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BoI Expands Renewable Energy Funding With N1b Solar Fund

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  • BoI Expands Renewable Energy Funding With N1b Solar Fund

To further increase access to clean, cheap and reliable electricity to remote customers on and off the national grid, the Bank of Industry (BoI) has unveiled its N1bn Solar Energy Fund for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in the country.

The acting Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, BoI, Waheed Olagunju, who made the announcement in Lagos, said it was important to support the provision of sustainable and reliable energy for the MSMEs.

Indeed, the bank had in 2015, commenced with the provision of long-term financing for the installation of off-grid solar home systems in six communities in a pilot phase, as part of its Renewable Energy Partnership with the United Nations Development Programme.

This, he explained, was why the BoI decided to provide the Solar Energy Fund to the MSMEs.

According to him, the BoI is already playing an active role in lighting up and powering Nigeria through the provision of solar energy solutions for rural communities, having successfully deployed solar solutions worth N240m in six off-grid communities in Niger, Osun, Gombe, Anambra, Edo and Kaduna states, under its pilot scheme.

He said, “These communities with an average of 200 homes each previously had no access to electricity, but since the provision of clean, reliable and sustainable solar electricity, the lives of the indigenes of these communities have changed significantly.”

Olagunju explained that the provision of solar electricity in the communities had reduced energy costs, created more micro businesses, improved health care and quality of education, and generally provided a new lease of life for indigenes of the otherwise unserved communities.

He said, “This initiative is being replicated in other rural communities in collaboration with our development partners, United Nations Development Programme and relevant state governments, and it is now being scaled up to provide energy for the MSMEs across the country, commencing with the N1bn Solar Energy Fund.”

He said the BoI, being a Development Finance Institution, was able to come up with highly concessional funding solutions with interest rate as low as seven per cent and equally flexible terms and conditions.

“This also explains why the BoI is able to partner with the UNDP under which we are able to access increased level of financial support that peaked at $1.2m last year. Blending the grant with the BoI’s debt financing enables us to charge low interest rate,” Olagunju added.

He explained that the projects would be implemented in collaboration with eight solar energy project developers, who had been carefully selected through a competitive and transparent process.

“They will be responsible for implementing the solar projects by providing the MSMEs with solar solutions using appropriate business models,” he added.

Former Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and former United Nations Under-Secretary General and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sustainable Energy for All, Dr Kandeh Yumkella, commended the bank for the move adding that deploying the renewable solution will aid the nation’s industrial growth.

The MSMEs’ growth and development are crucial to the level of industrialisation, modernisation, income per capita, equitable distribution of income, welfare and quality of life enjoyed by the citizenry of any nation.

He, however, lamented that the growth of the MSME subsector in Nigeria had been hampered over the years by a combination of factors, one of which was access to reliable electricity.

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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REVEALED: Millionaire Investors’ Biggest Mistakes in a New Survey

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Relying on guidance from historical returns is the number one investment mistake made by millionaires, reveals a new global survey.

The survey was carried out by deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations, and queried 752 investors with investable assets of more than £1m (or the equivalent) in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australasia, Latin America and North America about their biggest errors whilst investing before they became clients.

The top cited mistake (38%) was reliance on historical returns, the second (35%) was not having sought advice, and the third (21%) was lack of diversification. A collection of other mistakes and ‘do not knows’ made-up the remaining 6%.

deVere CEO and founder, Nigel Green, says: “It’s interesting to see that for the first time in our surveys of this kind that the number one investment mistake high-net-worth individuals have made is, they say, reliance on guidance from historical returns.

“To me, this suggests that wealthy investors are paying attention to how the world has changed dramatically this year and, therefore, investment strategies need to adapt and evolve too in order to reflect the new era we’re living in.

“With fundamental shifts in economies and the markets, the often-quoted industry phrase ‘past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance’ has perhaps never rung more true than it does today.”

He continues: “It’s encouraging that seeking advice is deemed fundamental to success by millionaires as it shows that DIY investing and not having a regularly reviewed plan is, typically, a path full of costly pitfalls.

Mr Green goes on to add: “The lack of diversification was in some ways bound to make the top three. Why? Because it is universally regarded as an investor’s best tool to mitigate risks and capitalise on opportunities that arise.”

The fact the top three mistakes are all fairly close in percentage terms says to the deVere boss, “that, in fact, they all link in pretty tight to number two – that’s to say, having a robust, considered and consistently reviewed strategy for your personal finances.”

Mr Green concludes: “To some, this could appear as if investing your hard-earned money is dangerous.

“Yet nothing could be further from the truth – not investing is likely to be more dangerous to your wealth over the longer-term.

“This is shown by the fact that most of the world’s wealthiest people are themselves committed investors.”

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Investors Turn to Digital Health Startups With $10 Billion Funding in 2020

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Global Investors Dump $10 Billion on Digital Health Startups in 2020

Data presented by Buy Shares shows that digital health startups funding has hit $9.9 billion in 2020. The highest funding was recorded in Q3 at $4.6 billion.

The surge in funding is expected to continue

Between Q1 and Q3, the funding grew by 58.62%. During Q1, the funding was $2.9 billion. The figure slightly dropped during Q2 to $2.4 billion.

The Buy Shares research also overviewed the five largest digital health funding deals as of Q3 2020. Bright Health was the biggest deal at $500 million with funding from Blackstone, Tiger Global Management among others. XtalPi recorded the second-highest funding at $319 million.

In the third spot, there is RecursionPharmaceuticals with cumulative funding of $239 million while Ro is fourth at $200 million. Out of the overviewed top funding, Ground Rounds is ranked fifth at $175 million.

The research highlights the value of digital health to investors. According to the research report:

“To investors, the digital health sector offers a promise of both good financial returns and key positioning by supporting companies that build solutions to address clinical and operational hurdles. The sector offers a unique value to companies as they hold integral direct access to both providers and patients.”

The surge in funding is expected to continue and shatter various records in 2020.

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World’s Five Largest Asset Management Companies Hold $22.5trn in Assets, More than US GDP

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Global Five Biggest Asset Management Companies Hold $22.5trn in Assets, More than US GDP

Institutions and individuals who invest money usually do so with the asset manager’s help, a company that manages their investments and makes a profit for both sides. These firms make well-timed investment decisions on behalf of their clients to grow their portfolio and finances.

According to data presented by Stock Apps, the world’s five largest asset management companies hold $22.5trn in assets, more than the GDP of the United States. With more than $7.3trn in assets under management or one-third of that value, BlackRock represents the leading asset manager globally.

Total Assets Under Management of BlackRock Surged 57% in Five Years

Asset management companies work with several investors, which enables them to reduce the risk, diversify their clients’ portfolios, and provide access to higher-value options with better capital appreciation prospects. In many cases, they make money by charging fees based on the number of assets they manage, although some companies charge flat fees. These firms usually also provide other services than asset management, which generates only a part of their revenue.

The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, has become one of the leading players on the financial market over the last 25 years. It serves individual investors, companies, governments, and foundations through 70 offices all around the world. BlackRock also tops the list of largest Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) providers in the United States and has played a huge role in advising the US government during the financial crisis.

In 2015, the total value of assets under BlackRock’s management amounted to $4.6trn, revealed the company’s annual report. During the last five years, this figure surged by 57% to $7.3trn in 2020. Besides leading in the value of managed assets, the New York-based financial giant also witnessed a steady market cap growth in 2020. In September, the total value of BlackRock stocks hit $83.6bn, a 22% jump year-over-year.

With $5.7trn in total assets under management, the Vanguard Group ranked as the second-largest asset manager globally. The US financial company, with 20 locations worldwide and 17,600 employees, is also the second-largest provider of exchange traded funds and the largest provider of mutual funds in the world.

Eight of the top 10 Asset Management Firms are US Companies

UBS Group represents the third-largest asset manager globally, with more than $3.5trn in assets under management. The Swiss financial corporation and the country’s largest bank announced a net profit of $1.23 billion for the second quarter of 2020, an 11% drop year-over-year mostly caused by the continued credit losses amid the coronavirus crisis.

However, higher trading activity continued to support the bank’s earnings between March and June. The Group’s quarterly earnings also revealed an operating income of $7.4bn, compared to $7.5bn a year ago. Statistics show the Swiss lender lost $1.6bn in market capitalization in 2020, with the total value of stocks falling from $45.6bn in December 2019 to over $44bn this month.

State Street Global Advisors and Fidelity Investments ranked as the fourth and fifth largest asset managers globally, with $3.05trn and $2.92trn in total assets under management.

Analyzed by geography, the US asset managers lead on the global list of the most successful companies, with eight of the top 10 asset management firms from the United States. Statistics also show the world’s largest banks like JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America were not among the top five asset managers in terms of managed assets.

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