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Yen: Ahead of BOJ April 27-28 Policy meeting

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The Bank of Japan is expected to announce its monetary policy and economic outlook report on Thursday in an effort to ease economic gridlock going forward.

While the current negative rate on reserves has cut deep into profits of financial institutions with idle money, the apex bank may consider helping these intuitions lend by offering a negative rate on loans, according to a Bloomberg report.

The officials familiar with the talks said this could have a positive impact on the economy, since commercial lenders are complaining of poor borrower’s interest, but also could raise questions about the apex bank giving subsidies to commercial lenders.

Another possible surprise from Governor Haruhiko Kuroda is additional stimulus, after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he will create an extra-budget to address the economic damage caused by Kumamoto earthquakes that killed 48 people and destroyed 1527 houses, there is a possibility of additional stimulus from the BOJ, especially knowing consumer spending will drop due to self-restrain mood of the Japanese people following the disaster.

Again, BOJ has been looking to weaken the yen to boost exports and stimulate manufacturing sector. Even Taro Aso, Japan’s Finance Minister said “that rapid fluctuations, whether strengthening or weakening, are undesirable. Recent movements have been one-sided and action will be taken as needed.” With a possible drop in consumer spending following the disaster, this may be the right time for BOJ to add stimulus and end the yen current strength.

“The BOJ will aim to shock and awe the markets in order to push the yen weaker again,” said Mansoor Mohi-uddin, a Singapore based strategist at Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc.

Mohi-uddin further said the central bank will increase its annual stimulus program to 100 trillion yen from 80 trillion yen, cut the deposit rate from -0.1 percent to lower debt on yields and boost purchases of exchange traded funds. This he said should send the yen to 115 a dollar by the end of June.

Currently, options traders are paying a premium of 1.4 percent points for one-week contracts to buy the dollar against the yen as speculation builds that officials will act.

 

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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Naira Exchange Rate Improves as CBN Plans to Flood Economy With $20 Billion Diaspora Remittances

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The Naira to US Dollar exchange rate improved by N10 to N490 on Tuesday following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s new directive that allows recipients of diaspora remittances to receive their fund in foreign currency (US Dollar) or via their ordinary domiciliary account.

The move was after the apex bank blamed the parallel market for the wide foreign exchange rate and cautioned analysts for using speculative rates as the real Naira/US dollar rate.

Therefore, the apex bank decided to inject $20 billion annual diaspora remittances into the real sector of the economy and hurt the activities of unscrupulous individuals at the parallel market.

Investors King expects this to gradually moderate the nation’s foreign exchange rate against global counterparts, deepen business activities and fast track economic recovery.

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CBN Amends Forex Receipt as Naira Hits Record Low

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In a bid to simplify and finally liberalize the receipt of diaspora remittances, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has amended its receipt procedures to allow beneficiaries of diaspora remittances receive such inflows in foreign currency (US Dollars).

The apex bank stated in a circular signed by Dr. O.S. Nnaji, Director Trade and Exchange Department, CBN.

In the circular, recipients of remittances can now receive funds in either foreign currency cash (US Dollars) or into their ordinary domiciliary account.

While the International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) will henceforth receive diaspora remittances in foreign currency through the designated bank of their choice.

The CBN plans to ease forex scarcity, speed up the recovery process and checkmate the activities of speculators and hoarders at the black by injecting diaspora remittances estimated at about $20 billion per year into the real economy.

This is expected to not just improve business activities but also moderate foreign exchange rate from the current N500/US$ and move the central bank a step closer to unifying the nation’s foreign exchange rates.

The circular partly reads “In an effort to liberalize, simplify and improve the receipt and administration of diaspora remittances into Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) wishes to announce as follows;

“Beneficiaries of Diaspora Remittances through International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) shall henceforth receive such inflows in foreign currency (US Dollars) or into their ordinary domiciliary account. Such recipients of remittances may have the option of receiving these funds in foreign currency cash (US Dollars) or into their ordinary domiciliary account.”

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Naira Devaluation Pushed Exchange Rate to N500/US$ at Black Market

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Naira to United States Dollar exchange rate plunged to N500 on Monday after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) devalued the Naira by N6 on Friday amid growing scarcity.

At the current rate, the local currency has lost N140 per US dollar when compared with N360 it was sold in the same month of 2019 and N5 compared to N495 it exchanged on Friday.

In an effort to ease pressure on the nation’s foreign reserves and unify foreign exchange rates in line with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank’s requirement for loans, the CBN devalued the official exchange rate by N6 from N379/US$ to N385/US$ and directed bureau de change operators to sell at N392/US$, up from N386/US$.

However, with importers and businesses looking to meet the usual high demand for goods in December pushing demand for the United States dollar off the roof, Naira’s value has continued to plummet despite efforts by the CBN to prop up its value.

Against the British Pound, the Naira declined to N650, down from N620 it exchanged last week. This depreciation continues against the Euro common currency as the local currency declined to N585.

Lack of liquidity due to the weak foreign reserves, low oil prices and weak demand for the commodity amid production cuts by OPEC and allies is hurting CBN’s ability to effectively intervene at the nation’s foreign exchange markets.

The apex bank usually sells forex to dealers to ease scarcity and facilitate trades. However, lack of foreign revenue generation has forced the CBN to reduce its weekly forex sales to $10,000 per bureau de change operator despite reopening of the economy pushing demand for forex further up.

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