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Fidelity Bank’s Stock Trading Volume Jumps by 252 Percent on Monday Despite Price Shedding 1 Percent



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Investors are jumping on shares of Fidelity Bank despite the bearish trend of the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

The volume of shares traded on Fidelity Bank rose by 252 percent from 7,970,506.00 shares traded on July 1, 2021 to 28,094,407.00 shares valued at N64,532,321.76 on Monday, July 5, 2021 despite the price of Fidelity Bank’s shares moderating slightly by 0.86 percent on Monday to N2.3 a unit.

While it is unclear what led to the surge in transaction volume, it is likely due to insider dealings by directors or related entities. However, Fidelity Bank and other listed companies seldomly disclosed insider dealings instantly but will do so in a few days, weeks, or even months later as seen in recent disclosure filings.

Mr. Nelson Nweke, a non-executive director of Fidelity Bank Plc, has been increasing his stake in the bank in recent months. In June, Nweke bought additional 23,943,440 shares valued at N54,851,860.2.

The non-executive director, who was appointed to the bank’s board on January 1, 2021, had previously added 13,005,700 shares worth N26.922 million in the month of May 2021 at an average price of N2.07 per share.  Therefore, the surge in volume is likely as a result of insider dealings.

The Nigerian Exchange Limited gained 0.02 percent or N4 billion on Monday to close at N19.923 trillion.

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

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Fidelity Bank Empowers Entrepreneurs to Play Big In The Non-Oil Export Market



For developing countries such as Nigeria to accelerate economic growth, there needs to be greater private sector participation in their export sectors. This was made known by Isaiah Ndukwe, Divisional Head, Export and Agriculture, Fidelity Bank PLC, at the just concluded 11th edition of the Fidelity Bank Export Management Programme (EMP 11).

Held at the Lagos Business School, from the 4th to 8th of October 2021, the programme, covered a wide range of topics including export documentation and application of export development processes and was facilitated by leading faculty from Lagos Business School, staff of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and experts in financial management and exports.

“Year-in, year-out, Fidelity Bank has demonstrated its resolve to help diversify the Nigerian economy and increase export earnings. One of the ways we are doing this is through the Export Management Programme which provides participants with the knowledge needed to navigate both the international non-oil export market and the larger export market,” explained Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Managing Director, Fidelity Bank PLC when tasked on the rationale behind the programme.

The importance of exports has continually been emphasized by various bodies as it provides a means of increasing the markets for producers and especially in Nigeria’s case, an opportunity to attract much-needed foreign exchange earnings. In fact, Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), speaking recently at the Mid-term Ministerial Performance Review Meeting on the topic: ‘Nigeria’s Economic Resurgence: The African Experience’ expressed worry over disincentives to non-oil exports in the Nigerian economy. He, therefore, urged Nigerian fiscal authorities to remove bottlenecks in non-oil exports in order to promote economic resurgence.

One of the participants of the EMP 11, Mr. Kelechi Chukwukezirim, Chief Executive Officer of Dot Global Resources Nigeria Ltd said, “I am thankful to Fidelity Bank and Lagos Business School for this insightful and highly educative program. I came here with just an awareness of export management. However, my experience in the past five days has taken me from point zero to over 40% of quality knowledge on export management. I have enthused at the network and platform this program created that I could leverage going forward. I am excited at what the future holds in this regard”.

According to Mrs. Onyeali-Ikpe, “Previous editions of the EMP have recorded outstanding successes and made marked impacts in the lives and businesses of the participants. We are proud to say that the just-concluded eleventh edition is no exception. The feedback we have gotten from facilitators and participants alike has been nothing short of encouraging. The turnout was tremendous and we are certain that we will witness astonishing results as the participants put what they learned into practice.”

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Combined Market Cap of Largest US Banks Jumped to Nearly $1.4T, an 80% Increase YoY




The largest banks in the United States reported blockbuster second-quarter results after the pandemic loan losses didn’t happen and the US economy began roaring back to life. Moreover, the banks’ stock also significantly recovered since the beginning of the year, rising high above the pre-pandemic levels.

According to data presented by BuyShares, the combined market cap of JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup, as the five largest banks in the United States, jumped to nearly $1.4trn last week, showing a massive 80% increase year-over-year.

Double-Digit Growth After Hard 2020

There are several reasons why the US banks have outperformed the analysts’ estimates and turned 2021 into a year of significant recovery. First, consumer spending in the country has climbed significantly, in some sectors even beyond pre-COVID-19 levels. Second, credit quality has also improved while savings and investments have risen. Moreover, a national vaccination roll-out has allowed Americans to get back to work and start spending again.

These circumstances had a major influence on banks’ profitability driving their stock price to new all-time highs. For example, according to YCharts data, the market cap of JP Morgan Chase, as the largest bank in the United States and globally, jumped by $205bn in the last year.

In September 2020, the combined value of shares of the US megabank stood at $293.5bn. Over the next six months, this figure jumped to $465bn and continued rising. Statistics show that JP Morgan Chase’s market cap hit nearly $500bn last week, a massive 70% increase compared to January figures.

Bank of America, as the second-largest bank by market cap, witnessed even bigger growth. Over the last twelve months, the combined value of shares of the US multinational investment bank surged by $153.8bn or 73%, reaching $362.5bn last week.

Still, that was nothing compared to the stock price growth of Wells Fargo, which market cap almost doubled in this period. In September 2020, the combined value of shares of the third-largest US bank stood at $97.2bn. Statistics show this figure surged by 98% since then and hit $193bn last week.

Morgan Stanley’s Market Cap Soared by 153% YoY, the Biggest Increase Among the Top Five Banks

Although far behind the top three US banks in terms of market cap, Morgan Stanley witnessed the biggest stock price growth last year. In September 2020, the combined value of shares of the New York-based financial services corporation stood at $74.5bn. By the end of the year, this figure jumped by 55% to $115.7bn.

However, 2021 witnessed even more impressive growth. Statistics show that over the last ten months, the market cap of the fourth-largest bank in the United States surged by another $73bn and hit over $188bn last week, revealing an impressive 153% increase year-over-year.

The YCharts data revealed that Citigroup witnessed a 54% market cap growth in this period, the smallest among the top five US banks. Between January and October, the combined value of shares of the US bank jumped by $51bn or 54%, reaching $144.3bn last week.

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FirstBank Fintech Summit 5.0: Bridging the Gap Between Finance and Technology



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In another selfless effort to demonstrate its commitment to financial services with strategic partnership geared towards growing the Fintech space in Nigeria, FirstBank, the country’s leading financial institution and Fintech frontrunner will virtually bring together thousands of fintech giants and enthusiasts in its 2021 Fintech Summit tagged Fintech Summit 5.0. The previous editions of the FirstBank Fintech Summit have been impactful in ensuring the business and banking public are better informed of latest technologies and advancement in the world of financial technology and electronic banking, irrespective of where they are across the globe.

This year’s event will be no different as it will be more enlightening and impactful. Reserve your seat in the FirstBank Fintech Summit 5.0 by registering via this link The virtual event will hold by 10 am on Thursday, 7 October 2021.

The Summit themed “Open banking and its derivative opportunities for the financial ecosystem“’ will feature key and leading players in the banking and technology climate in Nigeria comprising policy influencers, regulatory officials etc. The event is open to everyone keen on being enlightened on Open Banking and the latest API initiatives.

To better understand FirstBank’s commitment and dedication to Nigeria’s growing fintech industry, it is imperative to highlight historical milestones that have set the bank apart, both locally and globally.

FirstBank introduced the first ATM Cash Deposit in Nigeria in 2011. This new technology ensures Nigerians can deposit at any nearby ATM 24 hours a day against the conventional method of waiting until Monday or the following morning to deposit as the bank closes between 4 pm to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

This move eased banking services by making cash deposit machines available, even on weekends, in a nation grappling with insecurity and a high crime rate. It helped curb robbery, ensure the safety of bank customers and guaranteed business continuity during holidays.

Similarly, FirstBank launched agent banking to further the Central Bank of Nigeria’s financial inclusion agenda and improve the number of Nigerians in the financial system and tax net. Since it was launched a few years ago, FirstBank has grown its banking agent, popularly called FirstMonie Agent, to over 130,000 agents nationwide.

FirstBank is the first bank in Nigeria to issue 10 million ATM cards and the second bank to do so in the entire African continent. In 2015 and 2016, FirstBank was also recognized by Interswitch as the first financial institution in Nigeria to achieve 100 million sustained monthly transactions in electronic payment.

This was before it took it a notch higher by introducing an alternative banking channel, WhatsApp Banking, Firstmonie Wallet as well as the recently launched LIT app to support existing channels like FirstMobile, Firstonline, etc.

What FirstBank has done and presently doing is to bridge the existing gap between finance and technology by collaborating with the right people and creating an enabling environment for fintech experts, innovators, cybersecurity experts and other tech giants to work together.
This is one of the reasons, FirstBank Fintech Summit was launched in 2016.

In the now yearly event, Nigeria’s most valuable banking brand with the largest financial inclusion network of over 750 branches and 130,000 banking agents (Firstmonie Agents) that operate across 772 of 774 local government areas, has consistently brought together thousands of participants year after year.

In 2020 alone, FirstBank FinTech Summit brought together over 6,000 participants from 52 countries despite COVID-19 disruption. A Silicon Valley-based innovator was chosen as keynote speaker to showcase the bank’s products to its wide audience and also serves as a platform for the communication of major policy initiatives and pronouncements that also provide clarifications to policy.

The annual Fintech Cocktail also offers the opportunity for networking and collaboration among Fintechs. Meaning, it creates opportunities for collaboration within the community and showcases small businesses and startups from the FirstBank platform. Being part of the FirstBank FinTech Summit 5.0 cannot be overemphasized.

According to FirstBank, it has formed an array of strategic partnerships geared towards expanding the Bank’s digital footprint across the Fintech space, as well as expanding its value-added service propositions through the yearly Fintech Summit. Some of these touch on the delivery of expanded lifestyle services on the Bank’s digital channels, expansion of tech-driven support services to SMEs, as well as consolidation of the Bank’s technical and transactional handshakes and collaborations within the payments space. FirstBank has been at the forefront of FinTech innovation in Nigeria.

In the last few years, FirstBank has revolutionised finance services with unique innovations like the introduction of WhatsApp banking channel, *894# Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), Firstonline Internet Banking, Firstmonie Wallet, Firstmobile as well as LIT mobile banking application and FastTrack ATM amongst many others designed to enhance more financial operations without needing to physically interact with the machine.

Established in 1894, FirstBank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on the fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, optimised risk management and leadership.

Over the years, the Bank has led the financing of private investments in infrastructure development in the Nigerian economy by playing key roles in the Federal Government’s privatisation and commercialisation schemes. With its global reach, FirstBank provides prospective investors wishing to explore the vast business opportunities that are available in Nigeria, an internationally competitive world-class brand and a credible financial partner.

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