Investing in Nigeria is an intimidating endeavour for a lot of people. This is particularly so for young people who are just joining the labour force with modest income level. For a lot of underemployed folks as well, saving is hard enough let alone investing.
However, it doesn’t have to be so. In this piece, we will try to break down simple ways to get started in your investment journey.
1. Have A Goal
Having a goal is the first step in getting started in your Nigerian investment journey. Your goal will define a clear picture of what you desire to get out of investing. Goals make the investment journey purposeful. Would you like N50million by age 40? Would you like to have a piece of land at Ibeju Lekki by 35? Or you simply would like to have a strategic capital or cash of N10million in your account by age 30?
2. Do Your Research
Once you have a goal in mind, the next step is to do some research. The research includes learning about the investment options available in the Nigerian market. Some popular investment vehicles include Treasury Bills, Mutual Funds, Fixed Deposits, Equities (stocks) among others. These investments have varying risk-return profiles. You could send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need help before deciding which one is good for you, based on your income level and expected performance over the years.
3. Start Saving
As soon as you figure out which of these investment products align well with your goal, start saving aggressively. Saving aggressively doesn’t necessarily mean you should save all your salary. It means to be consistent with whatever amount you feel capable of saving, usually like 10% –20% of your monthly income. Once you have saved up a certain amount, you can then move this amount into any investment vehicle you have identified in step 2 above.
A Smarter Approach
I know you are thinking that might take a long time; saving for a while and then start investing later. This is one of the reasons we built Cowrywise. Cowrywise allows you to save and invest at the same time. Whoop! Whoop!
Cowrywise is an automated saving and investment platform in Nigeria, that allows you to automate your savings daily, weekly or monthly. Your savings are then automatically moved into risk-free investment instruments that provide you access to earn predictable returns. This predictability helps you to properly gauge your progress towards achieving your goal.
The Cowrywise App combines the 3 steps outlined above. You get to not only save money conveniently but also save time as your savings are immediately invested. The App opens up investment opportunity to millions of savers. This is our idea of #BeyondSavings.
Download the Cowrywise App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and start ‘savesting’, or visit the Cowrywise website.
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