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Markets Summary: Greek Crisis, Interest Rates

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Greek Deputy Financial Minister, Dimitris Mardas said Greek banks to open on Monday for basic services, after three weeks of been closed and ATM withdrawal limits imposed. This came after ECB granted 7 billion euro ($7.6 billion) to help the embattled nation pay 3.5 billion euro loan due on Monday.

Angela Merkel to begin talk on Greek bailout later today in Germany, while Christine Lagarde, IMF chief says Greek bailout plans is not viable without debt reduction, a positive assertion of the Greek situation.

Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, said interest rate could rise early next year.  The interest rate has been at current rate of 0.5 percent for the past 6 years, the governor added that he expect the rate to increase for the next 3 years reaching as high as half of historical averages or 2 percent.

Janet Yellen, Fed Reserve Chair said there is possibility of interest rate hike later in the year if the U.S economy improves. Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president said interest rate will remain 0.05 percent for now, that the focus is on Greece.

Euro hits its lowest against Pound since 2007 after Governor Carney comments set the rate debate on fire. One pound exchange for 1.43 Euro early this morning and analysts are forecasting 1.5 price level depend on the outcome of Europe parliaments vote.

Dollar surges against all majors reaching 12 months high against the Euro, traded at 1.08 psychological level. Crude oil traded between $50.23, the lowest since March this year. China planning to invest $483 billion into its market to stem market rout.

Google Earnings

Google earnings topped analysts’ estimates in the second quarter, earnings rose 11.23 percent, $17.7 billion. Google earned $6.99 per share topping $6.70 estimated by analysts for the first time in 6 years. $14.35 billion was paid to advertising partners which was more than $14.28 billion predicted by analysts.

Google Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Porat said the company strong 2Q shows continue growths across all Google’s products, most importantly core search where mobile, programmatic advertising and Youtube stood out. Google shares rose as high as $655.73 or 13 percent after the report came out yesterday. 

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Stanbic IBTC Obtains Approvals, License to Establish Life Insurance Subsidiary

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc on Friday announced that it has obtained all required Regulatory Approvals and a license from the National Insurance Commission to establish a wholly-owned Life Insurance subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Limited (SIIL).

In a statement signed by Chidi Okezi, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and released on Friday, the bank said “The establishment of this new subsidiary essentially complements the bouquet of product offerings by Stanbic IBTC as it continues its goal of being the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider in Nigeria. In this regard, SIIL will aim to facilitate long term insurance for already financially included individuals and will seek to become the preferred Insurer in the Life Insurance Business.

“Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, is a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management. The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade deals between Africa, China and select emerging markets. Standard Bank Group is the largest African financial institution by assets. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 21 countries on the African continent.

“Standard Bank has been in operation for over 158 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.”

 

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World Bank to Discuss New $1.5 Billion Loan Request From Nigeria

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The Finance Minister, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Friday said the Federal Government has met all the conditions for a fresh loan of $1.5 billion from the World Bank.

The minister disclosed this on Bloomberg TV.

She said the multilateral financial institution is in the final stage of approving the loan. The minister explained that the loan will be discussed in the bank’s next meeting and possibly be approved in the same meeting.

In June, the Senate approved the borrowing plans but the World Bank pushed back demanding Nigeria fulfill the conditions attached to the $3.4 billion loan received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May.

Some of the conditions were to increase revenue generation by upping VAT, the introduction of tariff reflective electricity bill, the removal of subsidy and the unification of the nation’s foreign exchange.

Most of which the Federal Government has done despite protests from most Nigerians who called the new policies anti-people given their current situation.

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Nigeria Realises Over N400 Billion from Company Income Tax in the Third Quarter of 2020

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The Federal Government realised N416.01 billion from Company Income Tax (CIT) in the third quarter of the year, according to the latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

This was 3.48 percent higher than the N402.03 billion generated in the second quarter of the year and represents a decline of 20.13 percent year-on-year from N520.89 billion realised in the third quarter of 2019.

A breakdown of the report showed the professional services sector including the telecoms generated the highest amount of CIT at N55.52 billion during the quarter, while the manufacturing sector followed with N42.03 billion.

The banking and financial institutions realised N24.05 billion while the mining generated the least and closely followed by Textile and Garment Industry and Local Government Councils with N120.93 million, N167.51 million and N321.72 million generated, respectively.

The report added that out of the total amount realised during the quarter under review, a sum of N244.70 billion was generated as CIT locally. The federal government collected N70.34 billion as foreign CIT payment and the remain N100.97 billion was received as CIT from other payments.

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