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Foreign Investment in NSE Drops by 15%

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The participation of foreign investors in the Nigerian Stock Exchange fell by 15 per cent between January and February this year, data from the NSE showed.

The NSE had put the level of participation by the foreigners at 51.57 per cent for January 2016. But the latest data released by the Nigerian bourse showed that for February 2016, the number dropped to 36.48 per cent.

Despite the fall in foreign portfolio investment at the Exchange, total transaction (comprising domestic and foreign portfolio investments) increased to N117.27bn in February, from N84.10bn in January.

Foreign portfolio investments for the period fell to N42.78bn while foreign inflows also dropped to N10.94bn from N17.01bn.

In the same vein, foreign outflow rose in February to N31.84bn from N26.36bn for January.

The NSE also recorded growth in domestic retail equity deals. The figure rose to N36.24bn in February from N18.88bn in January.

Investments by domestic institutions also rose to N38.25bn in February from N21.85bn the previous month.

The institutional composition of  the  domestic  market increased   by 75.05 per cent, and according to the Exchange, this indicated that institutional  investors slightly  outperformed their retail counterparts in the period under review.

In 2013, there was a major rebound in the domestic   component   which   led   to   an almost equal split  in foreign against domestic transactions.

This led to a drop in 2014 when the FPI outperformed domestic transactions.

In 2015, FPI dropped compared to 2014. However, it slightly outperformed domestic transactions in the same period.

The dwindling returns in the country’s stock market caused foreign portfolio investors to pull out N410.49bn from the equities segment of the NSE between January and August last year.

Just as was the case in 2014, foreign investment outflow exceeded inflow in the first eight months of 2015.

Foreign investors had pulled out N846.53bn from the stock market in 2014 although they invested N692.39bn, a development that caused the NSE All-Share Index to close with a negative return of -16.14 per cent.

The market is dominated by foreign investors. They accounted for 57.52 per cent of total transactions in 2014.

In the first eight months of 2015, foreign investment inflow was N367.10bn, which was N43.39bn less than outflow.

Despite the reported exit of many foreign investors from the stock market and expectations that domestic investors would take advantage of low stock prices, foreign investors still dominated the market, accounting for 54.36 per cent of the N1.430tn transactions in equities as of August.

Further review of the participation statistics showed that foreign portfolio investment outflow exceeded inflow in six of the eight months under consideration.

Inflow exceeded outflow in April 2015, as investor confidence rose after the peaceful conduct of the presidential election, and in June following the change in government. Year-to-date, the NSE All-Share Index has a negative return of -12.40.

The N1.430tn transactions recorded in the equities segment of the NSE in the first eight months of 2015 was, however, 5.8 per cent or N88bn lower than the N1.518tn transactions recorded in the same period of 2014.

The Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, had promised that the commission would work hard to attract more investment and encourage more Nigerians to participate in the capital market.

According to him, the commission will ensure that the market remains vibrant in order to attract local and international investors.

He was quoted as saying, “We will step up to reach out to the market and improve investment. On the international side, what is most important is the enabling environment. Right now the rules are very friendly and that is why we keep changing them from time to time to suit best practices and attract investors.

Mounir also emphasised the need for investor education both for retail and institutional investors as a means to improve the level of investment from the domestic investors.

The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers had lamented that over 60 per cent of the Nigerian stock market was controlled by foreign investors. He said the situation was a major cause for concern.

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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