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NSE Moves 237.79m Shares Worth N2.19bn



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  • NSE Moves 237.79m Shares Worth N2.19bn

The Nigerian Stock Exchange on Friday moved a total of 237.79 million shares valued at N2.19bn transacted in 2,725 deals in a positive trading.

This was in contrast with a turnover of 146.49 million shares worth N1.19bn achieved in 2,725 deals on Thursday.

Champion Breweries drove the activity chart with 83.79 million shares valued at N194.41m.

It was followed by Zenith Bank, which sold 52.47 million shares worth N826. 58m and Diamond Bank sold 13.69 million shares valued at N13.63m.

UAC Property accounted for 11.73 million shares worth N40.56m, while investors staked N15.45m on 11.55 million shares.

Also, the market indicators sustained an upward trend with the All-Share Index increasing by 38.27 points or 0.15 pet cent to close at 26,328.22, against 26,289.95 recorded on Thursday.

In the same vein, the market capitalisation which opened at N9.045tn inched N13 billion to close at N9.058tn.

Total Nigeria led the gainers’ table, gaining N13.96 to close at N298.96 per share.

Nestle came second with a gain of N10 to close at N750 and 7UP Bottling gained N5.70 to close at N108 per share.

Zenith Bank appreciated by 50k to close at N16 and Stanbic IBTC added 48k to close at N17.48 per share.

Conversely, Guinness Nigeria led the losers’ chart, dropping by N1.65 to close at N649 per share, following investors’ reaction to its half year result for the period ended Dec.31, 2016 released to the market.

Mobil Oil trailed with a loss of 66k to close at N264.50 and Nigerian Breweries shed 47k to close at N142.03 per share.

NASCON dropped 40k to close at N7.83 and Access Bank declined by 22k to close at N6.73 per share.

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.


More Retirees Quit Pension Scheme, Collects N28.46 Billion




114,837 Retirees Quit Pension Scheme, Collects N28.46 Billion

Thousands of retirees whose employers did not adequately fund their Retirement Savings Accounts and retired with balances below N550,000 have collected their contributions and quit the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).

A total of 114,837 employees who retired after attaining the age of 50 and had less than N550,000 in their CPS account had collected their contributions and left the scheme as of the end of June 2020.

This includes contributors from the state, federal and private sectors.

In the quarterly report released on Friday by the PenCom, these retirees withdrew a total sum of N28.46 billion since the inception of the scheme till June.

The report showed about 6,561 of the total retirees that left the program were from the Federal Government sector while 3,879 and 104,397 were from the state and private sectors, respectively.

The report also showed that some of those who collected their contributions included foreign nationals who retired and returned to their countries of origin.

A further breakdown showed as of the end of third quarter of 2019, a total of 109,284 retirees with similar low balances withdrew N27.09 billion. While by the final quarter of 2019, 2,241 retirees withdrew about N569.27 million.

In the first quarter and second quarter of 2020, about 2,227 and 1,085 retirees withdrawn N531.95 million and N274.09 million, respectively. Bringing the total from inception to N28.46 billion.

PenCom stated in its Q2 report on en-bloc payments that, “The commission granted approval for the payment of the entire RSA balances of the categories of retirees whose RSA balances were N550,000 or below and considered insufficient to procure a programmed withdrawal or annuity of a reasonable amount over an expected life span.

“Approval was also granted for payment of RSA balances to foreign nationals who decided to return to their home countries after making contributions under the CPS.

“Accordingly, the sum of N274.78m was paid to 1,085 retirees, which comprised 140 from the public sector retirees (FGN and state) and 1,085 from the private sector retirees during the second quarter.

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Central Bank to Promote Zero Balance Account Opening to Drive Financial Inclusion



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Banks Now Accept Zero Balance Account Opening to Deepen Financial Inclusion

In an effort to boost financial inclusion in the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria has said it would start promoting zero balance account opening to encourage and lure the unbanked into the banking system.

The apex bank disclosed this in its report titled ‘Monetary, credit, foreign trade and exchange policy guidelines for fiscal years 2020/2021’.

The report read in part, “As part of its effort towards promoting greater financial inclusion in the country, the bank shall continue to encourage banks to intensify deposit mobilisation during the 2020/2021 fiscal years.

“Accordingly, banks shall allow zero balances for opening new bank accounts and simplify their account opening processes, while adhering to Know-Your-Customer requirements.

“Banks are also encouraged to develop new products that would provide greater access to credit.”

The apex bank said the Shared Agency Network Expansion Facility, launched to deepen provision of financial services in under-served and unserved locations and drive financial inclusion through agent banking, would continue in the 2020/2021 fiscal years.

Banks, mobile money operators and super-agents would also continue to render returns in the prescribed formats and frequency to the CBN.

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Investors Oversubscribed for FGN Bonds by N205.87 Billion in October




FG October Bonds Oversubscribed by N205.87 Billion

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has said investors oversubscribed for the Federal Government’s October bonds by N205.87 billion.

The DMO stated this after concluding the monthly FGN bonds auction on Wednesday.

Two instruments of 12.5 per cent FGN March 2035 re-opening 15-year bond and 9.8 per cent FGN July 2045 re-opening 25-year bond were auctioned.

The two bonds of N15bn each with a total auction figure of N30bn received a subscription of N235.87bn.

The 15-year tenor and 25-year tenor bonds received 99 and 67 bids but recorded 21 and 26 successful bids respectively.

The amounts allotted for each of the bids were N20bn and N25bn respectively.

According to the DMO, successful bids for the 15-year tenor bond and 25-year tenor bonds were allotted at the marginal rates of 4.97 per cent and six per cent respectively.

However, it added, the original coupon rates of 12.5 per cent for the 12.5 per cent FGN March 2035 bond and the 9.8 per cent for the 9.8 per cent FGN July 2045 bonds would be maintained.

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