Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) has said that the total allotments for FGN Savings Bonds rose to N5.06 billion in the first five months of 2023.
Jude Chiemeka, Divisional Head, Capital Markets at NGX made this known during the NGX Savings Bond webinar 2023 organised by the Exchange in collaboration with Optimus by Afrinvest, a foremost fintech platform, supported by the Debt Management Office (DMO) and CSL Stockbrokers.
Chiemeka noted that the webinar was aimed at creating more awareness of the benefits of FGN Savings Bonds to the investing public especially the retail segment of the market as this would encourage participation in investments and further enhance financial inclusion in the country.
While stating that the retail savings bond product was introduced by the Debt Management Office (DMO) on behalf of the Federal Government in 2017 to democratise its activities in the bond market by making it easily accessible to Nigerians to ensure continuous development of the domestic market and bridge infrastructure deficit which has been a constraint to economic growth, he revealed that activities in the FGN Savings Bonds market have remained on the upward trend in the current year.
“FGN Savings Bonds market have remained on the upward trend in the current year (from January to May) with allotments at an average of N1.01 billion (Total allotments from January – May stands at N5.06 billion). However, there remains opportunity for further participation by the investing public.
As inflation remains unrelentingly on the upward trajectory (Now at 22.22 per cent as at May) the yields on FGN Savings Bond which are in double digits offers an opportunity for investors to taper negative real interest rates,” he said.
He thereafter said that the Exchange remains keen to provide an efficient, liquid and transparent market for investors and businesses in Africa, to access capital and build wealth while adding that it continue to collaborate with all market stakeholders for the collective growth and development of the capital market in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Patience Oniha, Director-General, DMO represented by Monday Usiade, Director, Market Development Department, DMO during the webinar revealed that federal government had successfully raised N50.2billiin from about 35,000 subscribers so far.
Commending the NGX for its role in enlightening retail investors of the opportunity that exists in fixed income securities market, especially with respect to the FGN savings bond, the DG said that the DMO uses the FGN bond benchmark yield curve to price the savings bond to ensure that retail investors earn comparable returns.