By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Knowledge, they say, is power and with the changing world, it is very important to always update what someone knows so as to be well-informed, especially in the investment world.
This was the main reason Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, recently hosted a virtual session to enlighten Nigerians on the potentials of investing in the stock market.
The Stanbic IBTC webinar themed You Don’t Know About Stocks? Come On Now featured stockbroking experts like Afolabi Gbenro, Head, Sales Trading and Benjamin Jesumuyiwa, Head, Mandate and Settlements, both of Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers with Tosin Olaseinde, founder of Money Africa, Jennifer Awirigwe, Certified Financial Educator and Solafunmi Oyeneye of Wealth Motley, a Personal Finance Educator as panellists.
The goal of the session was to acquaint individuals new to the stock market with basic stockbroking terms, useful stock trading tips and how to use the Stanbic IBTC stockbroking app.
Afolabi stated the importance of diversifying investments in stocks and listed factors that affect the prices of stocks as supply, demand, news, and investor sentiments.
He stated that the benefits of investing include dividend yield, capital appreciation, equity shareholder privileges and utilising investments as collateral, stressing the importance of research and advising Nigerians to conduct their own research and evaluate companies before investing.
On considerations before entering the stock market, he said, “You would need capital, investment objective, and risk profile assessment to determine the kind of investment you should venture into. You would also need to stay abreast of market updates.”
Benjamin Jesumuyiwa, Head, Mandate and Settlements, Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers, urged Nigerians to invest in stocks to reap long term rewards.
He said: “The stock market makes it easy to buy shares of companies and they can be purchased through a broker or via online platforms. Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers offers a discounted rate of 0.7 per cent on brokerage fees. Once you have set up an account, stocks can be purchased in minutes.”
Benjamin talked about the ease of using the Stanbic IBTC web and mobile applications platforms, stating that the platforms have been designed to allow customers to sign up themselves, with direct access to the market.
Tosin Olaseinde commended Stanbic IBTC for making stock trading accessible and affordable for Nigerians, as individuals can open a stockbroking account with zero naira.
She advised beginners to invest while gaining knowledge about the stock market and recommended Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) as an entry point especially for people who have an aversion to high-risk investments.
She said: “As a beginner, the best place to start is the Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). It is a mixture of different equities in one stock. It offers you the opportunity to participate in a couple of stocks without buying everything individually.”
Solafunmi Oyeneye mentioned liquidity and dividends over a long period of time as advantages of trading stocks, encouraging beginners to access the Stanbic IBTC stockbroking app through their smartphones for convenience and less paperwork.
Jennifer opined that the stock market is a good place to invest because it is highly regulated, and the risks can be easily assessed. She also recommended the Stanbic IBTC Stockbroking app for trading stocks for ease of use and speed.
The stockbroking investment series by Stanbic IBTC further reaffirms the commitment of the financial institution to equip individuals with the essential information required to make informed investment decisions.