Volatility of Nigeria’s Capital Market Won’t Stop Till After 2015 Elections – Operators

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Some capital market operators on Monday said that the equity price volatility in the nation’s capital market would persist until first quarter of 2015.

They told newsmen in separate interviews in Lagos that the market would stabilise after the general elections.

Mazi Okechukwu Unegbu, a former President, Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN), said that the capital market would continue to nosedive because of cash dependent policies introduced by regulators.

Unegbu said that unfriendly government economic policies such as devaluation of the naira, brokers and Bureau De Change capitalisation affected market growth and development.

He said that cash induced policies of the government led to loss of jobs, stressing that the nation’s unemployment rate would increase at the completion of capital market operators recapitalization.

“The capital market will continue to nosedive with cash dependent policies introduced by the government,” Unegbu said.

Unegbu said that scarcity of funds in the economy due to the 2015 general elections contributed to the development in the capital market.

He also urged discerning investors to take advantage of low prices of equities at the nation’s bourse to increase their stake in the market.

“This is the best time to buy for people that have excess funds but investors must not borrow to invest in the market,” he said.

Mr Bayo Olugbemi, President, Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ICMR), said the nation’s bourse would not experience stability without increased participation of local investors.

Olugbemi said that increased participation of local investors was crucial to market growth and sustainable development, considering present realities in the country.

He said that the market should map out strategies to increase the participation of local investors to cushion the effect of foreign portfolio investors that were pulling out of the market.

Olugbemi said that many portfolio investors were bailing out from the Nigerian capital market because of naira devaluation, persistent fall in oil price, political instability and security challenges.

“There is always a problem anytime portfolio investors bail out in the market,” Olugbemi said.

The ICMR president said that most stocks were selling below fair value because of the development.

He said that the capital market would not be vibrating as expected because of political and economic uncertainties.

Olugbemi, however, expressed optimism that the market would bounce back because due to low price of equities.

 

Source: Nigerian Bulletin

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