India’s rupee rose for an eighth day amid speculation global funds will resume purchases of the nation’s debt after a two-month selloff.
The South Asian nation will grant overseas investors access to an additional 165 billion rupees ($2.5 billion) of sovereign and state-government notes from Jan. 1, as part of a September plan to allow a phased increase in foreign-investment limits. The new quotas will attract funds, according to Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd. and RBL Bank Ltd., after global holdings of rupee-denominated securities dropped 91.6 billion rupees over December and November amid a rise in U.S. interest rates.
“The rupee will be in an appreciative trend as investors return to higher-yielding Indian assets,” said Ankur Jhaveri, co-head of currencies and rates at Edelweiss in Mumbai, adding that the currency will outperform Asian peers.
The rupee strengthened 0.1 percent from Dec. 23 to 66.1350 a dollar as of 11:18 a.m. in Mumbai, according to prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg. It climbed to a five-week high of 66.0975 earlier. The currency’s eight-day rising streak is the longest since June 2011 and has contributed to its 0.8 percent advance in December, the second-best performance in Asia excluding Japan. The rupee has declined 4.7 percent in 2015.
Investing in rupees will earn 8 percent, including interest, by end-2016, estimates compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s the most in the region.
Ten-year Indian sovereign bonds advanced for a third day. The yield on notes due May 2025 fell three basis points to 7.72 percent, set for its lowest close since Dec. 17, according to prices from the central bank’s trading system. It is still the highest in Asia after Indonesia. Indian bond and currency markets were shut Thursday and Friday for local holidays.
Buhari Expresses Confidence in Banking Institutions to Tackle Economic Challenges
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his confidence in the West African Banking Association (WABA) to tackle economic challenges in the West African region.
The president expressed his trust while receiving a team from WABA, led by its President, Thierno Seydou Nourou Sy, at the State House in Abuja.
The president stated that the sub-region needs to come to an agreement on low access to financial services and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the association, founded in 1981, brings together over 250 commercial banks and 15 institutions from across West Africa, and for many centuries, African countries have traded with one another without a formalized and structured system. He, however, noted that over time, global trade had become more complex and organized.
The president expressed optimism that the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area will mark a watershed moment in the way African countries do business.
“More importantly, we will turn the page in ensuring that we deepen and expand our industrial capabilities by making sure we export less of what we have been endowed with in the primary or raw form, and convert larger portions of these resources into finished materials.
“That will allow us to benefit from the revenue earned from the added value of exporting a finished product,” he said.
“Our ability to overcome the current phase of our development lies in our resolve to work jointly via our regional and sub-regional organizations where we can all reach a common understanding to fight against a common enemy.
“This is one of the reasons I am delighted with the strides ECOWAS has been making towards unanimity and forging alliances with a goal to resolve issues that confront the sub-region.
“I believe that this is also the approach that is being followed in the West African Bankers’ Association and the West African Monetary Union,’’ he added.
While commenting on WABA’s ongoing attempts to synchronize monetary and fiscal policy, the president pushed the organization to find common ground despite the particular macroeconomic challenges that each member-state faces.
He pledged that Nigeria would always be ready to support efforts that are geared towards improving the lives of all its citizens “as long as they do not place us at a disadvantage.”
The WABA President praised Nigeria’s leadership role in the African economy, while also praising President Buhari’s leadership.
“That’s why we are here for counsel and guidance for the financial sector in West Africa,” he said. He further urged the president to be an advocate for the greater inclusion of WABA in the ECOWAS structure.
NGX Sheds 0.13% on Monday to Extend its Decline
The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) extended its decline on Monday as investors exchanged 263,338,835 shares worth N3.549 billion in 4,549 billion.
The market value of all listed equities decreased by N37 billion from N28.562 trillion it closed on Friday to N25.525 trillion while NGX shed 0.13% to close at 52,911.51 index points on Monday.
Jaiz Bank led the most traded stocks with 114007816 shares worth N101,752,697.03. Followed by GTCO’s 12,872,851 shares valued N302,842,620.75. See other details below.
|CONOIL||N 31.15||N 34.25||3.10||9.95 %|
|MRS||N 13.60||N 14.95||1.35||9.93 %|
|MCNICHOLS||N 2.13||N 2.34||0.21||9.86 %|
|ACADEMY||N 1.23||N 1.35||0.12||9.76 %|
|NPFMCRFBK||N 1.87||N 2.02||0.15||8.02 %|
|PRESCO||N 200.00||N 180.00||-20.00||-10.00 %|
|GSPECPLC||N 3.41||N 3.07||-0.34||-9.97 %|
|NEIMETH||N 1.76||N 1.59||-0.17||-9.66 %|
|UACN||N 14.40||N 13.20||-1.20||-8.33 %|
|NEM||N 4.39||N 4.05||-0.34||-7.74 %|
Nigeria Raises Interest Rate by 150 Basis Points to 13%
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) led Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday unanimously agreed to raise interest rates by 150 basis points from 11.5% to 13% to rein in escalating consumer prices.
The apex Governor, Godwin Emefiele disclosed this while speaking to the media on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022.
In 2020, the committee cut interest by 50 basis points to 11.5% in September 2020 to encourage borrowing and deepen new investment to stir growth and halt the plunge in economic productivity during the peak of COVID-19.
The nine-member committee voted unanimously to keep Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 13% and others as follow:
- The asymmetric corridor of +100/-700 basis points around the MPR was retained
- CRR was retained at 27.5%
- While Liquidity Ratio was also kept at 30%
The increase may not be unconnected to Nigeria’s high inflation rate of 16.82% in April. The committee is now projecting an aggressive increase in the inflation rate due to the forthcoming general election.
Emefiele said the MPC is suspicious “there might be an aggressive accretion of inflation”. Therefore, to prevent the looming inflation, he said the committee had to raise the interest rate by 150 basis points.
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