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Pension Manager Invests N350b in Equity Market

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  • Pension Manager Invests N350b in Equity Market

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Ltd. (SIPML) says the company’s Assets Under Management (AUM) presently stands at N2.53 trillion with N350 billion invested in the equities market.

Its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Eric Fajemisin, stated this at a media conference in Lagos.

He said the company’s AUM was in excess of N2.53 trillion with over 1.6 million retirement savings account across the country.

Fajemisin said the company’s investment in the equities market as of today stood at 12. 5 per cent, representing N350 billion, adding that the company had paid N66. 5 billion to 37,700 retirees from inception in 2004 to December 2017.

He said the payment was done monthly and quarterly as required by retirees without hitch in the last 14 years.

“There is still more land to conquer in the industry and great improvement is also required,” Fajemisin said.

According to him, the company has emerged as the country’s largest Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) in terms of clients.

Speaking on micro pension scheme, Fajemisin said the scheme was one initiative with a great potential if properly harnessed.

He said the scheme had the capability of landing the industry into the next phase of growth and development.

Fajemisin said the scheme had the capacity to deepen the country, considering the fact that 70 per cent of Nigerian working population operate in the informal sector.

He highlighted other benefits of the scheme to include improved standard of living for the elderly, safety of funds, access to mortgage facilities and health insurance, among others.

Also speaking, SIPML Executive Director (Investments), Mr Oladele Sotubo, said the company remained a major player in the equities market with about 12.5 per cent investment.

He said the multi fund structure to kick off on July 1, would compel PFAs to invest not below the required threshold.

Sotubo said multi fund structure was divided into four different funds tagged Fund one, Fund two, Fund three and Fund four.

He said age was determinant factor in PFAs investment exposure in the proposed multi fund structure.

Sotubo said Fund one was the most aggressive fund for below 49 years.

He said the National Pension Commission (PenCom) rule stipulated that PFA equities exposure in Fund one should be a minimum of 20 per cent and maximum of 75 per cent.

According to him, Fund two is for 49 years and above with a minimum equity investment of 10 per cent and a maximum of 55 per cent.

Sotubo said under Fund three, 50 years and above were allowed to invest a minimum of five per cent in equities and maximum of 20 per cent.

He said that PFAs equity exposure under Fund four would be zero to 10 per cent to minimise risk.

He said investment in equities comprised Mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds and private equity funds, among others.

He said that operators had been given a window of six months after the July 1 kick off date for compliance.

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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States Debt Rises by 163 Percent -BudgIT

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Debts of All 36 States Rise by 163 Percent or N3.34 Trillion to N5.39 trillion Between 2014 and 2019

Debts continue to rise across the 36 states of the Federation, according to a recent report by BudgIT, a public sector-focused financial information house.

In the just released 2020 edition of its annual state of states report titled, “Fiscal Sustainability and Epidemic Preparedness Financing at the State Level”, BudgIT said debts rose by 162.87 percent or N3.34 trillion from N2.05 trillion in 2014 to N5.39 trillion in 2019 across the 36 states.

The report stated that 10 of the states incurred half or N1.68 trillion of the entire debt, adding that seven of the 10 states are from the South while three are from the North.

Speaking on how states can attain fiscal sustainability, Damilola Ogundipe, BudgIT’s Communications Lead, said: “States need to grow their Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, as options for borrowing are reduced due to debt ceilings put in place by the Federal Government to prevent states from slipping into debt crisis. There has to be a shift from the culture of states’ overdependence on Federation Account Allocation Commission, FAAC.

The report further stated that 13 states, including Lagos, Oyo, Kogi and others, were unable to fund their recurrent expenditure together with debt repayments due in 2019.

It stated: “From our 2020 State of States analysis, 13 states were unable to fund their recurrent expenditure obligations together with their loan repayment schedules due in 2019 with their respective total revenues. 

“The worst hit of these 13 states are – Lagos, Oyo, Kogi, Osun and Ekiti states while the other states on this pendulum are Plateau, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Cross River, Benue, Taraba and Abia. 

“Furthermore, of the remaining 23 states that can meet recurrent expenditure and loan repayment schedules with their total revenue, eight of those states had really low (less than N6 billion) excess revenue, that they had to borrow heavily to fund their capital projects. 

“The worst hit are Zamfara, Ondo and Kwara who had N782.45 million, N788.22 million and N1.48 billion left, respectively. 

“Based on their fiscal analysis, only five states – Rivers, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Kebbi states – prioritised capital expenditure over recurrent obligations, while 31 states prioritised recurrent expenditure according to their 2019 financial statements.”

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Oil Marketers Says No to Labour Strike, Decries Over N320bn Losses

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Oil Marketers Reject Labour Strike, Decries Over N320bn Losses

Oil marketers across the country have rejected labour’s planned strike over N320 billion worth of investment losses.

The marketers under the aegis of the Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria also kicked against the proposed industrial action by the Nigeria Labour Congress and other civil right groups, pleading with the union and allies to have a rethink and look into the situation from a bigger picture.

This was after labour and other civil right groups announced they would be embarking on a nationwide strike starting from September 28, 2020 to force the government to reverse the increase in pump price and electricity tariffs.

Labour had said the government remained insensitive to the plight of Nigerians despite the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the economy and Nigerians.

However, Ukadike Chinedu, the association spokesperson of Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria, who was quoted in a statement issued in Abuja, said members of the association may be forced to cut staff in an effort to reduce operating costs given current economic realities.

He said, “Some of our concerns are heavy losses of over N320bn investments from product purchases at government specified prices and sales at compelled price reductions, which could not be justified by the costs of transaction.”

Ukadike added that several oil businesses were no longer trading because of heavy losses and several others were dying in silence.

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Banks’ Credit to Economy Hits N19.33 Trillion in August

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Deposit Money Banks Credit to Economy Rose to N19.33 Trillion in August

The total credit facility to the economy rose to N19.33 trillion in the month of August.

The Central Bank of Nigeria-led monetary committee disclosed on Tuesday after the nation’s monetary policy committee meeting.

The committee attributed the improvement to the 65 percent loan-to-deposit ratio policy implemented to compel the nation’s deposit money banks to join central bank efforts at growing the real sector of the economy.

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who spoke during the meeting said “The bank’s policy on Loan to Deposit ratio also resulted in a significant growth in credit to various sectors from N15.57tn to N19.33tn between end-May 2019 and end-August 2020, an increase of N3.77tn.

“This growth in credit was mainly to manufacturing (N866.27bn), consumer credit (N527.65bn), oil and gas (N477.65bn), agriculture (N287.11bn) and construction (N270.97bn).”

On monetary aggregates, broad money supply (M3) rose to 6.93 per cent (year-to-date) in August 2020 from 5.23 per cent in July 2020, reflecting the increase in both Net Foreign Assets and Net Domestic Assets.

He said total domestic credit grew by 6.94 percent in August 2020, lower than the 9.43 percent recorded in July 2020.

The committee reduced the nation’s benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points to 11.5 percent, down from the previous 12.5 percent.

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