AIICO Balanced Fund is an open-ended mutual fund, investing in Fixed income instruments, Money market instruments and both Quoted and Unquoted equities.


The investment objective of the Fund is to create medium to long term capital growth as well as yearly income streams from declared dividends for unit holders. The fund also provides investors with the opportunity diversify their investments into products that would hitherto have been more difficult to invest in.


The AIICO balanced fund closed the month of Jan’23 with a YTD return of 2.57%.

In January, the Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index (NGX ASI) appreciated by c.0.03% M-o-M, closing at 53,238.67 points. This performance follows the rekindled buying interest in blue chip companies, especially, those with high dividend yields and strong growth prospects as all eyes are on expected corporate earnings and actions from early filers.

The Treasury Bills market sustained its bullish momentum for majority of the month, as heavy demand was witnessed from market participants amid prolonged ample system liquidity.

At the closing NTB auction, stop rates on the 91-day, 182-day and 364-day papers declined by 171bps to 0.29%, 433bps to 1.80%  and 252bps to 4.78% respectively from Dec’2022 close.

Activity in the FGN bonds market was mixed to bullish, with most of the interest skewed to 2024s, 2025s, 2028s, 2029s, 2032s, 2037s and 2049s. Investors started the year with buyside interest on select maturities, amid coupon inflows. However, there was a reversal in the bullish theme as short sellers took position ahead of Jan’23 FGN bond auction, following the release of Q1’2023 FGN bond issuance calendar where N320bn – N400bn was expected to be borrowed every month across 4 maturities (2028s, 2032s, 2037s and 2049s).

At Jan’2023 FGN Bond Auction, successful bids for 2028s, 2032s, 2037s and 2049s  were allotted at the marginal rates of 14.0000%, 14.9000%, 15.8000% and 15.9000%, respectively.

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