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Global Sell-off Should be a Reality Check for Investors: deVere CEO

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Concerns about inflation that are rattling global stock markets on Tuesday should be used as a reality check for investors, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest financial advisory and fintech organizations.

The observation from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group comes as the pan-European Stoxx 600 index dropped 2.3%, with London’s FTSE 100 falling 2.4%.

Losses in Europe follow those in the Asia Pacific region. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng closed more than 2% lower and Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended the Tokyo trading session having shed more than 3%.

Meanwhile, U.S. futures are down across the board ahead of the opening bell in New York.

Mr Green says: “It is to be expected that there would be a jump in prices and supply shortages, in goods like chips and some commodities, as economies re-open and pent-up demand is unleashed by households, businesses and entire industries.

“We’re at a point of major readjustment following an unprecedented economic shock and this is fuelling concerns that rising inflation will trigger central banks to tighten monetary policy which will hit asset prices.

“It is this scenario that is rattling markets and triggering a global sell-off.”

He continues: “Tech shares are bearing the brunt of the sell-off, but this will also be used as an opportunity.

“With our daily lives becoming ever more digitalized – and at a staggering pace – tech will remain one of the mega-trends for investors for the foreseeable future.

“Savvy investors will be drawn to the massive growth that tech offers and this sell-off will used as a buying opportunity.  Nobody seriously believes the future isn’t online.”

Therefore, says Mr Green, investors would be wise to be “selective” about the sell-off.

“With some of the heat being taken out of the markets, with some stocks way too high, they are likely to – perhaps more judiciously than before – move to capitalize on this dip.”

The deVere CEO concludes: “Of course, I don’t have a crystal ball, but history shows that stock markets typically rise over the longer-term.

“Therefore, in the near future, I predict many investors will be seeking out the buying opportunities that exist.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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NGX Suspends Trading in GTBank’s Shares Ahead of Guaranty Trust Holding Listing

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The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited last Friday placed a full trading suspension on the shares of Guaranty Trust Bank(GTBank) Plc.

According to the NGX, the suspension was necessary to prevent trading in the shares of the bank in preparation for the eventual delisting of GTBank to pave way for the listing of the holding company(Holdco), Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc on NGX.

Shareholders of the GTBank had ratified the plan to adopt a Holdco structure and the Group Managing Director of the bank, Mr. Segun Agbaje, had told them the development would see a new corporate entity, Guaranty Trust Holding Plc, take the place of GTBank on the London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges.

He explained that change would entail a 1:1 share transfer while the Holdco would serve as the parent company and corporate center for GTBank Nigeria, all GTBank African subsidiaries and all other new businesses that will be created following the transition.

“Our transition into a Holdco is a necessary step to future-proofing our leadership position, sustainably growing our earnings and achieving our long-term goal of becoming one of the top five financial institutions in Africa. It is also a critical part of our response to the seismic shifts in customer expectations and changes in business models,” Agbaje had said.

He noted that as a Holdco, they will compete more effectively with non-banks in the new competitive landscape; pairing their strength in financial services with an aggressive focus on creating value in every aspect of their customers’ lives.

“We will create a new payments business to deliver the innovative solutions that will deepen and extend digital financial services across Africa. We also believe that we are in a better position to drive an asset management business and a pension fund business, given our strong retail base and digital-first approach to financial services, which we have honed over the past decade. Taken together, our entry into these new growth areas will allow us to maximize our potential in a way that banks were restricted from and enhance the value we create as a platform for enriching lives,” he said.

According to him, following a decade of birthing innovative ideas and nurturing them into businesses, the Holdco structure would he bank to unleash the power within, in ways that allow us to thrive in spaces banks were excluded, build out the full value of the innovations they have nurtured over the years and deepen the value we can create stakeholders.

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Presco Plc to Hold Emergency Meeting to Recommend Acquisition of Private Company to Shareholders

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Presco Plc, an agro-industrial company, has notified shareholders of the company, the Nigerian Exchange Group and the investing public that the Board of Directors of Presco Plc will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday 24th June, 2021 to recommend for the shareholders to consider the acquisition of an existing private company through shares.

The existing private company, according to a statement signed by Patrick Uwadua Esq., Company Secretary, Presco Plc, is in the same line of business with Presco Plc.

Presco said once considered, a resolution will be passed at the company’s next General Meeting to authorise the acquisition of all the shares of the existing private company.

Meanwhile, the company commenced its closed period on today, Wednesday 16 June 2021 until 24 hours after the decisions taken at the Board Meeting are released to the public.

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Cornerstone Insurance, Morison, Others Lead Gainers as Stock Market Gains

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Nigerian Exchange Group rebounded from 1.66 percent decline recorded on Tuesday to close with 0.15 percent gain on Wednesday as more stocks closed in the green.

Investors traded 302,722,917 shares valued at N2.809 billion during the trading hours of Wednesday, against the 297.35 million shares worth N3.65 billion that were exchanged in 4,402 deals on Tuesday.

Market value of listed stocks appreciated from N20.07 trillion on Tuesday to settle at N20.099 trillion on Wednesday.

Nigerian Exchange Group All-Share Index gained 0.15 percent from 38,507.29 index points on Tuesday to 38564.70 index points on Wednesday.

Cornerstone Insurance led gainers with 10 percent, while Morison followed with 9.68 percent as shown below. Sterling bank emerged the most traded stocks with 37473362.00 shares valued at N57825053.65.

Top Gainers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
CORNERST N 0.50 N 0.55 0.05 10.00 %
MORISON N 1.24 N 1.36 0.12 9.68 %
LEARNAFRCA N 0.92 N 0.98 0.06 6.52 %
AFRIPRUD N 6.05 N 6.40 0.35 5.79 %
COURTVILLE N 0.20 N 0.21 0.01 5.00 %

Top Losers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
ABBEYBDS N 1.05 N 0.95 -0.10 -9.52 %
CHIPLC N 0.74 N 0.67 -0.07 -9.46 %
CWG N 1.24 N 1.15 -0.09 -7.26 %
WAPIC N 0.57 N 0.53 -0.04 -7.02 %
REGALINS N 0.48 N 0.45 -0.03 -6.25 %

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
STERLNBANK 37473362.00 57825053.65
ETI 27396295.00 142467020.85
WEMABANK 27146019.00 15001766.29
GUARANTY 26491561.00 745342100.20
JAPAULGOLD 22136983.00 11040985.74

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