscribers by making promises of huge and unjustifiable returns on investment adding that these unlawful schemes have and continued to enjoy the massive patronage of the Nigerian populace and remain a source of concern for regulators in the financial sector.

“Thus, the commission is poised to continue to apply measures and seek the cooperation of relevant stakeholders to combat the activities of these unlawful schemes, which have undermined the reputation of our financial markets and dampened investors’ confidence, among other things.

“The SEC firmly believes that the Nigerian capital market can attain its potentials if market operators/participants contribute their respective quotas to the growth of the market. The SEC commits to always ensure and maintain an environment that is enabled by the appropriate regulatory framework, timely and affordable access to market, zero-tolerance for infractions, heightened investor confidence and awareness, innovative product development and good governance practices.

“There is the need to restore investor confidence and improve the participation of retail investors in the market. The demography of investors in the Nigerian capital market shows that our young population do not participate in the capital market, and only a few Nigerians invest in the capital market. This situation creates a huge challenge to the growth of our market and the commission is striving to change the narrative by instilling a fair, transparent and orderly market,” he added.

Aduragbemi Omiyale is a journalist with Business Post Nigeria, who has passion for news writing. In her leisure time, she loves to read.

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NASD, CSCS Lift Unlisted Securities Exchange by 0.07% 

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NASD Unlisted Securities Index

By Adedapo Adesanya

The duo of NASD Plc and Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc tugged the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange to the positive territory on Tuesday, June 28 by 0.07 per cent.

Shares of NASD Plc appreciated by N1.32 or 9.65 per cent to close at N15.00 per unit compared to N13.68 per unit of the previous session as its cousin, CSCS Plc, rose by 2 Kobo to trade at N14.40 per unit as against N14.38 per unit of Monday’s session.

At the end of the day’s trading, the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) gained 0.56 points to settle at 762.62 points in contrast to the previous day’s 762.06 points, while the market capitalisation increased by N750 million to N1.004 trillion from N1.003 trillion.

However, the volume of shares transacted during the session depreciated by 86.2 per cent to 89,440 units from 647,785 units, the value of transactions went down by 67.7 per cent to N1.8 million from N5.6 million, while the number of deals increased by 37.5 per cent to 11 deals from eight deals.

AG Mortgage Bank Plc finished the trading day as the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with the sale of 2.3 billion units worth N1.2 billion, CSCS Plc also retained the second spot with the sale of 674.4 million units valued at N14.1 billion, while Food Concepts Plc was in third place for trading 146.5 million units valued at N127.2 million.

CSCS Plc maintained its position as the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 674.4 million units valued at N14.1 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 10.9 million units worth N3.2 billion, while FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc retained the third place with the sale of 9.7 million units valued at N1.2 billion.

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Panic as Naira Crashes to N621/$1 at P2P, N609/$1 at Black Market

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Black Market

By Adedapo Adesanya

The woes of the Nigerian currency continued on Tuesday at the peer-to-peer (P2P) and the black market sides of the foreign exchange (FX) market as it further depreciated against the United States Dollar but maintained stability against the greenback at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window at the close of business.

Data obtained by Business Post from the FMDQ Securities Exchange showed that the domestic currency closed flat against the American currency at N421/$1, but it could not replicate this feat at the two other segments, which have become very critical lately due to the inability of forex users to obtain FX from commercial banks for quick usage.

Though the situation was different at the I&E segment yesterday as traders were able to considerably meet the demands of their customers as forex trades worth $206.65 million were carried out compared with the $152.96 million recorded on Monday, indicating a 35.1 per cent or $53.69 million increase.

At the P2P window, the Naira lost N4 or 0.65 per cent against the US currency to trade at N621/$1 compared with the preceding session’s N617/$1 and at the black market, it depreciated by N4 or 0.66 per cent to settle at N609/$1 in contrast to Monday’s value of N605/$1.

In the interbank segment of the market, the value of the domestic currency against the Pound Sterling remained unchanged at N509.82/£1 and it was a similar situation against the Euro as it closed flat at N439.49/€1 yesterday.

Meanwhile, the cryptocurrency market was bearish though the fear of missing out (FOMO) has seen the price of the crisis-hit coin, Terra USTC, return to profitability. The stablecoin has taken the 84th spot among the largest cryptocurrencies in the world, growing by 300 per cent in the past 24 hours to settle at $0.0767.

Solana (SOL) dropped 8.6 per cent yesterday to sell at $35.13, Dogecoin (DOGE) fell by 8.0 per cent to $0.0653, Binance Coin (BNB) dropped 7.2 per cent in value to sell at $218.97, Litecoin (LTC) went down by 6.1 per cent to $52.22, Ethereum (ETH) depleted by 5.7 per cent to $1,129.13, Ripple (XRP) took a 4.6 per cent hit to trade at $0.3325, Cardano (ADA) depreciated by 4.3 per cent to $0.4661, Bitcoin (BTC) dropped 3.5 per cent to $20,119.98 and the US Dollar Tether (USDT) lost 0.05 per cent to quote at $0.9986.

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Bears Overwhelm Nigerian Exchange as Index Drops 0.31%

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Nigerian Exchange

By Dipo Olowookere

The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited succumbed to the bears as it reversed the gains of the previous sessions by losing 0.31 per cent on Tuesday due to renewed profit-taking.

The bears chopped off N86 billion from the market capitalisation of the bourse as it slipped back to the N27 trillion region, closing at N27.928 trillion compared with the previous day’s N28.014 trillion.

The All-Share Index (ASI), which was looking to cross the 52,000 points, went down yesterday by 158.87 points to settle at 51,803.98 points in contrast to the 51,962.85 points it finished on Monday.

The outcome of the key sectors of the market reflected the general mood as the energy index lost 0.47 per cent, the insurance space fell by 0.06 per cent, the industrial goods counter depreciated by 0.03 per cent, while the banking sector went down by 0.02 per cent. The consumer goods counter appreciated during the session by 0.29 per cent due to the good performances of Nigerian Breweries and Okomu Oil.

During the session, investors traded 314.6 million shares valued at N12.9 billion in 4,708 deals compared with the 266.5 million shares worth N2.6 billion traded in 5,050 deals on Monday, representing an increase in the trading volume and value by 18.05 per cent and 393.67 per cent respectively and a 6.77 per cent decline in the number of trades.

Livingtrust Mortgage Bank closed the session as the most active stock yesterday with the sale of 100.0 million shares valued at N120.0 million and was trailed by MTN Nigeria with a turnover of 42.9 million equities worth N9.9 billion.

FBN Holdings transacted 19.8 million shares for N219.1 million, UBA traded 16.1 million stocks for N120.0 million, while Zenith Bank sold 16.1 million equities for N348.9 million.

Business Post reports that investor sentiment was weak on Tuesday as the exchange closed the session with 19 depreciating equities and 10 appreciating stocks.

University Press lost 9.72 per cent to trade at N2.60, NGX Group fell by 6.71 per cent to N22.95, Caverton depreciated by 4.76 per cent to N1.00, Livestock Feeds went down by 3.57 per cent to N1.35, while Fidelity Bank declined by 3.53 per cent to N3.28.

At the close of transactions, Sovereign Trust Insurance gained 8.00 per cent to quote at 27 kobo, Chams grew by 4.17 per cent to 25 kobo, Regency Assurance improved by 3.85 per cent to 27 kobo, Ecobank appreciated by 3.29 per cent to N11.00, while Okomu Oil rose by 3.29 per cent to N216.90.

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