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Mutual Fund: Nigerian investor discloses his 10 years investment that nosedived 

Before you invest in a Mutual Fund, you need to read the experience of a Nigerian Researcher, Solomon Udoh, so you won’t get your fingers burnt.

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Mutual Funds, Mutual Fund gone bad: Nigerian investor discloses his 10 years investment that nosedived , Nigeria’s mutual fund asset value reaches N1 Trillion

Before you invest in a Mutual Fund, you need to read the experience of a Nigerian Researcher, Solomon Udoh, so you won’t get your fingers burnt. Udoh invested N10,000 monthly for 10 years only to get less than he would have had if he had just saved the money for that same period.

Udoh’s disclosure provoked reactions from Nigerians who pointed out the problem with Mutual Funds and how to properly invest.

Udoh disclosed his disappointment in a post via his Twitter account, @laz_inc, with images to back his claim. In the post, Udoh stated that Nigeria as an entity defies all logic one could possibly think of after his balance from the N10,000 monthly investment of 10 years in ARM Discovery Fund showed N936,621.

What you need to know about Mutual Funds

Mutual Funds are pools of money collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in stocks (Equity), bonds, derivatives. Mutual funds are owned by a group of investors and managed by professionals (ARM).

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The types of Mutual Funds are explained below 

Money Market Funds: Money market funds invest in short-term fixed-income securities. Example of short-term fixed-income securities would be government bonds, Treasury bills, commercial paper, and certificates of deposit. These types of fund are generally safer investment but with a lower potential return than other mutual funds.

Fixed Income Funds: Fixed income funds buy investments that pay a fixed rate of return. This type of mutual fund focuses on getting returns coming into the fund primarily through interest.

Equity Funds: Equity funds invest in stocks. Furthermore, there are different types of equity funds, this includes, funds that specialize in growth stocks, value stocks, large-cap stocks, mid-cap stocks, small-cap stocks, or a combination of these stocks.

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[READ MORE: A guide to how Mutual Funds work in Nigeria]

Balanced Funds: Balanced funds invest in a mix of equities and fixed income securities – typically in a 40% equity 60% fixed income ratio. The aim of these funds is to generate higher returns but also mitigate risk through fixed income securities.

Index Funds: Index funds aim to track the performance of a specific index. For example, the S&P or TSX. Index funds follow the index and go up when the index goes up and goes down when the index goes down. Index funds are popular as they typically require a lower management fee compared to other funds (due to the manager not needing to do as much research).

Speciality Funds: Specialty funds focus on a very small part of a market such as energy, telecommunications, healthcare, industrials, etc.

The ARM Discovery Fund: Contrary to the expectations of Udoh, a statement by ARM Investment Manager, explained that the investment product is only suitable for investors that want high capital growth over a long term and the strategy adopted by the firm is to invest in equity and real estate.  

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Unlike the fixed income securities, which Udoh wanted, as investors’ capital is guaranteed, investing in the equity market does not guarantee whether the capital would be intact or not. Here, movement of share prices is determined mainly by economy policies, operations of the companies and its liquidity status among others.

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Considerations before investing in Mutual Funds: Before investing in any mutual fund, the investor has to consider the features of the fund and the objective for investing in the fund as an investor. The investor should ascertain if his investment objective matches the features of the fund.

Conclusion

Conclusion: Before making investment decisions, investors are expected to seek advice from market operators to avoid getting their fingers burnt like Udoh.  

In latter’s case, all he wanted was an investment that would earn him returns or at least guarantee his investment capital and not the one that depletes his fund.  

While it is worthy of note that investing in Mutual Funds like ARM Investment does not necessarily mean a wrong move (depending on the area one looks at it), consulting an operator/expert helps sharpen one’s understanding of the markets and guide against losing fortunes.  

On the flip side, this event has shown how poorly educated Nigerians are about Investment products and there might be a need to increase effort in improving financial literacy.

Reactions trail Udoh’s disclosure

Udoh’s post generated reactions from those with similar issues, those with better knowledge about mutual fund and those who needed clarity as to the miracle that happened to Udoh’s money.

Those with similar stories

According to one @_Nosa_, who reacted to Udoh’s statement, last year, he invested N20,000 into Stanbic’s Equity Fund, but the value has dropped to N14,382. Nosa said he’s trying to end the investment, “To liquidate, I have to go to a branch so we might have to hit N10,000 before I pull the plug.”

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Olalekan is a certified media practitioner from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). In the era of media convergence, Olalekan is a valuable asset, with ability to curate and broadcast news. His zeal to write was developed out of passion to shape people’s thought and opinion; serving as a guideline for their daily lives. Contact for tips: [email protected]

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Stanley

    November 15, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Capital markets investments just like every other business does not have guaranteed results anywhere in the world. People should know that while some people are making losses, others are also reaping profits. And profits today are no guarantees for future profits. Some people enter the market and expect quick returns immediately, and are shocked when their investments drop and quick to offload even with great losses when they could have reaped profits had they been a bit more patient. Moreso, the Nigerian security market is not advanced yet, hence you can’t leave your investments unattended to, expecting to harvest profits after 10yrs. Track your investments and pull out your money when it has gained reasonably and wait for another low period to return to the market if you wish to.

  2. Bassey Essien

    November 17, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Investment in the Capital market is generally risky following the performance of the general economic conditions of the country. The Nigerian economy particularly hasn’t done well in the recent past particularly in terms of equity.
    In investment decisions, it is important to get advice from those who know better than we do as we can’t possibly know it all.
    In my opinion, fixed income fund would have been a better option considering his risk appetite. The returns would not have been fantastic over the original sum but he would have had something to show for his investment.
    It is important that investment managers open up to their clients not only about the upside potentials but the downside risks as well so it does not come to them as a surprise when the investment falls below expectations.

  3. Richard

    November 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Bros, at least your cry will not sound as loud as that of our brethren that did MMM? Change still remain for you!

  4. Omolola

    November 18, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    The problem is a lot of Nigerians don’t understand how investment works. One of the biggest risk in investment is not understanding the instrument you’re investing in. Financial literacy is a big issue

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Power: Nigeria records transmission peak of 5,459.50MW – TCN

TCN has announced that it hit a peak transmission of 5,459.50MW on the 28th, October 2020.

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) announced that it hit a peak transmission of 5,459.50MW on the 28th, October 2020.

This was disclosed on Thursday in a statement by Ms Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN.

She said Nigeria hit the milestone on October 28th and surpassed the earlier record of 5,420.30MW achieved on August 18.

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Nairametrics reported that the Minister of Power, Engineer Sale Mamman, disclosed that Nigeria’s installed grid power generation capacity has grown from 8,000MW to 13,000MW under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The new peak surpasses the 5,420.30MW achieved on Aug. 18 by 39.20MW,” Ms Mbah said.

The Acting Managing Director, Mr Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, commended all the players in the power sector value chain for the feat.

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He attributed the gradual but steady improvement in the quantum of power delivery to collaboration by the sector players, as well as, the unbridled effort by the Federal Government – through the Ministry of Power – in setting the right environment for seamless operations.

The Acting Managing Director said the company will continue workings towards improved power transmission across the nation.

Nairametrics reported in August that the Federal Government of Nigeria revealed that the Siemens $2 billion power deal, under the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) will save the nation over $1 billion annually.

Structure of the PPI funding:

  • 85% from a consortium of banks guaranteed by the German government through credit insurance firm, Euler Hermes.
  • 15% of the FG’s counterpart funding.
  • 2–3 years moratorium.
  • 10–12 years repayment at concessionary interest rates.

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CBN grants Mortgage Refinancing Companies approval to refinance Non-member banks

The CBN has expanded access to mortgage financing by removing restrictions on refinancing mortgages earlier imposed.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has granted approval to Mortgage Refinancing Companies (MRC), to re-finance non-member banks.

This is contained in a circular referenced FPR/DIR/GEN/CIR/07/056 and signed by Ibrahim Tukur, the Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN.

The circular improved on the earlier provisions contained in section 7.3.1.5 which states that “A mortgage refinance company (MRC) shall not, without the prior approval of the CBN, extend total outstanding credit to any single borrower, which is equal to or more than twenty times the value of the borrower’s shares with the MRC or 25 percent of its shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses.”

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What this means

Based on the provisions contained in the latest circular, MRCs are now free and legally permitted to refinance the qualifying mortgages of banks and all other non-members ( that do not hold equity), subject to meeting all other relevant requirements specified in the framework.

In a nutshell, the restriction on non-member mortgage lenders from refinancing their mortgages with MRCs has been removed.

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READ: MFBs, DMBs, others get new lending limit directive from CBN

Why this matters

Prior to the provisions contained in the latest circular, CBN had expressed fears that provisions of section 7.3.1.5 negatively impacts the mortgages sub-sector, as it constrains the MRCS from refinancing the mortgages of non-shareholder banks. Therefore, the new order will help to remove the restrictions already highlighted.

In lieu of this, the latest circular stated that the provision of section 7.3.1 5 is hereby revised to “the MRC shall not, without prior approval of the CBN, extend total outstanding credit to any single borrower, which is equal to or more than 25 percent of its shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses,” the circular reads.

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Nascon Allied Industries Plc: Increase in sale of goods boosts revenues

Nascon Allied Industries Plc recorded a boost from an increase in the sale of goods revenue-generating unit

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Nascon Allied Industries Plc: Increase in sale of goods boosts revenues

Nascon Allied Industries Plc recorded a boost from an increase in the sale of goods revenue-generating units, as total revenues increased slightly. The company reported revenues of N21.87 billion in 2020 (9months) – 4.01% increase compared to N21.03 billion in the corresponding period of 2019.

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What you should know

Key highlights from 2020 (9months) results

  • Revenues increased by 4.01% from N21.03 billion to N21.87 billion YoY.
  • Revenues from sale of edible, refined, bulk grade salt; seasoning and vegetable oil, increased to N21.87 billion, +22.53% YoY.
  • Other income increased to N12.81 million, +27.43% YoY.
  • No revenue was recorded for freight income on the deliveries of salt and seasoning income-generating unit.
  • Gross profit increased to N8.96 billion, +74.56% YoY.
  • Operating profit increased to N3.64 billion +18.60% YoY.
  • Pre-tax profits increased to N3.47 billion, +16.63% YoY.
  • Post-tax profits increased to N2.29 billion, +13.27% YoY.
  • Earnings Per Share increased to 115 kobo, +12.75% YoY
  • Total assets increased to N44.36 billion, +45.79% YoY.
  • Total liabilities increased to N32.04 billion, +67.21% YoY.
  • Total equity increased to N12.32 billion, +9.35% YoY.

(READ MORE:Dangote’s NASCON Allied Industries Plc moves operation from Apapa)

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Bottomline

Nascon Allied Industries Plc recorded a boost from increase in sale of goods revenue-generating unit, but no revenue was recorded for its freight income on the deliveries of salt and seasoning revenue generating-unit.

READ: Food, Agro & Allied Industries set to export agri-products to New Zealand

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Though companies have generally recorded decreased revenues in the last three quarters, mostly due to COVID-19; Nascon Allied Industries Plc was able to increase its total revenues and pre-tax profits in the period under consideration.

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