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SEC, Stakeholders Harp on Fintech, Collaborations for Capital Market Efficiency

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other stakeholders in the Nigerian capital market, have championed the adoption of technology and fintechs in the development of innovative products critically needed for capital market efficiency.

This was revealed over the weekend at the 12th annual conference of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ICMR) with the theme: “Navigating Nigeria’s Economic Realities: The Transformative Power of Technology in the Capital Market.”

Speaking on the topic; “Empowering market participants through education and capacity building,” the Executive Commissioner, Operations, SEC, Dayo Obisan, urged registrars to first of all identify the participants in the sector, which has changed due to technology, in order to educate them.

He said, “The market has changed. There has been a lot of dynamics. A lot of people use the word, fintechs loosely but a lot is happening in that space and that was one of the reasons we had to quickly revise the capital market master plan. Back then, there were no fintechs, there were no digital brokers, there were no robot advisors, but we now have those, and we had to quickly register.”

Ade Bajomo, the President, FinTech Nigeria, during his keynote address urged capital market operators to harness technology’s potential to boost their operations while being cautious of associated risks.

Bajomo said, “Technology has the potential to be a powerful equaliser and if our industry is to play a part in the fifth industrial era, then we must have capital market operators use the technology. It has been proven time and time again that those who exploit technology in a certain manner will keep competitive advantage.

“We must also be mindful of the potential risks in the use of the technology in our capital market. We must ensure we have appropriate regulatory framework in place to protect investors and maintain market integrity. In conclusion, the power of technology in transforming the capital market is undeniable. However, we must use this power responsibly and with caution.”

In his presentation at the conference, Professor of Capital Market, Uche Uwaleke, advised companies to diversify their business operations in order to weather the economic headwinds in the country.

He said innovation and resilience are essential for sustainable business growth in an uncertain world.

“Core principles of business resilience include risk identification, contingency planning, diversification, innovation, and strong relationships with customers and suppliers.

“Strategies for sustainable business growth during uncertain times include developing new products and services, adopting new technologies, creating sustainable business models, focusing on innovation management, building a strong brand and reputation, leveraging customer-centric innovation, data-driven decision-making, and nurturing strong relationships with customers and suppliers,” he said.

Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive, Central Securities Clearing System Plc, Haruna Jalo-Waziri, said, “One of the reasons everyone had to accommodate the fintechs in the banking space was that the entry of the fintechs was translating to the growth of the market.

“So even though they came in as fringe players, they brought in a lot of innovations. So those who are traditional are beginning to say, ‘If we remain traditional, we will lose relevance in this market.’ And that’s why every bank today is investing in a fintech with all the HoldCos coming up or strategically supporting a fintech brand.

Jalo-Waziri, who was represented by a director at the CSCS, Tobe Nnadozie, added “If we want this market to grow, we need to encourage fintech so that they can come in and bring very innovative products.”

In his welcome remarks, the President/Chairman of Council, ICMR, Oluseyi Owoturo, said the theme of the conference had been premised on the challenging economic conditions of the country.

He said, “At this conference, owing to the weakened macroeconomic environment, surging inflation that is pushing millions of Nigerians into poverty amidst global commodity shocks, depreciating currency, trade restrictions, steady decline in per capita income, fall in real GDP growth to 3.3 per cent in 2022 from 3.6 per cent in 2021, and the dramatic alteration of the capital markets over the past few decades through technology-induced innovations such as electronic exchanges and high-frequency trading; the Institute would want us to deliberate on how Nigeria is navigating these economic realities. Consequently, our theme for this year’s conference is “Navigating Nigeria’s Economic Realities: The Transformative Power of Technology in the Capital Market.”

“It is our desire that this conference should expose what should be done to regain economic momentum through the capital markets in Nigeria, discover the secrets of navigating uncertainties in the economy, and how innovative technology could help transform and expand the capital market.”

 


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Unity Bank Customers Win Over N4 Million in Cashtoken Rewards Promo

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Unity Bank customers have claimed over N4 million in cash rewards in its ongoing loyalty programme recently rolled out with Cashtoken, a Cash Reward-as-a-Service company.

The winners included no fewer than 40 customers who adopted and transacted on the Bank’s digital banking platforms, including the UniFi mobile banking application, the *7799# USSD platform or activated their Unity Bank Verve Card to transact on e-payment terminals across Nigeria.

Beginning from onboarding in our customer lifecycle journey, the Unity Bank Cashtoken Partnership commenced as a loyalty and reward scheme to reinforce the benefits of e-banking platforms.

To begin, Customer transactions earn cash tokens, which are then redeemed to qualify for the monthly Cashtoken Rewards draw. Consequently, winners emerge from the draws to claim the cash prizes.

Recall that the retail lender announced the ongoing Cashtoken Rewards loyalty programme in December 2023 in partnership with Cashtoken Rewards Africa to empower customers and improve customer satisfaction.

The partnership with Cashtoken Rewards also provided an opportunity for the Bank to migrate customers—old and new—to a platform that will continually create exciting rewards and appreciation for loyalty.

Eghomware Iyamu, Unity Bank’s Head of E-Business, commenting on the success of the Cashtoken Rewards loyalty program, stated: “We are excited to see our customers win over N4 million in cash rewards through our partnership with Cashtoken.

“This initiative demonstrates our commitment to recognizing and rewarding the loyalty of our customers”.

“By leveraging our digital banking platforms, including the Unifi mobile banking application and the *7799# USSD platform, we are not only enhancing customer experience but also providing life-changing opportunities.

“The Cashtoken Rewards program is a testament to our dedication to improving customer satisfaction and creating meaningful rewards along our customer lifecycle journey.

“We look forward to seeing more of our customers benefit from this exciting program as we continue to innovate and deliver exceptional value to them.”

Unity Bank has robust electronic banking products which include mobile and digital banking channels, including ATM, PoS, or any digital payment channels which support retail product transactions across the country. New-to-Bank customers are invited to open a Unity Bank account, onboard onto the digital platforms and begin transacting on the various platforms to earn cash token rewards and cash prizes while existing customers are encouraged to onboard and transact to win even more rewards and cash prizes.


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FXTM Academy Concludes Successful Event in PHC, Host Next Event in Lagos

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FXTM, a global online trading company is hosting an exclusive training for traders where participants can discover the strategies used by the world’s top traders to gain mastery of the market.

L-R: Oluwafumbi Ogedengbe, Specialist Client Education, FXTM Nigeria; Adaeze Uzochukwu, Education Coordinator, FXTM Nigeria; Mathew Anthony, Manager, Market Analysis, FXTM Nigeria; Destiny Ikeakanam, Education Coordinator, FXTM Nigeria and Pius Ogbu, Specialist, Client Education, FXTM Nigeria.

FXTM Academy is dedicated to helping traders and trainees achieve exceptional results in the global markets.

According to Mathew Anthony, Educator at FXTM Academy “We are a global online trading platform that offers stocks, commodities, and other financial instruments, providing traders with access to various markets, competitive pricing, and advanced trading tools.

“Our goal is to empower traders to Learn, Trade and Earn from the global markets.”

This Academy will provide free tutorials through webinars, workshops, video presentations, online courses, market analysis, insights, professional mentorship, and support.

“By offering education and training, FXTM Academy aims to help traders improve their trading skills, make informed trade decisions, and achieve their financial goals.”

Abiola Akinyele, Executive Director of FXTM Nigeria said the registration of the training has opened on the FXTM website and event will take place on the 17th of August.

He said it will be quite exciting and will provide great opportunities for participants to grow the skills to unprecedented heights and to join the ranks of the elite.


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Nova Bank Will Make Great Impact – Oduoza

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Phillips Oduoza, chairman of Nova Bank Plc, has said that the new commercial bank is poised to create jobs and make a great impact.

Nova Bank Will Make Great Impact – Oduoza

Oduoza who spoke at the launching of Nova Bank’s first branch as a national commercial bank in Lagos, said that the bank’s foray into commercial banking and upgrade to National Banking Licence were part of a long-term goal to make an impact.

He said, “We are not here just to maximise profit, but we are here as Nova to have the greatest impact in the society. And this is one of the reasons why we decided to extend to commercial banking business.

“We have been very, very successful, as testified by our customers in the wholesale banking space. And we felt it is just necessary to extend the service to the retail end of the market, which is where you will have the largest population of banking customers.

“Therefore, we want to transfer that success story to the retail end of the market. We want to impact the Nigerian economy as a whole. We want to assist in job creation, stability of the country, which Mr President has been working on. So, by going commercial, it gives us a platform for more job creation in the country.”

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who performed the ribbon cutting for the inauguration of the first branch, commended the board and management of Nova Bank for taking the decision to invest more into commercial banking not minding the various challenges and uncertainties in the economy.

He said, “We need to encourage them; we need to stay in touch with them because they have a choice.

“They could as well have remained as a nimble wholesale bank or as a merchant bank as a matter. But they felt they need to take it further, and this means they need to dip their hands into their pockets and bring additional resources that would make it possible for them to be able to compete on a larger scale.”

 

 


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