Choosing a platform where you save and invest is a crucial decision that can determine if you’ll achieve your financial goals or not. Therefore, it’s not one to take lightly. This is why we’ve put this together, your search for answers on “Which is better: Cowrywise vs Piggyvest” will be fully sorted in this article.
On Cowrywise, you can immediately become an investor by purchasing units from the over 20 mutual funds available on the platform, which are all regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Leveraging this, you can invest for the long-term on a regular basis. Also, there are multiple savings plans that cover your different lifestyle needs like rent, wedding and vacation. Like Cowrywise, Piggyvest has different savings features to choose from. Their investment opportunities are open periodically and to take advantage of their investment options, you will always have to be on the lookout.
Every day, more and more Nigerians are finding out that the true and formidable way to build wealth is by budgeting, saving and investing. There’s a lot that goes into these three things, but that’s a topic for another day. For the purpose of this guide, we’re focusing on these two platforms that Nigerians currently use to save and invest, with a focus on the features readily available on both platforms.
This is an answer to the frequent “Cowrywise vs Piggyvest” requests we receive.
Cowrywise vs Piggyvest – What you should know about Cowrywise Savings Features
Currently, the savings options on Cowrywise are:
Before these, let’s talk quickly about Stash – your safe in-app wallet.
You don’t need a debit card to activate your Cowrywise account. You can use your Stash, an in-app funding option for your savings and investment plans.
Once set up, it provides you with an account number and you can make transfers to it from any Nigerian bank. You can transfer money in your Stash to:
- any of your savings/investment plans.
- another Cowrywise user for free.
- your Nigerian bank accounts with a NGN 25 charge.
Back to the savings plans on Cowrywise…
Regular savings on Cowrywise are for a minimum of 3 months and you can create multiple regular savings plans which can be for rent, your car, etc.
The first major difference between the regular savings plans on Cowrywise and those of Piggyvest is that Cowrywise was built to help you stay disciplined. That’s why you can’t break any savings plans till the maturity date.
We don’t have to be smarter than the rest, we have to be more disciplined than the rest. – Warren Buffet
People often think they’re able to stick to a goal, but how many people are able to stick to just New Year’s resolutions? By February (and that’s even a stretch), many have fallen off the radar.
With the regular savings plans on Cowrywise, you have a system that ensures your financial goals come to pass.
My best feature will be the fact that I can’t move my maturity date earlier than the initial date, I can only extend it after maturity. It feels like with Cowrywise you must be disciplined with your savings. 😄Gloria Onemegba
My best Cowrywise feature is not being able to withdraw my money until the maturity date.Emmanuel Olatunji
Life Goals are savings plans targeted at different financial commitments and are locked for at least one year. Here, you’re not left thinking about what long-term goals to save towards; this is one advantage of using Cowrywise. So many features are embedded into your everyday life and options have already been provided for you in most cases. Under Life Goals, you can choose from Home, Family, Business, Vacation, Education, and Retirement. Cowrywise is really home for your wealth-building.
We have a robust article on this, but let’s shine some light on this savings plan that everybody (yes, everybody!) needs.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, millions of people lost their jobs and only those who had an Emergency Plan could survive without depending on the government or loans. Universally, it is advised that you have at least 6 months of your regular expenses saved in an Emergency Plan. Therefore, if with budgeting over time, you’ve come to find out that 150k covers all your expenses for one month, then your Emergency Plan should have at least 900k saved in it.
With this feature, you are saving for unforeseen circumstances (which are part of life). Also, you’re ensuring you’re financially covered if anything ever happens unexpectedly. Unlike the savings plans with a timeline of at least 3 months, you can remove cash from here anytime. You just need to be true to yourself that you’re really withdrawing for an emergency. The emergency Plans on Cowrywise earn returns derived from safe financial instruments.
Savings Circle is one special feature only available on Cowrywise. This feature currently has three variants under it.
Challenges – for saving with friends and family in a fun and motivational way.
Collections – perfect for your private investment clubs.
Money Duo – for just two people, this is perfect for lovers setting long-term financial goals together.
Halal Savings are for the Muslim faithfuls who want to save with no interest. Everyone’s faith is respected and there’s an option for you to choose from, regardless of your beliefs.
Finally under the regular savings plans are the life goals.
Cowrywise vs Piggyvest – What you should know about Piggyvest Savings Features
Currently, the available savings options on Piggyvest are
- Flex Naira
- Flex Dollar
Piggybank is the feature that allows you to save daily, weekly or monthly. With this feature, you can turn on automated savings and can top up whenever you want. When you put money here, Piggyvest picks an automated withdrawal date for you. However, you’re allowed to break this plan whenever you want and a small percentage of what you withdraw will be debited.
Flex Naira on the other hand is more flexible, just as the name implies. You can keep cash there without a set withdrawal date and you’ll not be debited when you make a withdrawal as there’s no strict withdrawal date set.
Here, you can keep your cash in Dollars.
Safelock is a feature that’s not breakable. You choose your withdrawal date yourself and no crying can unlock this feature once the padlock is set.
Targets is the feature created to help you target different savings goals.
Piggyvest has built a great app but if your goal is to actually stay disciplined with your money goals and also go beyond savings so you can start investing, then Cowrywise is your best option.
That’s it for the savings features on both platforms. Time to put the spotlight on investments…
What you should know about investment options available on Cowrywise
As of the time of writing this guide, Cowrywise has the largest collection of mutual funds in Nigeria, and all the funds are registered with and regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Cowrywise has the highest level of investment license in Nigeria 🔐
Cowrywise is the first fintech company in Nigeria with an SEC license in the fund/portfolio management category. If we were to compare, it will be “the CBN” for investments. The SEC regulates the operations of investment companies, just as the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) regulates banks. As an investor, the SEC ensures your funds are safe.
More on Mutual Funds
Mutual Funds are a mix of diverse types of assets, so investing in one Mutual Fund often means you’re investing in many assets at once.
Mutual Funds are excellent for first-time and retail investors in general.
A major advantage here is that you have to take a short assessment before investing to help you know what type of investor you are. The three categories of investors are conservative (low-risk), moderate (medium-risk) and aggressive (high-risk).
After the assessment, you’re then shown the best types of investments to choose from based on your risk tolerance. If you’re the type of investor who likes to ensure your capital is always safe, there’s something for you. It’s ok if you don’t mind a little adventure, there’s something for you. If you’re an OG and have built a high-risk appetite over time, there’s also something for you!
Why are Mutual Funds exciting?
Because they continue to grow and as a long-term investor, that’s the type of asset you want to invest in, one that’s steady.
Unlike Piggyvest where the least amount you can invest is 5k, on Cowrywise, you can begin investing with even less. Also, investments on Cowrywise allow everyone to have a slice, no matter what time of day it is. Whenever you log into the app, you will always have an option to invest in.
First come, first serve. Come anytime and you’ll be served with more than enough.
Moreover, Dollar Mutual Funds are also available and these allow you to expand your portfolio beyond Nigeria.
What you should know about investment options available on Piggyvest
Piggyvest has four categories of investments which are Fixed Income, Real Estate, Agriculture and Transportation. However, as at the time of writing this guide, none of these investments is available for you because they are all sold out.
Most of the investments on Piggyvest are agricultural-based and might not be suitable for conservative investors who want the option of low-risk assets. Though they show a fixed interest rate on the agricultural and transportation investment options on the app, it is widely known that with both of these sectors, anything can happen.
Investments being sold out gives the notion that investments are still available for a select few, which defeats the whole purpose of encouraging more and more people to become retail investors. Piggyvest investments are available for those who can “quickly” buy-in before it gets filled up and this is a major difference with investment options on Cowrywise that you can buy anytime.
If people are to use investments to break poverty and build generational wealth, then the investments have to be easily accessible and convenient.
Cowrywise vs Piggyvest: Which one should you use to build wealth?
Of course, we’re biased.
Cowrywise is your best bet if you want an app that caters to both your savings and investment needs.
Have you struggled to meet your financial goals in the past and want an app that assists you in staying disciplined? A perfect accountability partner? Your best bet is Cowrywise.
Your best bet is still Cowrywise if you want to have the option to choose assets with different risk levels.
Cowrywise vs Piggyvest – there’s more?!
Well, there is.
Something for developers
Taking things a notch up, Cowrywise will be making APIs public to help fund managers across the world access diverse services and open up more investment options to serve customers in Nigeria better.
These APIs do not just apply to fintech companies; any company can embed investment features in their products as these investment APIs simplify regulatory, compliance and technical hurdles. The APIs are open for early access and if you’d love to be part of this, check here.
Cowrywise is not just enabling retail investors to have access to credible investments. We are building an investment management infrastructure to enable any company to embed investment features into their services.
Also, you get exclusive access to:
- Money Health: In the Cowrywise app, you can see your savings score and how you’re doing in terms of finances. You earn a badge after every milestone. You also get constant encouragement to choose consistency because just as physical health is important, money health is too!
- Our network of partners: Some of the top fund managers in Nigeria include ARM, United Capital, Lotus Capital, Meristem, Afrinvest and SFS, and they all have assets on Cowrywise. Many more will also come on board.
- Halal Investments: One of our core values is inclusivity and Halal investing is investing in companies that are in line with Islamic principles. Your faith matters to you so it matters to us too.
- Investors: Some of the best companies in the world are backing Cowrywise, companies like Microtraction, YCombinator (YC), Quona Capital, K50 Ventures, Catalyst Fund, Venture Souq, and SHL Capital have all invested in Cowrywise.
- Financial education for Nigerian students: The Cowrywise Campus Ambassadors are a strong community of University students. Cowrywise trains and guides them towards financial freedom. We believe that like Warren Buffet, the earlier you begin your journey to financial freedom, the better!
- The Cowrywise Blog: Cowrywise currently has over 200 financial education guides and explainers that continue to change people’s understanding of how money works.
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Someone is sitting in the shade of a tree today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Warren Buffet
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