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Foreign portfolio investment (FPI) has risen to become the main growth driver of capital inflows to Nigeria. Supported by strong expansion in money market instruments and bonds, FPI inflows recorded double-digit growth in both 2017 and the first half of 2018. While this suggests there is positive investor sentiment and confidence in Nigeria’s...

Financial inclusion remains one of the biggest challenges for Nigeria’s banking sector, with companies, public bodies and international specialists all investigating ways to bring more people into the formal sector. The target for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is an 80% inclusion rate by 2020, up from 41.6% in 2016. Most of the debate so far has...

How has the merchant banking segment developed since the 2013 universal banking licence review?

Once reserved for ambitious start-ups and industry-leading tech operators, financial technology (fintech) has more recently caught the attention of major private sector firms and government planners alike, becoming a regular feature in budget speeches and strategic development plans. As fintech progressively plays a larger part in the lives of...