FG’s Debt Stock: Domestic debt takes a breather

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FG’s debt stock rose 5.03% QoQ to N18 trillion over Q1 2018 with domestic debt accounting for 70% of total debt. The increase in debt stock over Q1 was largely on the back of a $2.5 billion Eurobond issued in February, which resulted in a 19% QoQ expansion in external debt to $5.4 billion. Elsewhere, domestic debt stayed flat (-0.1% QoQ) at N12.6 trillion on the back of lower Treasury bill stock (-7.5% QoQ to N3.3 trillion) which neutered the moderate increase in bonds (+2.9% QoQ to N8.9 trillion). Specifically, the FG has net repaid a total of N49.7 billion…

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What to do if your child performs poorly at school

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Every parent expects their child to come home with a good result after a school term. A good result assures them that their enormous investment in the child’s education is valued and likely to birth returns. However, this is not always the case. Parents sometimes must deal with their children’s unsatisfactory results. What is the best way to handle such occurrences? The tips below should help; Approach the situation with calm Naturally, your first reaction would be to express your disappointment in the child. This might however not be the most productive thing to do. It may help not to…

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Expecting the email?

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Have you received the email yet? The one from your child’s school reminding you that you need to pay a certain percentage of the fees on or before the school term resumes. Typically, it is accompanied by account details/bank teller and a comprehensive bill featuring items/activities you are convinced your child does not need but for which you have to pay. As you go through the list- tuition, books, school uniforms, school bus, lunch, music classes, elocution training, inter-house sports, swimming lessons, field trip– your stomach does a flip-flop, your countenance changing as you take a mental trip into all…

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30 and ready to Will it

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I didn’t think I would come this far so soon. 10 years ago, I was just a starry-eyed girl, fresh from university looking for her place in the world. What is now my chain of stores began like child’s play. My first job was as a front desk executive at a consulting firm. Many of the well paid big girls in the office could not resist complementing my dress sense. They found it amazing that I could pull of magazine cover type of looks on my entry level salary. I knew all the hot spots for good clothes, the will…

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5 ways to enjoy the Sallah break

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Nothing makes the average Nigerian happier than a weekend that cascades into a 2-day public holiday. For many, this is the perfect time to catch up on much-needed sleep and do some things they’ve been putting off due to lack of time. Not to talk of the inner satisfaction of not having to wake up early and endure morning rush-hour traffic. But how do you make the most of the break? Here are ideas you can use just to make sure you have an amazing 4-day break;   Give yourself some love When was the last time you treated yourself…

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Ask Shade: He Left Everything to His children From a Previous Marriage! How Do I Secure My Child’s Future?

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Dear Shade, I’m in my early 30s engaged to a widower in his 50s. We plan to get married in a few months and I‘m already pregnant. While cleaning his study last week, I stumbled on something that looks like his Will and it seems like he already willed everything to the three children from his previous marriage. Since then I’ve been worried about my unborn children. What would be their fate? What if something suddenly happened to their father, will they have anything from him? How can I be sure what I found is really his valid Will? Since…

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World cup ready? Let’s confirm

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So, it’s 8 days to the world cup, how ready are you? We compiled a list of the five most essential things you need to have a fabulous time this world cup season. Check them out! Evenings free; This is not the time to work long hours or have weekend duty. What to do? Report for work earlier than usual and maximize your mornings. No faffing or dulling, get to work in good time, do your work well so that you can leave on the dot of the closing time. If your boss is also interested in football, it should…

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3 steps to prepare for your child’s university education abroad

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Every parent wants the best for their children. For most parents, an ivy league education abroad is what they would like for their child – and who should blame them? Studying abroad not only lets your child grow and expand their worldview, it also gives them the international exposure that makes them appealing to large global employers. If studying abroad is your dream for your child, these tips can help you on the path to realizing it. Prepare your child You need to train your child beforehand to be self-sufficient enough to handle him/herself away from home. Be sure that…

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4 health checks as you turn 40

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Gone are the days when age 40 was associated with a mid-life crisis –  40 is now touted to be the new 20. It’s a milestone worth celebrating, but as you get closer to that age, here are four tests experts recommend you take: Cancer screening With the spate of deaths attributed to cancer, it is no surprise experts consider getting screened early a necessity. They advise that not only should cancer screenings be a part of regular check-ups, you should start as early as in your twenties. Some screenings such as those for breast and cervical cancer should be…

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5 Rainy Season Tips to Remember

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Is the rainy season officially here? You are probably wondering. We are not certain too, but the rains are definitely pouring down more often these days and it looks like a good time for a few pointers as to having a safe and pleasant rainy season. 1. Lock windows &fix leakages Nothing is as unnerving as returning home from a hard day’s job to meet a flooded house, wet floors and soaked sofa. Assumptions can be dangerous, always double check that your windows are locked before you leave the house. If you have noticed or suspect any leaks, it’s best…

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