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Details of How to Purchase/Subscribe FGN Savings Bond

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By Dipo Olowookere

The FGN savings bond was created by the federal government a few years ago to meet the investment demands of low-income earners in the country.

Before the introduction of the financial asset, Nigerians had the opportunity to invest in treasury bills for as low as N10,000, but the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which sells T-bills on behalf the Debt Management Office (DMO), raised the minimum subscription for the bills to N50 million.

This development made nearly it impossible for low-income earners to invest in government securities and the sovereign bonds available also required high minimum subscription to partake in them.

This made the debt office to design the FGN savings bond to attract retail investors, who wish to earn steady revenue by lending money to the government to carry out some critical infrastructure in the country. The minimum subscription for this was pegged at N5,000.

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Since its introduction, investors have been embracing the papers and in the first week of every month, the DMO auctions the bonds in two different maturities; 2-year and 3-year.

For the month of December 2020, the offer opened on Monday, December 7 and will close on Friday, December 11.

However, not many people know how to go about purchasing this bond targeted at retail investors with a maximum subscription of N50 million. This is what this article hopes to help readers with.

To buy the FGN savings bond, an investor needs to open a stockbroker’s account and this should be with the notable names. In fact, not all brokerage firms are accredited to sell the notes.

Opening a stockbroker’s account is cheap and can be done for as low as N10,000. You can read about the favourite brokerage companies among Nigerian investors HERE.

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After you have opened the account, you are good to go. You just have to request for the FGN savings subscription form, where you will be required to supply some details like your biodata, account details, including the BVN, which is a must for every financial transaction done in Nigeria.

A sample of the subscription form is in this article for guidance.

After all the information is supplied, the next stage is to make payment to the stockbroker’s account and the payment details, proof of payment, sent to the broker for confirmation. This can be done via an email or the chatbox if the company has one.

These are all the things needed to buy the FGN savings bond.

It is important to state that interests paid on the investment vary almost every month. For this month, the DMO is offering the 2-year paper at 1.32 per cent and the 3-year at 1.82 per cent per annum. The interest, which is also called the coupon, is paid four times a year.

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On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the federal government will credit the CSCS accounts of subscribers with the volume of bonds bought.

In the event you intend to sell your FGN savings bond before maturity to use the funds for emergencies, there is always an opening for that because the bonds are traded at the secondary market on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Do you require any additional information, please feel free to use the comment box, I will be readily available to respond to your questions.

FGN Savings Bond Subscription Form

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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SEC Introduces Regulatory Incubation Program for Fintechs

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A regulatory incubation (RI) program for financial technology (fintech) companies operating or seeking to operate in Nigeria has been introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A circular issued by SEC disclosed that this framework would be officially launched in the third quarter of 2021 and will operate by admitting identified Fintech business models and processes in cohorts for a one-year period.

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Participation in the RI program will encompass an Initial Assessment Phase and the Regulatory Incubation Phase.

The categories to be admitted into each cohort will be determined based on submissions received through the Fintech Assessment Form and communicated ahead of each take-off date.

SEC explained that the scheme was designed to address the needs of new business models and processes that require regulatory authorisation to continue carrying out full or ancillary technology-driven capital market activities.

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The RI Program has thus been conceived as an interim measure to aid the evolution of effective regulation which accommodates the innovation by fintechs without compromising market integrity and within limits that ensure investor protection.

It was disclosed that review of completed Fintech Assessment Forms will continue on an ongoing basis and those who consider that there is no specific regulation governing their business models or who require clarity on the appropriate regulatory regime for seeking the authorisation of the commission, are encouraged to complete the Fintech Assessment Form.

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NGX Suspends Trading on GTBank Shares Ahead of Delisting

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By Dipo Olowookere

In preparation for the eventual delisting of shares of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Plc from its trading platform, the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Friday, June 18, 2021, placed the banking stock on a full suspension.

GTBank, a tier-one lender trading its equities on the exchange, intends to transform into a financial holding company (Holdco) so as to offer a wide range of services it is restricted to do.

Some years ago, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed banks in the country to offload their subsidiaries not performing core lending services.

This was after many deposit money banks (DMBs) were delving into different business ventures, including insurance, stockbroking, asset management, amongst others.

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For the CBN, which regulates the banking industry in Nigeria, most of these banks were losing focus and were not supporting businesses that need funds to grow and then stimulate the economy in the process.

To address this issue, the apex bank asked banks to sell off their non-banking assets and this forced many of them to offload their companies not offering core banking services.

However, there was an opening for banks to still delve into other sectors within the financial and capital markets and this was by operating as a Holdco.

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A few of them towed this path, including FBN Holdings, Stanbic IBTC Holdings and FCMB Group.

Not wanting to be left out, GTBank is joining the party and to achieve this, it is delisting its banking arm, which is the popular GTBank from the stock exchange.

GTBank will now operate as a private company, while the new Holdco, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, will now be a public company. The shares of this new firm will be listed on the NGX after the delisting of GTBank.

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Last Friday, the stock exchange informed the investing community of the latest development, announcing the suspension of trading on GTBank shares.

In the circular sighted by Business Post, the NGX explained that the rationale behind placing GTBank stocks on full suspension is to “prevent trading in the shares of the bank” in preparation of its “eventual delisting”

Before trading on its stocks was suspended on Friday, GTBank closed at N28.55 on Thursday after appreciating by 50 kobo or 1.78 per cent.

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DLM Capital Remains Best Structured Finance & Securitization Team in West Africa

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A prominent developmental investment bank, DLM Capital Group, has emerged winner at the Capital Finance International (CFI) 2021 awards as the best-structured finance and securitization team in West Africa.

This award has been won consecutively in three years and affirms the group’s strong performance as a leading investment institution and asset manager.

CFI awards seek to identify the contributions of individuals and organizations that contribute significantly to the advancement of economies and truly add value for all stakeholders.

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DLM Capital Group creates bespoke business solutions for alternative financing and harnessing funds for growth.

The group focuses on four key sectors — consumer credit, agriculture, microfinance, and education with a mandate to reduce poverty and improve living conditions for Africans while mobilizing resources for the continent’s economic and social development.

“In the past three years, our portfolio management team’s performance has remained consistent, and our clients have benefited immensely from exposure to our solutions, including the NMRC securitization deal and the DLM Primero BRT Securitization,” said Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing, DLM Capital Group, Ms Chinwendu Ohakpougwu.

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“We are positioned to provide services to an expansive client base of retail, high net-worth and institutional customers.

“DLM Capital Group remains committed to constantly providing financial solutions that will enable our clients to make a difference, and we are honoured to be recognized once again as a reflection of the quality of support offered to our clients,” she added.

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DLM has won recognition in West African capital markets, acting as a sole arranger to over 80 per cent of structured finance transactions in Nigeria — and all the securitization transactions. It provides deal structuring, advisory execution and capital raising services across the Nigerian capital market.

The institution recently launched an asset financing scheme and is preparing a venture into digital banking under its subsidiary, Sofri.

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