Upgrading The Nigerian Stock Exchange

NSE Enters Index-Based Partnership With Meristem Securities

by Gottfried Moh

Upgrading The Nigerian Stock Exchange

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), and Meristem Securities Limited, have announced the launch of two new style indices, namely the NSE-Meristem Growth Index and NSE-Meristem Value Index. These indices, which are expected to be available real-time on the NSE’s website from Tuesday March 12, were designed in response to demand for customised indices to support product development and investment management. Broadly, the style indices will provide a benchmark for the market to gauge the performance of value stocks and growth stocks listed on the Exchange.

Speaking on the indices, Divisional Head, Trading Business Division, NSE, Jude Chiemeka, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Meristem Securities in the development of the first style-focused indices to be publicly launched in Nigeria.  The introduction of the NSE-Meristem Growth and NSE-Meristem Value Indices is a laudable and innovative effort, which is long overdue.”

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These indices according to him, provide products strategists and asset managers the leverage to create investment vehicles that democratise professional asset management for the benefit of investors, while still following the tenets of classic investment philosophies: growth and value.

Shedding more light on the purpose of the Indices, Group Head Investment Research, Meristem Securities Limited, Mrs. Oluwakemi Akinde, explained that the indices are benchmarks to track the performance of growth and value stocks that are traded on the floor of the NSE, thereby contributing to the deepening of the equity capital market by providing a leverage for fund managers to build investment products.
 
Furthermore, she said the indices serve as more appropriate benchmarks for fund managers with same investment philosophies help in effective performance attribution, and facilitate better manager selection and appraisal, while also providing market data for academics to enrich studies on the performance of growth and value stocks in the Nigerian market.

The NSE-Meristem Growth and Value indices, as with all other NSE indices, will align with the Index committee’s Governance standards. Guidelines and methodologies for the indices are publicly available on the NSE and Meristem’s website.