Commodity Exchanges Must Always Protect Investors’ Interests—SEC

November 18, 2022
Commodity exchanges

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Commodity exchanges have been tasked to have investor protection at the centre of their operations to improve investor confidence and attract more investors.

This charge was given by the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr Lamido Yuguda, at the presentation of Eko Gold Coins to the agency by the Lagos Futures and Commodities Exchange in Abuja on Thursday.

Mr Yuguda specifically urged the LCFE and the entire value chain to always have investor protection at the core of their work because, eventually, this is what will make the product succeed.

“Now, the gold itself has great value; once you put out your money and buy it, you have a value that is incontrovertible, but where we need to be careful is the associated investment product, the derivatives products.

“The derivatives products are built around the product itself. We must have investor protection at heart because if it is taken off and investors have confidence that anytime I want to sell this investment,” the SEC DG stated.

He noted that when people invest, they are postponing current consumption for future consumption and need to be paid some returns as a price for that postponement of current consumption.

“So, when you sell this product in the future and make a gain, you are actually being rewarded, but when you sell the product in the future and you make a loss, you are making two losses.

“One, you are postponing current consumption and two, you have not recovered your principal in the future. When people do that, as it happened in the stock market in 2008, you find out that investor confidence wanes.

“So, when we do things, we have investor protection and investor interest at heart; you find out that you create a product, everything you are doing tells you this is the direction I am going.

“When you see that product deviating, you go back to the drawing table and say, I must make sure that investors make money out of this. If we do that, the sky is the limit for this product that you have demonstrated today,” he said.

Mr Yuguda commended the LCFE on the demonstration and presentation and assured the exchange’s support in the development of the product and in the efforts to enlighten both the market participants and the investors who will put in their money.

“I wish you all the best in this market, and whatever the SEC can do to support the development of this gold market, we will do. This is an important consideration because this is something that has a dual use. You can use gold as a store of value, i.e. monetary gold or as jewellery.

“When the price of gold moves in Dubai, the people in Zamfara state they know, people in Lagos state they know and ladies who have gold, and every time they take the gold to the market, the gold dealers are actually prepared to buy.

“This is one product that does not get old; the older, the better because you buy at a cheap price and sell at a much higher price. So this is something that we truly want to support,” he said.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Lagos Commodities and Futures Exchange, Mr Onyewenchukwu Patrick Ezeagu, said the core vision of setting up LCFE was to provide a viable structure that will transform the Nigerian commodities market and redefine practice standards which would catalyse economic growth in Nigeria.

Aduragbemi Omiyale

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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