By Dipo Olowookere
Stockbrokers in Nigeria have been charged to always prioritise the interest of investors over theirs so as to boost confidence in the capital market.
This charge was given by the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr Lamido Yuguda, who said the agency would do everything possible to reduce poor market conduct to the barest minimum.
Speaking at the Annual Stockbrokers Conference of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), Mr Yuguda said the commission will intensify monitoring and surveillance of the market and apply stiff sanctions to any operator who engages in unethical conduct.
According to him, capital market operators are the face of the market and they interact daily with investors and must demonstrate the highest level of integrity and transparency in conducting their activities.
“Poor conduct dissuades investors from our market and therefore counters our collective objective of broadening and deepening the market.
“We also expect that the institute will continue to make it mandatory for its members to undertake annual professional development programs that address emerging issues.
“I believe that this will go a long way in ensuring that the practitioners in the market are highly skilled and are equipped to make real impact towards growing the market,” the SEC chief said at the event themed Capital Market as a Catalyst for Economic Development and Sustainable Growth.
Mr Yuguda disclosed the SEC has led several initiatives to reposition the Nigerian capital market to better support sustainable economic growth and development through the articulation of responsive and adaptable rules to support innovation and access to capital for small and medium enterprises, promotion of good corporate governance, an improved registration process, an adequate and transparent disclosure regime, enhanced enforcement machinery and dispute resolution mechanisms.
“Most of our more recent efforts at developing our market are targeted at contributing to the growth of the national economy.
“For instance, the core objective of the 10-year Capital Market Master Plan is to position the capital market for accelerated development of the national economy.
“Some level of success has been recorded from its implementation so far and efforts are currently ongoing to re-launch it for better impact during the remaining period of its implementation.
“As stakeholders, it is important to have a common understanding of the role the capital market plays not just as a catalyst of economic development but the trend, drivers and preconditions for a robust and viable capital market. The World Bank acknowledges that there are many areas of this relationship where research has been found thin.
“It is equally important for investors to perceive the capital market and capital market intermediaries as working for them and not against them.
“May I, therefore, use this opportunity to implore the Institute to identify some specific areas that could be used as a stimulus to improve the current state of the market, such as; diversification of investment products; promotion of investor education and financial literacy; strengthening corporate governance and listing standards,” he said.
The DG assured that the SEC will continue to take steps that empower trade groups and professional associations for more effective market regulation reassuring of the commission’s commitment and determination to restore investor confidence, preserve market integrity and reduce systemic risk.
The SEC boss commended the CIS for organising the yearly event adding that the annual conference has over the years established itself as a major calendar event on the schedule of policymakers and market participants.
In his remarks, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Capital Market, Mr Ibrahim Babangida, said the conference was an opportunity for the CIS to do an appraisal of its activities and impact in Nigeria’s economic growth and fashion out more and better ways to assist in alleviating the dwindling economy of the country as well as salvaging it from the present economic quagmire.
Mr Babangida said this year’s conference came at a time the parliament is embarking on the legislative activities in the passage of the 2022 Appropriation Bill submitted by Mr President and urged the stockbrokers to employ all their professionalism in collaborating with this legislative process.
“All the people of Nigeria want to see is a revamped economy, where there will be a great inflow of investments by investors with a resultant real and positive economic growth.
“I want to reiterate that Nigeria and indeed African countries know the critical role the Institute and indeed the capital markets can play in transforming our economy via making conscious efforts to urgently develop a world-class capital market. You must deploy all your arsenals to keep the vision of the Institute and indeed the expeditions of the Nigerian people and Africans at large.
“I assure that the House Committee on capital market and indeed the House of Representatives is always available to assist in any areas of legislation to actualise the vision of the institute and make the Nigerian capital market a world-class one,” he added.
Earlier in a welcome address, the president of CIS, Mr Babatunde Amolegbe, said the institute was committed to focusing on the economy and capital market advocacy with the intention of achieving an inclusive and efficient capital market as an essential tool for economic development.
“The capital market is still a virgin territory with so many opportunities available, so as stockbrokers you are only limited by your own imaginations.
“This conference is unique as it delivers in the area of new economic issues to ensure that the capital market contributes to economic growth,” Mr Amolegbe.
He said the institute has reviewed its membership rules and code of conduct to bring them up to world-class standards and ensure professionalism, adding that no person is permitted to perform core professional functions in the capital market without obtaining certification of the CIS.
NASD OTC Market Remains in Bearish Territory With 0.01% Loss
By Adedapo Adesanya
The NASD Over-the-counter (OTC) Securities Exchange recorded a 0.01 per cent fall on Friday, September 23, as it dropped for the fourth straight day. This further dampened investors’ confidence.
In the session, the bourse, which admits unlisted securities, recorded the decline following a loss recorded by Food Concepts Plc as the company saw its equity value drop 1 Kobo or 1.1 per cent to sell at 90 Kobo per unit versus the previous day’s 91 Kobo per unit.
As a result, the market capitalisation of the NASD OTC exchange went south by N60 million to close at N952.51 billion compared with Thursday’s N952.57 billion.
Also, the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) dropped 0.05 points to finish at 723.56 points, in contrast to the preceding session’s 723.61 points.
Friday’s market data revealed that there was a slump in the units of securities exchanged by investors by 4.4 per cent to 60,420 units from the 63,219 units traded a day earlier.
The value of securities traded amounted to N57,125.00, 99.3 per cent lower than the N8.4 million achieved a day earlier, while the number of deals carried out during the session went down by 28.57 per cent to five deals from the seven deals carried out on Thursday.
AG Mortgage Bank Plc finished the session 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, Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc also retained the second spot with the sale of 687.6 million units valued at N14.3 billion, while Mixta Real Estate Plc was in third place for trading 178.1 million units valued at N313.4 million.
Also, CSCS Plc maintained its position as the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis with a turnover of 687.6 million units valued at N14.3 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 27.7 million units worth N7.4 billion, while FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc retained the third place with the sale of 14.3 million units valued at N1.7 billion.
Naira Crashes to N720/$1 at Black Market, N738/$1 at P2P, Trades N436.33/$1 at I&E
By Adedapo Adesanya
The exchange rate of the Naira to the United States Dollar moved in different directions on Friday, depreciating in the black market and the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) segments of the foreign exchange market and gaining in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window.
In the P2P category, the local currency declined by N13 against the greenback to sell at N738/$1 compared with the preceding session’s N725/$1, and in the black market, it lost N7 to trade at N720/$1 in contrast to Thursday’s value of N713/$1.
However, in the spot market, the domestic currency appreciated against the American currency by 17 Kobo or 0.04 per cent to close at N436.33/$1 in contrast to the previous day’s N436.50/$1.
Data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange indicated that the turnover for the session increased slightly by $4.37 million or 4.3 per cent to $106.11 million from $101.74 million.
In the interbank segment, the value of the Naira to the Pound Sterling remained unchanged at N487.99/£1 and against the Euro, the local currency also traded flat at N425.66/€1.
In the digital currency market, it was a mixture of ups, downs and flats, with Dogecoin (DOGE) recording an 8.1 per cent rise to trade at $0.0657.
Solana (SOL) appreciated by 6.9 per cent to $34.16, Litecoin (LTC) went up by 4.0 per cent to trade at $54.92, Binance Coin (BNB) recorded a 2.9 per cent rise to sell at $281.86 while Ethereum (ETH) saw its value go up by 1.4 per cent to sell at $1,326.76.
On the other hand, Ripple (XRP) recorded a loss of 1.8 per cent to quote at $0.4939, Bitcoin (BTC) slid by 0.2 per cent to $19,035.94, Cardano (ADA) recorded a 0.1 per cent slide to trade at $0.4599, while the US Dollar Tether (USDT) and Binance USD (BUSD) closed flat at $1.00, respectively.
Equity Market Sheds 0.33% as Investors Sell off BUA Cement, 21 Others
By Dipo Olowookere
Twenty-two stocks ended on the losers’ chart on Friday at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, outweighing the 11 equities that finished on the gainers’ log.
The weak investor sentiment further plunged the market into the danger zone by 0.33 per cent at the close of transactions, data from the exchange indicated.
It was observed that the equity market has remained bearish despite the recent gains in banking shares. The sustained sell-offs in the industrial goods space have continued to put the bourse under pressure.
The industrial goods sector depreciated yesterday by 1.61 per cent, the insurance counter lost 0.46 per cent, the energy index declined by 0.46 per cent, while the banking and consumer goods sectors appreciated by 0.85 per cent and 0.10 per cent, respectively.
The All-Share Index (ASI) decreased at the close of business by 163.72 points to 49,026.62 points from 49,190.34 points as the market capitalisation went down by N88 billion to N26.445 trillion from N26.533 trillion.
A total of 169.2 million stocks worth N3.2 billion were transacted on Friday in 3,206 deals compared with the 126.8 million stocks worth N1.8 billion traded in 3,117 deals on Thursday, indicating an improvement in the trading volume, value and number of deals by 33.38 per cent, 79.16 per cent and 2.86 per cent, respectively.
Courteville ended the day as the busiest stock after it transacted 27.7 million units valued at N12.5 million, NGX Group traded 24.5 million units worth N417.4 million, Zenith Bank transacted 20.8 million units worth N416.8 million, Transcorp exchanged 11.2 million units valued at N11.6 million, while Jaiz Bank sold 10.9 million units for N8.7 million.
The worst-performing stock was CWG as its value depleted by 10.00 per cent to 81 Kobo, Berger Paints lost 9.85 per cent to N5.95, Eterna went down by 9.45 per cent to N5.75, Sunu Assurances declined by 8.57 per cent to 32 Kobo, while Chams dropped 6.90 per cent to 27 Kobo.
The best-performing stock yesterday was Vitafoam, which grew by 6.90 per cent to N22.45, followed by RT Briscoe, which appreciated by 6.06 per cent to 35 Kobo. Access Holdings improved by 6.02 per cent to N8.80, Cornerstone Insurance expanded by 3.70 per cent to 56 Kobo, while Fidelity Bank rose by 3.00 per cent to N3.78.
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