Investing towards the long term and retirement can seem daunting for most Nigerians. However, a member of FCMB Group Plc, FCMB Asset Management Limited appears to have insights into ways to simplify the journey towards a comfortable retirement.

FCMB Asset Management Limited’s recent webinar, “Smart Retirement – Investing Ahead”, educated and provided attendees with actionable strategies for taking charge of their financial future by leveraging the power of compounding and the accessibility of investing, debunking the myth that significant capital is required to begin the investment journey.

Tinuola Odufuye, Head of Business Development at FCMB Asset Management, moderated the insightful webinar. She set the stage for a very educative discussion with a panel of financial subject-matter experts drawn from the FCMB Group’s supportive ecosystem that connects people, capital and markets.

Also, Nduka Offiah, Head of Alternative Assets at FCMB Asset Management, shared insights on the potential investment portfolio benefits of the Alternative Assets class and offered strategies to diversify portfolios and navigate challenging market conditions.

Abiola Ajayi, Head of the UHNI & HNI Unit at FCMB Asset Management, spoke on investment solutions tailored to both ultra-high-net-worth individuals and high-networth individuals, emphasising personalised wealth management and legacy planning.

Leveraging her in-depth knowledge of trusts and estate planning, Oluwayemisi Arowolo, who heads Trust Services at another subsidiary of FCMB Group Plc, FCMB Trustees Limited, clarified the legal structures essential for protecting and transferring assets effectively.

At the same time, Richard Ade-Martins, Head of Business Development South at FCMB Pensions Limited, which is another member of FCMB Group Plc, spoke on pensions, highlighting FCMB Pensions’ commitment to best practices.

This impressive lineup of professionals ensured a multifaceted and informative exploration of the strategies and options available for building a secure financial future.

Here is a recap of the key takeaways from the thoroughly enjoyable session:

Start Early: It is important to start investment early. Starting early provides a longer runway for your money to grow and compound, potentially leading to a larger nest egg.

Investing is for Everyone: The panellists debunked the myth that significant capital is required to invest. They encouraged attendees to begin their investment journey with as little as N1,000 in such options like Mutual Funds offered by FCMB Asset Management Limited.

Estate Planning: Apart from wealth preservation, Wills and Trusts provide a clear plan that ensures a smooth transition for beneficiaries. It fosters communication and reduces the risk of conflict.

Financial Inclusion for Business Owners: FCMB Pensions’ micro-pension plans cater to business owners with up to three employees, promoting financial inclusion within the informal sector. The flexibility of withdrawing up to 40% of contributions acknowledges the unique needs of business owners who may require access to funds for operational purposes.

Combating Inflation: Alternative Assets investments and currency hedging options were discussed as tools to preserve wealth and purchasing power.

Investing for Young Minds: Valuable advice was offered to students interested in starting their investment journey early to maximise the benefits of compound interest.

Staying Ahead of the Curve: The expert panel highlighted the importance of staying informed on current investment strategies to ensure that your financial roadmap adapts to changing circumstances and economic realities, to build a sustainable financial future.

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Clockwise from top left: Abiola Ajayi, Head of the UHNI & HNI Unit at FCMB Asset Management; Nduka Offiah, Head of Alternative Assets at FCMB Asset Management; Tinuola Odufuye, Head of Business Development at FCMB Asset Management; Oluwayemisi Arowolo, Head, Trust Services, FCMB Trustees Limited and Richard Ade-Martins, Head of Business Development South at FCMB Pensions Limited.

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