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Greek Banks Reopen, Gold and Aud Decline




Greek banks reopen today for the first time since being closed on June 29. The central bank said in a statement made available to reporters that capital controls stay in place, 60 euro per day and 420 euro per week until the outcome of ECB and IMF parliaments vote is known. The country is expected to pay 4.2 billion euros ($4.5 billion) to ECB today as part of its loan repayment plans.

According to Ken Wattret, an economist at BNP Paribas SA in London “the issue of repayment is imperative because failure to do that would question Greece’s commitment to the austerity measures and subsequently daunt the whole bailout process”. Greece has refused to make any payments for the past 5 months.

ECB said Greece has reached the deadline they can’t afford to miss, as the realization dawned that Greece was facing a painful exit from the monetary union, the government has stepped back to look into possible consequences of their decision and its implication on the Greece people.

Mario Draghi, ECB president persuaded his Governing Council to increase the emergency liquidity assistant on Thursday. Draghi said he is confident ECB would get its money back on its Greek bonds, and that the idea that Greece will default is off the table.

Haratsis, a stockbroker in Greece, said the stock market should be reopened later in the week. German Chancellor Angela Markel reiterated that since Greece wish to remain inside the euro, rule out writing off 30 to 40 percent of its debt since it violates European law.


The Australian dollar reached 7 years low against the US dollar in the early Asia session ahead of the monetary policy meeting due later in the day, the currency dropped to 0.73266, the price level that was last seen during the 2008 economic recession. The consumer price index (CPI) that measures Change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers is due to be released later tomorrow. Reserve Bank of Australia Governor, Glenn Stevens is expected to speak on the situation of the economy.

New Zealand Kiwi gained back part of last week’s losses and seem to establish a double bottom candlestick on the weekly chart, support is established at 0.64970 (NZDUSD), a strong 6 years low of July 2009. The direction of the currency would be determined later in the week when the Official Cash Rate and RBNZ Rate Statement would be released.

Gold /Crude Oil

Gold drop further to an alarming 5 years low of 1071.28, Chinese government continue to buy gold and has purchased 604 tons since 2009. Crude oil currently trading at $51.10 per barrel, pulling back from last week low of $50.11

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Naira Hits Eight-Month High at 1,120/$ Amidst Central Bank Reforms



New Naira Notes

The Nigerian Naira has surged to an eight-month high of 1,120 against the US dollar on the parallel market, commonly referred to as the black market.

This significant appreciation comes on the heels of a series of foreign exchange (FX) reforms initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which have effectively unlocked dollar liquidity within the economy.

According to data compiled from online platforms and street traders, the current exchange rate reflects a gain of 62.95% for the Naira against the dollar compared to its level of 1,825 per dollar in February 2024.

Market sentiment suggests that the recent strengthening of the Naira can be attributed to a subdued demand for the US dollar, coupled with ample liquidity in the market, particularly during the holiday period.

Despite a decline in external reserves, Nigeria’s currency strengthened to 1,230.61 per dollar on the official FX market before the holidays.

The recent uptick in the Naira’s value follows the CBN’s decision to review the exchange rate for Bureau De Change (BDC) Operators to 1,101 per dollar from 1,251 per dollar.

Also, the CBN announced plans to sell $15.88 million to 1,588 eligible BDCs, further bolstering dollar liquidity in the market.

The CBN’s proactive approach to FX management, including the resolution of foreign exchange backlogs amounting to US$7 billion, has instilled confidence among investors and market participants.

Furthermore, the apex bank’s commitment to implementing reforms aimed at enhancing transparency and efficiency in the FX market has yielded positive results.

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Zimbabwe’s Gold-Backed Currency Surges 0.2% Against US Dollar



Zimbabwe’s newly introduced gold-backed currency, known as ZiG, surged by 0.2% against the US dollar on its second day of trading.

This development has sparked both cautious optimism and renewed concerns about the nation’s financial stability.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe reported that the exchange rate for ZiG strengthened to 13.53 per US dollar, compared to its initial rate of 13.56 per dollar on its debut trading day.

The slight but significant uptick in value comes as a welcome sign for Zimbabwean authorities who have been striving to establish a functional local currency amid persistent economic challenges.

The ZiG currency, introduced as the country’s sixth attempt to stabilize its monetary system, is backed by 2,522 kilograms of gold and approximately $100 million in foreign currency reserves held by the central bank.

This gold backing is seen as a crucial step to restore confidence in Zimbabwe’s currency after years of hyperinflation and currency instability.

Despite the positive momentum witnessed in the currency market, the transition to ZiG has not been without its hurdles. Banks, retailers, and utilities across the nation have been grappling with the logistical challenges of adopting the new currency, leading to disruptions in commerce nationwide.

Many businesses are still in the process of updating their systems to accommodate ZiG transactions, causing delays and confusion in payment processing.

The Zimbabwean government has set a deadline of April 12 for businesses to fully transition their electronic systems to ZiG.

However, reports indicate that only a third of the financial institutions linked to the national payments platform have been able to process ZiG payments effectively, highlighting the ongoing challenges facing the currency transition.

While the surge in ZiG’s value against the US dollar offers a glimmer of hope for Zimbabwe’s economic prospects, experts caution that sustained stability will depend on factors beyond short-term fluctuations.

Market confidence, effective monetary policies, and structural reforms will all play crucial roles in determining the long-term viability of the ZiG currency and the broader economic recovery efforts in Zimbabwe.

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Dollar to Naira Black Market Today, April 9th, 2024

As of April 9th, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,200 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.



New Naira notes

As of April 9th, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,200 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

For those engaging in currency transactions in the Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market), buyers purchase a dollar for N1,240 and sell it at N1,230 on Monday, April 9th, 2024 based on information from Bureau De Change (BDC).

Meaning, the Naira exchange rate improved when compared to today’s rate below.

This black market rate signifies the value at which individuals can trade their dollars for Naira outside the official or regulated exchange channels.

Investors and participants closely monitor these parallel market rates for a more immediate reflection of currency dynamics.

How Much is Dollar to Naira Today in the Black Market?

Kindly be aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not acknowledge the existence of the parallel market, commonly referred to as the black market.

The CBN has advised individuals seeking to participate in Forex transactions to utilize official banking channels.

Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate

  • Buying Rate: N1,200
  • Selling Rate: N1,190

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