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Commodity Exchanges must protect investors interests—SEC

Nigeria’s commodity exchanges have been tasked to have investor protection at the centre of their operations to improve investor confidence and attract more investors.

This charge was given by the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, at the presentation of Eko Gold Coins to the agency by the Lagos Futures and Commodities Exchange (LCFE) in Abuja.

Yuguda specifically urged the LCFE and the entire value chain to always have investor protection at the core of their work because, eventually, this is what will make the product succeed.

“Now, the gold itself has great value; once you put out your money and buy it, you have a value that is incontrovertible, but where we need to be careful is the associated investment product, the derivatives products.

“The derivatives products are built around the product itself. We must have investor protection at heart because if it is taken off and investors have confidence that anytime I want to sell this investment,” the SEC DG stated.

He noted that when people invest, they are postponing current consumption for future consumption and need to be paid some returns as a price for that postponement of current consumption.

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“So, when you sell this product in the future and make a gain, you are actually being rewarded, but when you sell the product in the future and you make a loss, you are making two losses.

“One, you are postponing current consumption and two, you have not recovered your principal in the future. When people do that, as it happened in the stock market in 2008, you find out that investor confidence wanes.

“So, when we do things, we have investor protection and investor interest at heart; you find out that you create a product, everything you are doing tells you this is the direction I am going.

“When you see that product deviating, you go back to the drawing table and say, I must make sure that investors make money out of this. If we do that, the sky is the limit for this product that you have demonstrated today,” he said.

Yuguda commended the LCFE on the demonstration and presentation and assured the exchange’s support in the development of the product and in the efforts to enlighten both the market participants and the investors who will put in their money.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Lagos Commodities and Futures Exchange, Onyewenchukwu Patrick Ezeagu, said the core vision of setting up LCFE was to provide a viable structure that will transform the Nigerian commodities market and redefine practice standards which would catalyse economic growth in Nigeria.

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