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Seven early lessons on personal finance from the Covid-19 pandemic 

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us some financial lessons we would have preferred not to learn. Here are seven personal finance lessons



The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us some financial lessons we would have preferred not to learn. Here are seven personal finance lessons that we can learn from the ongoing crisis, which could make the next downturn little less painful.

Emergency funds are not wasted assets

Many financial advisors consider emergency funds to be wasted assets, but the Covid-19 crisis has shown the wisdom of having adequate emergency funds.  If there is a pay cut, a delay in salary, or job loss, an emergency fund can help you tide through difficult times.

The rule of thumb for creating an emergency fund is to have at least 3-8 months worth of bare minimum expenses in your kitty. Going forward, building an emergency corpus should be seen as essential, even as we focus on investment and earning handsome returns post Covid-19.

Short-term investments are unreliable

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Panic selling as a result of uncertainty is spooking markets around the world. Therefore currently, you might see around 25% to 30% fall in your equity portfolio. Thus, if you are not having an emergency fund in place and decide to use your investments, this might further prevent you from attaining your investment objective.

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Investors with emergency funds in place are encouraged to continue disciplined investing through systematic investment plans (SIPs) and stick to their asset allocations. A consistent, long-term investment strategy over time is what will build wealth.

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Having an alternative source of income is not a luxury but a necessity 

Putting all of your eggs in one basket is never a good thing, and the same goes for trusting that your 9-to-5 will always be available to you. This is where an alternative source of income will come in handy. It will help you meet these necessary expenses and tide over difficult times.

There is no magical limit as to the number of extra income streams you should create. An alternative source of income need not be additional work with a regular job. Extra assignments over weekends, a part-time job in the evenings after work, or home-based work are good ways to earn that extra income.

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The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and attendant forced lockdown imposed by national and sub-national authorities will vary considerably across different industries and asset classes.  

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Diversification premium is an investment cure for coronavirus. Having a mix of assets across sectors and geographies is the best way to ensure that one spell of volatility, as in this pandemic, does not take your portfolio down.  

If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it

As Covid-19 infests income sources, many families are now forced to closely consider how to spend every available naira. If you have lost your job or now receive a reduced paycheque, how long will you be able to meet your basic needs?

Budget, a listing of income and expenses, is the most basic and effective tool for managing your money. Every budget must start from the same place: figuring out how much you’re making and how much you’re spending each month. By figuring out where your money is going, you’ll be more aware of where you need to cut back to have enough money for the things you need and the things that are important to you. It is vital to your financial health and everyone should do it.

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Health is also wealth

If there’s anything the COVID-19 virus made us realize, it’s that our health remains our most valuable asset. What good is your wealth if you don’t have a strong and able body to enjoy it? The community quarantine gives you an opportunity to focus on your physical and mental health by reducing your stress and possibly your workload.


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As we all know, the penetration of health insurance is very low in Nigeria.  However, in such a pandemic-like situation, health insurance helps you to cover any medical cost without disturbing your investments. Even if your employer provides health insurance, it’s always better to have your own insurance. This is because the health insurance offered by your employer won’t be in effect in the event of a layoff/job loss.

The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray

The year 2020 was earmarked to be the ’20-plenty’ year. The United Nations labeled it a year that would usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. On a personal level, COVID-19 has affected many facets of life–from career changes, and family vacations, to renovation projects, business plans for expansion and growth, retirement plans, etc.–all have been altered, set back or permanently impaired.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of the day that we neglect to take time to do the things that we know will bring true wealth as we look back on our lives. The pandemic has provided the much-needed break from our busy schedule to sit back and reflect on life and career or business choices. For many, living a rich life includes a rich family life that involves connection, sharing, closeness, and love.  Building a healthy family culture is paramount.

Staying financially secure is a crucial step in getting through your daily life, and this challenging time has once again instilled this lesson. Tough times do not last, but tough people do. In times such as these, let’s try our best to remain optimistic and positive.

This too shall pass.

Article was written by Oluwaseun Oguntuase

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Nigeria’s Manufacturing Sector contracts for 6th consecutive month

The manufacturing sector contracted for the sixth consecutive month as 8 subsectors contracted out of 14.



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The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), for the month of October, witnessed a contraction for the 6th consecutive month, as it stood at 49.4 index points.

This was disclosed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in its October PMI report released today.

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According to the information contained in the report, despite the fact that the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the month of October contracted, the Manufacturing PMI index recorded a month-on-month increase owing to improved New orders, faster manufacturing supplier delivery time, and slight changes in production and employment levels.

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What you should know

The report stated that, out of the 14 subsectors surveyed, 6 subsectors reported expansion (above 50% threshold) in the review month in the following order:

  • Electrical equipment
  • Transportation equipment
  • Printing & related support activities
  • Chemical & pharmaceutical products
  • Textile, apparel, leather & footwear
  • Cement

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While the remaining 8 subsectors reported contraction (below 50% threshold) in the review month in the following order:

  • Primary metal
  • Petroleum & coal products,
  • Paper products
  • Fabricated metal products
  • Furniture & related products
  • Nonmetallic mineral products
  • Plastics & rubber products
  • Food, beverage & tobacco products

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PMI for the non-manufacturing sector stood at 46.8 points in October 2020, indicating contraction in Nonmanufacturing PMI for the seventh consecutive month. Of the 17 sub-sectors surveyed, 3 subsectors reported growth, while 11 subsectors declined.

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CAP Plc set to merge with Portland Paints and Products Plc.

CAP Plc and Portland Paints have taken a decision to merge their respective businesses in accordance with applicable laws.




The Board of Directors of Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP Plc), and Portland Paints and Products Plc (Portland Paints), have decided to merge their respective businesses in accordance with applicable laws to drive growth and expansion within the Nigerian and African markets.

This is according to a press release signed by Bolarin Okunowo, the Managing Director of Portland Paints, made available on NSE, Monday, 26th October 2020.

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The completion of the proposed merger is subject to approvals being obtained from the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the Federal High Court, as well as shareholders of CAP and Portland Paints.

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What you should know

  • Should the proposed merger go ahead, CAP Plc will emerge as the resultant entity.
  • The proposed merger will be executed by way of a Scheme of Merger (the “Scheme”) in accordance with Section 711 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020, and other applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
  • The Scheme will involve the transfer of all Portland Paints Plc’s assets, liabilities and business undertakings including real property and intellectual property rights to CAP Plc.
  • In consideration for the transfer, CAP Plc is offering shareholders of Portland Paints a choice to receive N2.90 cash for every Portland Paints share held OR 1 new ordinary share of CAP Plc, credited as fully paid up for every 8 Portland Paints shares held.
  • The proposed consideration represents a 45% premium to the last traded share price of Portland Paints Plc on October 16, 2020, being the last business day prior to the date on which CAP Plc sent its merger proposal to the Board of Portland Paints and a 41% premium on the trading price as at close of trading on October 23, 2020.

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What they are saying

Commenting on the proposed merger, David Wright, Managing Director of CAP, said, “The decision to pursue the proposed merger, is driven by the Board’s strategic plan to aggressively grow within the Nigerian and African markets.

“We believe that the Proposed Merger presents a unique opportunity that will benefit all stakeholders, from shareholders to customers, as well as the broader economy. I am excited by the prospect of an enlarged company with a broader decorative paint portfolio covering the premium, mid-market and affordable segments and the inclusion of marine and protective coatings, all of which will benefit our customers and shareholders.”

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The Managing Director of Portland Paints, Bolarin Okunowo, submitted that “In recent months, the Board and Management of Portland Paints have evaluated various strategic options with a view to positioning our company to capture emerging growth opportunities.

“CAP Plc’s business is complementary to ours, and both companies will be better able to serve our respective customers by coming together. I believe the combination of Portland Paints and CAP will yield significant benefits for all of our stakeholders.”

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Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc – with 85.98% of the company’s issued share capital owned by UAC Nigeria Plc, manufactures and sells decorative, industrial, and marine/protective coatings for the construction of oil & gas industries in Nigeria. Portland Paints is the Nigerian representative of Hempel. It is listed on the NSE.

Chemical and Allied Products Plc (CAP) – a subsidiary of UAC Nigeria Plc – which holds 51.49% of the company’s shares, manufactures and sells premium and standard paints and coatings, and is the sole technological licensee of Akzo Nobel Coatings International B.V. in Nigeria. It is listed on the NSE.

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#EndSARS: Anyone found culpable in Lekki Toll Plaza shooting would be held accountable – Sanwo-Olu

Sanwo-Olu has continued to ensure Nigerians that those found culpable in the unfortunate Lekki shootings will not escape the law.



#EndSARS: Anyone found culpable in Lekki Toll Plaza shooting would be held accountable - Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the Lagos State Government would ensure that anyone found culpable in last Tuesday’s shooting at the Lekki Toll Plaza would be held accountable for their actions.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Lagos State Government, after the Governor’s interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson.

In the interview with CNN, the Governor said, “We will be committed to a full investigation of what happened and people would be held accountable. They certainly would be held accountable. We would do everything possible to ensure that they are held accountable.

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“People have claimed that their friends and family members have been killed. So, this Judicial Panel of Enquiry is meant to bring all of these stories to accountability; where we can make restitution, where families can prove and identify officers that were responsible for this.

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“I am not the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I am Governor of a State. The report would be out and we would channel the report to all the relevant authorities in the state to ensure that every one that is found culpable is accountable for the act.”

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He added that there was no international pressure on Nigerian leaders to investigate the Lekki incident, and he had met the #EndSARS protesters. He also acknowledged that the protests were legitimate.

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“There are no international pressures whatsoever. These are genuine protesters that we all believe and we all have knowledge about. I was the first governor among governors, with due respect to all my other colleagues, who came out to meet with them, who started from the front. I carried the EndSARS flags with them. I met with them twice and we all had the rally together and worked together,” he said.

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Sanwo-Olu also said that the investigations would be a catalyst for positive change of Governance, and he saw it as a wake-up call for those in power.

“I genuinely believe there would be a change for two reasons. One, what has happened, especially in Lagos is extremely unimaginable. Number two is that it was a clarion call for all of us in government, especially understanding and realizing what the youths truly want us to be doing. So, it hit all of us like a thunderbolt and it was just a wake-up call,” he said.

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What you should know

Nairametrics reported last week that several social media accounts had revealed that peaceful protesters were allegedly being shot at by the military at the Lekki toll holdout. The Nigerian Army, however, denied deploying soldiers to attack #EndSARS protesters who assembled at the Lekki Toll Plaza.

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The Lagos State Government ordered an investigation into the Lekki Toll Plaza shooting that was allegedly done by some men of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday evening. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had also stated that Lagos State would not burn on his watch, as he tried to calm things down after hoodlums wreaked havoc post-Lekki shootings, and announced that the Judicial panel set up by the state would include the incident at Lekki toll gate.

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The Lekki incident has gotten the world’s attention, with the Governor and other members of government admitting that there were casualties as a result of the incident. The onus is on the Federal Government to ensure the recommendations of the state judicial panels are properly executed after they submit their reports.

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