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Dollar Gains for Seventh Day Against Yen

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The dollar headed for a seventh straight gain against the yen, its longest streak since October, as speculation grew that the Federal Reserve has a stronger case for raising interest rates. The weakness in the yen sent Japanese shares higher, while oil advanced for the first time in three sessions.

The U.S. currency extended gains after the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index capped its biggest weekly advance since November. Data on Friday showed the American economy expanded more than previously estimated, adding to evidence that the central bank may raise rates as early as next month. Chinese equities erased earlier gains that had been spurred by a jump in industrial companies’ profits. Trading volumes were light, with many financial markets across Asia and Europe shut following holidays on Friday.

“We’re now more conscious that there’s strength in the U.S. economy,” said Yoshinori Ogawa, a market strategist at Okasan Securities Co. “There were some views that the U.S. won’t be able to raise rates on economic concern, so the weakening dollar should take a break.”

Investors are weighing whether the U.S. economy is strong enough to withstand another rate increase. Asian stocks fell last week for the first time in a month and a half as Fed officials talked up the possibility of higher borrowing costs, comments that helped spur demand for the dollar. Investors will be watching China manufacturing figures on Friday as well as U.S. non-farm payrolls for a better idea of the strength of growth in the world’s two biggest economies.

The yen slipped 0.4 percent against the dollar as of 3:18 p.m. in Tokyo. Japan’s Topix rallied late in the day after briefly erasing losses. Gold futures lost 0.5 percent, trading near a one-month low. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 1.3 percent after the number of active rigs fell in the U.S., potentially easing a supply glut.

“The dollar does have some legs,” Jason Schenker, president and chief economist of Prestige Economics LLC, said in a Bloomberg TV interview. “It is all about Fed expectations. The fact that they did not move in March, but now it looks like they could move in April, that’s going to be what everyone is watching for this week. And that does have the potential to keep the dollar now only supported, but to send it higher in the week ahead.”

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Emefiele Meets President Buhari, Hinted on Revisiting Naira Withdrawal Limit

The House of Representatives has invited the CBN governor to brief the house about the new policy. 

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The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, stated yesterday that the apex bank would consider reviewing the new weekly cash withdrawal limits of N100,000 and N500,000 for individuals and corporate bank customers, while also clarifying that the new policy which will take effect from January 2023 is not targetted at any individual. 

Investors King had earlier reported that the House of Representatives has invited the CBN governor to brief the house about the new policy. 

During the plenary session yesterday, several lawmakers positioned that the new withdrawal policy is capable to hurt the economy, especially some Nigerians who still rely on cash transactions. 

Similarly, the Association of Mobile Money Operators of Nigerians argued that the policy is capable to get them out of business.

While speaking to journalists after a close-door meeting with President Buhari, Emefiele assured that the apex bank would not be rigid on the policy as it was not meant to hurt anybody but to strengthen the nation’s economy.

In addition, the CBN governor added that more than N1 trillion worth of old notes had been deposited to various commercial banks across the county by bank customers while adding that the CBN has distributed the new N200, N500, and N1,000 notes to banks for disbursement to their customers, ahead of the December 15, earlier scheduled for circulation of the new notes. 

It could be recalled that the Central Bank of Nigeria disclosed that naira redesign will help to address some prevailing fiscal issues which include excessive circulation of naira notes, counterfeiting, and terrorism. 

Emefiele explained that countries that have embraced digitization have gone cashless. He revealed that the president was happy with the policy 

“President Buhari was happy and said, we should carry on with our work, no need to fear, no need to bother about anybody,” he said. 

He said that the new policy of the apex bank was for the good and development of the Nigerian economy, adding, “We can only continue to appeal to Nigerians to please see this policy the way we have presented it”. 

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NNPC to Spend N1 Trillion on Road Projects Across Nigeria

NNPC release a sum of N621 billion to revamp selected roads across Nigeria through the Federal Government road infrastructure tax credit scheme.

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited stated that it has provided an additional N1 trillion to fund road projects across Nigeria.

This was disclosed by NNPC Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari in Lagos yesterday.

Investors King learnt that this new development is coming after NNPC release a sum of N621 billion to revamp selected roads across Nigeria through the Federal Government road infrastructure tax credit scheme.

It could be recalled that President Buhari had signed Executive Order 007 which allows companies and corporations to embark on public infrastructure projects as a Tax Credit against Future Income Tax. 

Speaking during a tour of roads in the North-central and South-west, along with the Chief Executive of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami, and other top government officials from the ministry of works, Kyari noted that NNPC intervention will help to better the road network across the country. 

The NNPC boss said, “We are very happy about the state of this road development. We are very happy with this intervention across the country, not just in this place. We are doing 1,800km across the country. NNPC is taking another set of over N1tn of investments in road infrastructure in the country”. 

Some of the roads visited by Kyari include the reconstruction of Bida-Lambata road in the state, with a length 124.81km, and the Lagos-Badagry expressway along the Agbara junction and Nigeria/Benin border.

In addition, it is important to note that roads embarked upon by NNPC are roads that will directly or indirectly sustain a smooth supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country. 

Kyari noted that the project to tax initiative is a good policy that could help to accelerate road construction in Nigeria. 

“We believe that this tax credit system which Mr President has put in place is the game changer for our country. We believe that in the next 24 months, there will be a massive change to the entire road network in this country and this is why NNPC is your company and working for all of us,” he said. 

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Ecobank Reports $401 Million Before Tax in Nine Months to September 2022

Revenue grew by 7% from $1.26 billion in recorded the same period of 2021 to $1.35 billion in the period under review.

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Ecobank Group on Thursday reported a 7% increase in revenue for the nine months ended September 2022, the leading financial institution announced in its audited financial statement.

Revenue grew by 7% from $1.26 billion in recorded the same period of 2021 to $1.35 billion in the period under review.

The bank’s operating profit expanded by 12% to $593 million, up from $528 million filed in the corresponding period of 2021, Investors King reports.

Profit before tax rose to $401 million, a 14% increase from $352 million achieved in 2021. Profit paid to shareholders grew by 7% from $182 million to $196 million.

Gross loans and advances to customers increased 5% from $9.469 billion to $9.917 billion. Similarly, deposits from customers increased by declined by 2% to

Commenting on the bank’s performance, Ade Ayeyemi, CEO, Ecobank Group, said: “We continued to deliver on our strategic priorities and are on track to meet full-year targets despite the complex operating environment. Group-wide return on tangible equity reached a record 21%, and profit before tax increased by 14%, or 48% at constant currency (i.e., excluding currency movements).

“These results reflect the resilience, strong brand and diversification of our pan-African franchise. We saw decent client activity in consumer and wholesale payments, trade finance and foreign currency markets. Additionally,
despite inflationary pressures, we maintained a tight lid on costs, thereby improving our cost-to-income ratio to 56.3% from 58.3% in the previous year.

“The dampened economic outlook necessitated maintaining a sound balance sheet with adequate levels of liquidity and capital. As a result, our total capital adequacy ratio at 14.4% is well above our internal and minimum regulatory limits. Also, we hold sufficient gross impairment reserves that fully cover our non-performing loans. Moreover, we have fully repaid the five-year $400 million convertible debt we issued in September and October of 2017.

“Ecobankers have worked extremely hard to serve our customers’ financial needs, and I am proud of them. As always, we will passionately work towards realising our vision and remaining the bank that Africa and friends of Africa trust.”

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