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 Sep’23 with a YTD return of 20.62%
The market maintained sideways trajectory for most part of the month. However, it witnessed significant sell-off in the middle of the month. This sell-off was triggered by the CBN’s circular, which aimed to restrict banks from utilizing gains from FX revaluation.
The All-Share Index (ASI) of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) depreciated by 0.25% to settle at 66,382.14 points, while year-to-date return settled at +29.52%. Also, the market capitalization increased by 0.25% m/m to ₦36.33 trillion at the end of September.
The Treasury bills market in September experienced mixed dynamics. We saw the one-year paper (25-July-2024), decline from 10% to 9% levels. Bearish market sentiment emerged as the month progressed, with selling pressure at the long end, but short-dated papers saw increased buying interest. At mid-month, market turned bearish due to depressed system liquidity. Towards the end of the month, the market regained momentum, with a reduction in stop rates at the final NTB auction and a more bullish theme.
In the bond market, the DMO sold ₦251.50 billion out of ₦360.00 billion offered, leading to rate increases in several bond maturities. The market continued to trend bearishly due to rising stop rates and tight system liquidity constraints. Occasional buyside activity emerged driven by coupon inflows, and average yield increased by 37bps to 14.43%.