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Capital Market Loses N145bn In November

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange recorded a total loss of N145 billion on equities at the close of trading activities in November, blaming poor financial results of quoted companies on the downturn.

The market value of the 215 listed equities which opened the month at N5.143 trillion closed on the last trading day of November at N4.998 trillion, accounting for 65 per cent of the total market capitalisation of the 300 quoted securities, valued at N7.7 trillion.

Also, the Exchange All-Share Index (ASI), which opened at 21,804.69 closed at 21,010.29. This shows a decline by 794.40 points or 3.64 per cent during the month compared to decline by 260.31 points or 1.2 per cent in October. Compared with an opening value of 31,450.78 on December 31, 2008, the year-to-date decline in the NSE ASI stood at 33.2 per cent.

The Information Department of the stock exchange explained that most companies performed below expectation because the “harsh operating environment” continued to hamper their operations. It added that “the gloomy economic outlook so far in 2009 affected the quarterly results of some quoted companies.

Consequently, stock market indicators recorded downward movements. The stock exchange further explained that the stock market recorded a monthly negative return of 5.32 per cent on a dividend-adjusted basis, a reversal from the positive 0.35 per cent recorded in October. It noted that the 11-month average return remained negative at 38.41 per cent.

The market recorded a low turnover of 9.33 billion shares valued at N56.12 billion in 114,607 deals in November in contrast to the 10.7 billion shares worth N73.31 billion exchanged during October in 134,394 deals. Hence, trading volume and value dropped by 12.51 per cent and 23.45 per cent but rose by 17.9 per cent and 11.1 per cent in October.

Total turnover between January and November 2009 was 95.3 billion shares valued at N638.11 billion. In the comparable period during 2008, 183.45 billion units valued at N2.33 trillion were traded.

Virginus Agada, stockbroker at Eurocomm Securities Limited said the low turnover recorded could be attributed to the fall in the prices of equities and the slow pace of activities witnessed in all sectors of the market.

Measuring by turnover volume, the banking subsector was the most active in November with traded volume of 5.75 billion shares valued at N36.83 billion; the insurance subsector was second with traded volume of 1.7 billion shares valued at N1.3 billion, while the Information Communication and Technology subsector came third with transaction volume of 373.1 million shares worth N1.1 billion.

FinBank Plc was the most active stock with transaction volume of 1.054 billion shares followed by First Bank of Nigeria Plc with 758.03 million shares while Access Bank Plc placed third with 742.2 million shares.

Over-The-Counter (OTC) bond market recorded a turnover of 1.4 billion units worth N1.74 trillion in November, in contrast to a total of 1.71 billion shares valued at N1.9 trillion exchanged during the preceding month.

The most active bond, in terms of volume, was the 5th Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Bond 2028 Series 5 with traded volume 275.4 million units valued at N477.7billion. It was followed by the 6th FGN Bond 2012 Series 1 with a traded volume of 111.9 million units valued at N125.02 billion. Only 32 of the available 37 FGN Bonds were traded during the month, compared to 29 in the previous month.

Between January and November, total transactions on FGN Bonds through the OTC market were 16.34 billion units valued at N17.7 trillion. During the same period in 2008, transactions on the OTC market for the FGN Bonds were 9.5 billion units worth N1.28 trillion.

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CBN Opens N500 Grants Portal For Graduates, Undergraduates

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To reduce the level of suffering associated with unemployment in the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has developed grants of N500,000.00 for graduates and students.
A statement from the apex bank, made available to The Tide, said qualified persons have been directed to visit cbnties.com.ng portal for the CBN N500k grants registration.
This, according to the statement, is under the Tertiary Institution Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), in partnership with Nigerian Polytechnics and Universities to exploit the potential of graduate entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
CBN said the aim of TIES is to increase access to finance for Nigerian polytechnic and university graduates and graduates with innovative business and technological ideas.
The apex bank added that it is also to address the trend of white-collar job seekers and focus on job creation.
The statement quoted the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, as saying that the scheme is designed to create a “paradigm shift from a ‘white-collar’ job search culture to an entrepreneurial culture to economic growth and job creation between undergraduates and graduates.
“As for the grant, CBN will allocate N500 million among the top five third best delivery organizations.
“The top five polytechnics and universities in Nigeria with the best entrepreneurial trends/ideas will be awarded first place: N150 million second place N120 million third place N80 million fourth place N80 million and fifth place. Location – N50 m illion”, it stated.
As part of the scheme, the CBN has announced that it will form a private and public sector expert organization (BoE) for two-year regional and national entrepreneurship competitions to assess the entrepreneurial and technological innovations offered by Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
BoE will also recommend high-potential projects and the variable impact on the award of the grant.
Projects funded under the scheme will be monitored by independent monitors set up jointly by CBN and MFIs.

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Economic Growth, Determining Factor For Policies In 2023  – Stockbrokers

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Chairman of Research and Technology at the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), Mr. Akeem Oyewale, has said that economic growth and development should be the determining factor in policies ahead of 2023.
Oyewale, who said this recently at the institute’s Annual National Economic Review and Outlook 2022 webinar  in Lagos, urged policy makers to act in a spirit of justice and tolerance to avoid acts that could lead to violence in the run-up to the 2023.
Speaking on the topic: “Global Dynamics Shaping Nigeria‘s Economic Future”, Oyewale listed factors such as the process leading up to the 2023 general elections, the response to Omicron, and the effects of COVID-19, as what would also determine the growth of the nation’s economic development.
He used the fora to urge the Federal Government to intensify its engagement with Nigeria’s capital market to better smoothly finance the 2022 budget deficit without increasing borrowing.
Oyewale also directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to fully consider the effects on the capital market when making monetary and fiscal policies.
According to him, the philosophy of building an economy led by the private sector enshrined in the National Development Plan must be strictly adhered to.
On the need for new listings, Oyewale said Nigeria National Petroleum Company’s trading should continue with the public listing of its shares on the stock market.
This, he explained, would give Nigerians the opportunity to co-own one of the country’s commanding heights.
“The CBN and banks should grant trading facilities to securities trading firms in the country to maintain optimism in the capital market”, he said.
Speaking further, he urged pension funds and other institutional investors to increase their investment in the stock market to create much-needed stability and encourage new investment.
Earlier, President of the CIS Council, Mr Olatunde Amolegbe,  said the institute would continue with initiatives that would enhance its growth and development in 2022.
Amolegbe stated that CIS would undertake activities that would promote capital market literacy in all geopolitical zones of the country, saying that he would strengthen collaboration with international professional bodies such as CISI UK and others for the benefit of their members.
He continued that the institute was working to increase the number of Nigerian universities offering graduate and undergraduate courses in securities and investment/capital market studies.
“Our vision by 2023 is to see the Securities and Investments profession registered in the hearts of young Nigerian academics as their preferred career path and CIS as the model to be followed by other professional bodies,” he concluded.

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PenCom Completes Review Of Pension Reform Act 2014

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The regulatory body of the Nigerian Pension Industry, the National Pension Commission (PenCom) says it has deliberated on the review of the Pension Reform Act 2014 (PRA 2014).
This was contained in a statement to newsmen signed by Peter Aghahowa, Head, Corporate Communications of PenCom, who disclosed that the regulator organised the retreat on the review of PRA 2014 in Abuja between January 12 and 14.
According to Aghahowa, the retreat was aimed at identifying salient issues to be reviewed in the PRA 2014 as a prelude to advancing legislative action on the bill.
Aghahowa said it is expected that the National Assembly would subsequently organise a public hearing to provide an avenue for stakeholders to formally make input into the proposed amendments.
He also said that the PRA 2014 was enacted following a review of the initial PRA of 2004, which introduced legal and institutional frameworks of the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) and established PenCom to regulate and supervise all pension matters in Nigeria.
According to him, the Director-General of PenCom, Aisha Dahir-Umar, during the opening ceremony of the retreat, had informed the participants that the PRA 2014 codified one of the most important socio-economic reform initiatives of the Federal Government.
He continued that she said this has brought about a pension industry that has accumulated pension assets in excess of N13 trillion invested in various aspects of the Nigerian economy.
He quoted her as saying that “the review is a corollary to some implementation challenges encountered with certain sections of the Act not long after its enactment in July 2014.
“This was also an addition to persistent calls from stakeholders for the amendment of some sections of the Act, which resulted in several legislative initiatives through the sponsorship of Bills for amendment of the PRA 2014 by the National Assembly.
“Consequently, the Commission as the regulator of the pension industry, decided to coordinate and harmonize the various efforts in order to achieve a comprehensive and constructive exercise for the review of PRA 2014”, he concluded.

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