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Bond Market Records N79.8bn Transaction

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The hull which trailed activities in the equities sector recently, extended to the over-the-counter bond market as investors staked 73.56 million units of bonds compared to 298.75 million units exchanged in the previous week.

Precisely, a total of 73.56 billion units of bonds worth N79.8 billion changed hands recently, down from a turnover of 298.7 million shares valued at N335.7 billion traded in the preceding week.

Similarly, the equities sector recorded a turnover of 1.3 billion shares worth N11.01 billion previously, in contrast to 2.2 billion shares valued at N10.95 billion which changed hands in the previous week.

However, the low volume was attributed to the number of days in which transactions were done at the stock market, as the market only opened for three days instead of five days in commemoration of Christmas and Boxing Day.

Although there were no transactions in the Federal Government Development Stocks, State Government Bonds and Industrial Loans/Preference Stocks sectors, the 6th FGN Bond 2012 series 2 was the most active bond with a traded volume of 10.5 million units valued at N10.8 billion, followed by the 6th FGN Bond 2029 series 3 with a traded volume of 9.2 million units valued at N10.9 billion.

With the amount of price losses outweighing price gains, corporate performance indicators dropped by 0.36 per cent as the All- Share Index depreciated by 73.17 points from 20,601.99 at which it opened the Week on Monday to 20,528.82 points on  Wednesday, while market capitalisation closed lower at N4.917 trillion from N4.935 trillion on Monday.

Similarly, three of the four sectoral indices depreciated. For instance the NSE Food/Beverages Index dropped by 0.61 per cent to close at 414.38 points while the NSE Banking index dropped by 1.51 per cent to close at 332.46 points.

Furthermore, the NSE Insurance Index dropped by 0.75 per cent to close at 247.76 points while the NSE Oil/Gas Index however remained constant at 290.55 points.

On the Week’s price movement chart, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc led 44 other stocks to suffer price depreciation losing 280 Kobo to close at N127.50 million per share, while Nigerian Breweries Plc lost 201 Kobo to close at N50.00 per share.

Furthermore, CAP  Plc, Glaxo Smithkline Consumer Plc and Eterna Oil, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and Gas Plc all shed 123 Kobo, 118 Kobo, 109 Kobo and 94 Kobo each to close at N28.00, N22.44, N25.90, and N5.79 respectively.

On the other hand Chevron Oil Nigeria Plc topped the weeks gainers chart with 332 Kobo to close at N69.79 per share, flowed by Ecobank Transnational Incorporated with 80 Kobo to close at N14.70 per share, while Presco Plc added 60 Kobo to close at N5.62 per share.

Some of the other price gainers for the week include Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Dangote Flour Mills Plc, Skye Bank Plc, Afribank Nigeria Plc, all of which added 41 Kobo, 31 Kobo, 25 Kobo, and 25 Kobo each to close at N15.51, N8.71, N5.75, N2.19 and N5.15 respectively.

A close look at activities in the equities sector showed that the banking sub-sector was the most active in volume terms during the week with an exchange of 845.12 million shares worth N7.38 billion, followed by the insurance sub-sector with a turnover of 224.11 million shares valued at N313 million while the food, beverages and tobacco sub-sector traded 33.6 million shares worth N568 million.

Further analysis of activities in the sub-sector showed that the volume in the banking sub-sector was largely driven by activity in the shares of United Bank for Africa Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

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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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