FBNQuest Recommends Mutual Fund to Diversify Country-Specific Risks

October 15, 2022

FBNQuest, the investment banking and asset management subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc, is recommending one of its mutual fund products, the FBN Specialized Dollar Fund, to investors as a prudent move to diversify their portfolios from country-specific investment risks.

Rising inflation, negative real rates of returns, exchange rate volatility, and digitalization have increased the demand for global financial assets that provide an opportunity to diversify investors’ portfolios and earn potentially higher returns.

The FBN Specialized Dollar Fund (FSDF) is an investment vehicle connecting investors to these broader asset classes.

The Fund, an open-ended active fund, is designed to provide competitive returns to all classes of investors. It also offers an opportunity for local investors to reduce some of their country-specific risks while hedging against the potential devaluation of their local currency.

The fund will primarily invest in (USD) dollar-denominated debt instruments issued within and outside Nigeria. Instruments include Eurobonds, US Treasuries, and other credible dollar-denominated money market assets.

Commenting on the value of the fund, Mr Ike Onyia, Managing Director of FBNQuest Asset Management, said, “Nigeria’s macroeconomic environment presents major challenges to institutional and individual investors.

“Considering the upward trend of inflation and the volatility in the exchange rate, investors must explore opportunities to diversify into assets denominated in foreign currency.

“Moreover, some of these foreign assets offer very attractive returns. Investing in the FBN Specialized Fund allows investors to stay on track to realize their investment objectives, including planning a holiday, retirement, raising tuition for academic programmes, and other investment pursuits.”

The FBN Specialized Fund is currently at a yield of 10.6% (as of Oct 12, 2022) and is ideal for investors with a medium risk tolerance threshold and an investment horizon of 3 to 5 years.

With $10,000 and multiples of $1,000, investors can gain exposure to the Fund and its attractive returns.

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