Global financial markets were thrown into turmoil after the U.K. exit the world’s biggest market, the European Union. Pushing the pound to over 30-year low against the US dollar as investors scramble for haven assets.
The risk was further compounded by the decision of Prime Minister David Cameron and the British representative to the European Union Jonathan Hill to resign following Brexit. It is yet unknown when the UK will trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and get on with the exit process, which could take between 2 to 5 years, but the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney in his post-Brexit statement said the apex bank has prepared for this day and as such has made provision for about 600 billion pounds to support the UK financial system and strengthens businesses to create jobs and enhance growth going forward.
On the other hand, the American labor market rebounded last week after May’s weaker than expected non-farm payroll, the unemployment claims improved by 18,000 to 259,000, which suggest moderate growth in the second quarter of the year. Although there were weakness in the housing and manufacturing sectors, but was overshadowed by the increase in demand for the US dollars due to Brexit.
On BOJ, the continuous rush for haven assets has compounded Japan’s situation, while Japan Finance Minister Taro Aso has repeatedly said the yen move is one sided, I don’t think G7 and G20 will give BOJ go ahead to intervene in the yen’s gains, considering global Risks.
This week, US first quarter final GDP, US consumer confidence index, US crude oil inventories, UK current account, Canada monthly GDP, US unemployment claims and purchasing Manager indexes (China, US, UK) are key economic factors to look out for. Here are my forex weekly pick EURUSD, AUDJPY and NZDJPY.
For the past two weeks I have been bearish on EURUSD but the global uncertainties weigh upon it, hence, the pullback before last week bearish confirmation. As long as price remains below 1.1338, I am bearish on EURUSD but with entry around 1.1090, that double as our target two weeks ago and also a price continuation below the channel. Target for the week will be 1.0714, while keeping an eye on global growth as things unfold in coming days.
The same two weeks ago I made mention of AUDJPY pair, although our target was hit at 75.83. The pair still holds considerable sell potential of around 272 pips. I remain bearish on AUDJPY as long as 78.15 resistance level holds, with 73.54 as the target.
After failing to sustain a break of the downward trendline started since last year. The pair has finally given in to Brexit pressure reach over 4-year low on Friday. This week, as long as 73.90 resistance level first established in 2008 hold. I am bearish on this pair with 69.94 as the target.
This should be traded with great caution as high volatility is expected across the board this week as investors try to decipher both ECB and BOE direction going forward. All take profit targets were hit last week.
Bureaux De Change Association Warns Against Hoarding of US Dollar, Says Speculators will Lose
The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) on Sunday warned currency speculators and hoarders of impending losses if they do not desist from creating bogus foreign exchange rates for personal gain.
In a statement titled, “ABCON warns speculators will lose money as CBN has enough reserves to fund market, defend naira”, the association said speculators and hoarders are taking a huge risk as the Central Bank of Nigeria has enough liquidity to defend the Naira and maintain stability against global foreign counterparts.
This is coming few days after the local currency plunged to N484 to a United States dollar and N620 against the British Pound at the black market due to the rising demand and persistent scarcity that most hoarders interpreted as lack of financial muscle on the part of the central bank, especially if the nation’s falling foreign reserves is factored in.
However, ABCON said with about $36 billion foreign reserves, the Central Bank of Nigeria has the necessary means to punish speculators and hoarders they described as enemies of the nation.
President of ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, explained that the central bank is working to unify the nation’s foreign exchange rates and eliminate past challenges that have made market determined forex rates almost impossible.
He said “I think that the CBN by pushing the official foreign exchange rate from N306 to N379 to the dollar is in line with market demand.
“It has also helped to narrow the official-parallel market rates gap that formed the basis of ridiculous speculations among unpatriotic forex dealers and spectators.”
Gwadabe, however, advised the Federal Government to improve security surveillance at the nation’s land borders to checkmate illegal foreign currency cash deals.
He also asked the central bank to raise liquidity ratio of bureau de change operators to discourage dollar holdings.
Forex Scarcity Plunges Naira to N620 Against British Pound
Naira Exchanges at N620 to a British Pound at Black Market
Lingering foreign exchange scarcity has plunged the Nigerian Naira to a record-low of N620 against the British Pound at the black market.
The declined by a record N14 from the N607 it exchanged to a single British Pound on Thursday to N620 on Friday, signaling rising demand for forex amid persistent scarcity.
Experts have attributed the surge in demand to the usual push for the end of the year sales by importers and businesses looking to close the sales gap created by the COVID-19 lockdown.
The local currency plunged against global counterparts by the most in recent months on Friday. The Naira declined by N13 against the European common currency to exchange at N570.
Similarly, the Naira lost another N4 against the United States dollar to exchanged at N484, further down from N480 it was sold on Thursday.
Experts are predicting further decline for the Nigerian Naira, largely due to the weak macro fundamentals, overexposure to crude oil uncertainty and US Dollar.
US Dollar Gains Against the Nigerian Naira to US$/N480
The United States Dollar continues its bullish run against the Nigerian Naira on the black market on Friday.
The American Dollar gained N5 against the Nigerian Naira to exchange at US$1 to N480 across key black markets in Nigeria.
The US Dollar has been on a bullish run since COVID-19 pandemic plunged oil prices and distrupted Nigeria’s foreign revenue generation at a time global supply chains were grounded and economies shut to curb the spread of ravaging COVID-19.
The Central Bank of Nigeria devalued the Naira twice to accommodate the nation’s new reality and ease pressure on the weak foreign reserves, still rising capital flight among foreign investors looking to exit the economy and weak foreign direct investment impedes the apex bank’s ability to service the economy with enough US dollar.
Therefore, persistent scarcity due CBN’s failure to supply enough liqudity in an economy that depends on import for almost 90 percent of its consumption plunged the Naira value in recent months.
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