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Mutual Funds in Nigeria on Cowrywise
On the 21st of May, 2019, we became the first retailer of top mutual funds in Nigeria. Till date, we are still the only platform that makes it possible for Nigerians to invest in mutual funds for as low as ₦100. If you’ll love to learn about the basics of mutual funds, you can check here and here.
Currently, we retail 13 mutual funds with a combined value of ₦23.1billion ($63 million) from high-flying fund managers in Nigeria. Amongst these funds, we have a dollar fund which allows you to start investing with as low as $100. Did you know that the average entry deposit for such, before Cowrywise, was $1,000? Yes, we keep things simple and accessible.
Also, we have money market funds, equity funds, halal funds, and bond funds. Everyone is welcome to invest with Cowrywise - regardless of your faith or income level. Now that you see how we have worked some magic for you, let’s show you how these funds performed in 2019.
Performance Reports of Mutual Funds on Cowrywise
NIDF, which stands for Nigerian International Debt Fund, was the best performing naira bond fund. This fund, which is managed by Afrinvest Limited, performed excellently in 2019 - it earned 19.86%.
In the same vein, the Bond Fund managed by United Capital (a sister company of United Bank for Africa) did not disappoint. The fund earned 14.49% for investors in 2019. Bond funds, which help you access government and corporate bonds, did some good numbers last year.
Money Market Funds
With returns of 11.28%, the Meristem Money Market Fund was the best-performing money market fund on Cowrywise in 2019. The two other money market funds - Afrinvest Plutus Fund and United Capital Money Market Fund - earned 8.10% and 8.11% respectively.
Did you know that all money market funds invest in low-risk financial instruments? That way, your capital is kept safe at all times. Also, they serve as good options for building emergency funds as they can be accessed anytime. Do they still attract returns? Yes.
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This type of funds blends instruments with various risk levels (treasury bills, bonds, equities etc.). For example, a fund can invest in treasury bills (low-risk), bonds (medium risk), and equities (high-risk).
Despite the slow performance of equities (shares/stocks) in Nigeria, last year, the fund managers ensured that investors earned positive returns. It is key to note that the best strategy is to play the long-term.
Currently, we retail three balanced funds:
- United Capital Balanced Fund (3.77% in 2019)
- Lotus Halal Investment Fund (6.13% in 2019)
- United Capital Wealth for Women Fund (7.78% in 2019)
Before we go on, here is something you should know about equity funds; they are high-risk investments. Money put into such funds are invested in shares/stocks of companies in Nigeria. Hence, they can lose and gain money. 2019 was a slow year for equities (shares/stocks) in Nigeria.
Though there were losses, we observed something beautiful as the year rounded up - these funds started to gain and cut down on losses. Here’s an interesting fact; some of these funds earned up 40% in 2016. How did they perform in 2019? Check this:
- Afrinvest Equity Funds (-5.04%)
- United Capital Equity Funds (-1.59%)
- Meristem Equity Funds (-8.26%)
We have a simple tip for investing in equity funds, automate your investments for the long term. That way, you can cancel out losses. Read more on why this strategy works here.
In 2019, we had just one dollar fund - a Eurobond fund by United Capital. The fund makes it possible for you to access foreign investments. That way, you can protect your investments from instability, and also benefit from exchange rate gains.
The best part, you can invest with naira. We’ll handle the exchange on your behalf. As a dollar fund, its returns are not as high as naira funds because the dollar is a strong and stable currency. Even at that, amongst its pairs, the returns are amazing! It returned 8.01% in 2019.
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Did you miss out on mutual funds in 2019? You can start investing here today. We promise that it is simpler than you expect.