If you are a beginner investor in Nigeria, you might be wondering where to put your money for long-term gains. One option to consider is investing in bonds, which are financial instruments issued by the government or corporate entities to raise money from investors.
Why Invest in Bonds?
Bonds are considered a safe investment because they are issued by reputable institutions and offer a fixed rate of return, ensuring that your earnings are predictable over the investment period. Plus, they are issued by large and stable institutions, like governments and reputable companies.
There are four types of bonds you can invest in:
Sovereign Bond (FGN Bonds): This type of bond is issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria and is considered the safest form of investment. You’ll receive a fixed rate of return and your investment is backed by the “full faith and credit” of the government.
State and Local Government Council Bonds (Sub-National Bonds): These bonds are issued by state or local governments and are backed by an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO).
Government Agency Bond: These bonds are issued by government agencies to raise money for specific projects.
Corporate Bond: These bonds are issued by private companies and offer a fixed rate of return.
How to Invest in Bonds?
Bonds can either be purchased through the primary market (where freshly issued bonds are sold) or the secondary market (where pre-owned bonds are traded). You’ll need to work with a Primary Dealer Market Maker (PDMM) who is licensed to sell and buy bonds.
The minimum required investment amount is N50,000,000.00, but you can invest smaller amounts through a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF).
At GT Fund Managers, we can help you determine which type of bond is best for your investment goals and guide you through the process. Investing in bonds is a great way to diversify your portfolio and generate stable returns.
Investing in bonds is a smart way to grow your money without taking on too much risk. With the right strategy and guidance, you can build a portfolio of bonds that’s tailored to your individual needs and goals. So why wait? Contact GT Fund Managers today to learn more about how we can help you get started!