FBNQuest creates diversification portfolio for investors

Michael Oyebola

Michael Oyebola

. Launches new equity, eurobond fund
As part of its efforts to address the need for credible alternatives to invest in local and dollar denominated funds, the Asset Management business of FBNQuest (a part of the FBN Holdings Group), has launched two new mutual funds – the FBN Nigeria Smart Beta Equity Fund and the FBN Nigeria Eurobond (USD) Fund.

The FBN Nigeria Smart Beta Equity Fund is an equity fund, which invests money predominantly in a portfolio of Nigerian companies by using a rigorous, research-based and tested evaluation system to determine the most investible stocks on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

On the other hand, the FBN Nigeria Eurobond (USD) Fund is a fixed income fund, which predominantly invests money, and generates income as well as capital appreciation in USD denominated debt instruments issued by the Nigerian Government and Corporates.

This, according to the company means that clients can invest their USD, directly in the fund, as current income from the fund’s underlying securities to provide attractive returns.It added that unit holders would also receive returns in USD from semi-annual dividend income.

According to the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Asset Management business, Michael Oyebola, the key value propositions of the two new funds are to allow both individuals and institutional investors to take advantage of opportunities on dollar instruments and the stock market, which may not be readily accessible due to high minimum investment amounts; and enable them achieve profitable diversification of their investments.

He explained that the Smart Beta Fund would invest money across all sectors, even as investors will be able to purchase and sell units in the funds throughout their existence.

In line with the company’s commitments to encouraging savings and financial inclusion, he said the Smart Beta fund has a minimum investment of N50, 000, while the Eurobond Fund requires a minimum of $1000 for retail investors and $100,000 for institutional and High Net worth investors’.

“We have introduced these funds as we seek to create value-driven connections with our clients by helping them look beyond today’ Oyebola stated.

“Being a member of one of the strongest and most dependable financial groups in Africa, our goal is to constantly provide solutions to support their evolving needs, and the opportunities for diversification through these two new funds further affirms our client-centric approach to service delivery.”

FBN Capital Asset Management is an asset manager in Nigeria (by mutual funds under management as at February 5, 2016). Its Money Market Fund (MMF) had grown to become the largest in Nigeria with NGN92.88 billion; the FBN Fixed Income Fund (FIF) is the largest Bond Fund with NGN4.61 billion and the FBN Heritage Fund (HF) is also currently the largest Balanced Fund with NGN4.37 billion.

The firm was also recognized as the Best Asset Manager in Nigeria in 2014 at the EMEAFinance African Banking Awards in London.

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