Post-Brexit has not only changed the way investors and businesses approach the markets, but also have up the level of uncertainty and wariness of financial market participants. Last week, the US final GDP showed that the economy rose at a 1.1 percent annualized rate in the first quarter, better than 0.8 percent previously estimated. While both consumer confidence index and manufacturing sector showed reasonable improvement, yet the dollar lost substantial ground against its counterparts, partly due to the Federal Reserve’s decision to delay rate hike, and perhaps that explained the level of uncertainty of the financial markets post-Brexit.
Another important factor to consider going forward is the global political system — the US presidential election, the Japanese election, the UK election and the on-going Australia election are key determinants of market direction as investors and businesses are expected to make adjustments to their investments and business decisions to accommodate possible changes in policies peradventure incoming administration deem it fit.
This week, traders are also expected to start pricing in the possibility of Bank of England cutting interest rates further, after the governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said on Friday that “it is now clear that uncertainty could remain high for a while — the economic outlook has weakened and necessitate some monetary easing over the summer.” Hence, caution is advised. This week the EURUSD, AUDJPY and USDJPY top the list. Lets start;
There is no doubt that the US economy has rebounded from 38,000 non-farm payrolls recorded in May, what is uncertain is to what extent. For instance, the manufacturing sector improved significantly to its highest in a year, while unemployment claims surged 1k last week. But the Euro 19-nation single currency on the other hand is entangled in post-Brexit gloomy outlook with uncertainty hanging over its head, although the US dollar lost part of its gains last week I believed its largely due to a delay in the rate decision and that the Euro currency is presently not attractive enough to topple the US dollar gains just yet.
If the pair failed to remain below 1.2304 resistance level, a sustained break will nullify this analysis as it would have confirmed an important bullish pattern. Otherwise, I am bearish on the EURUSD and expect a break of 1.1090 to open up 1.0714 target. Non-farm payroll report is due on Friday.
The Aussie dollar attracted substantial buyers last week to gain back part of its losses against the Japanese yen. While the outlook seems okay without factoring in China’s weak manufacturing report released on Friday and chaotic electoral process that left the country without a conclusive election result last week, the pair remains bearish as long as 78.14 resistance level holds. Especially knowing the potential of the Japanese yen as a safe haven asset in an eventful period like this, I remain bearish on AUDJPY with 73.544 as the target.
Again Japan’s manufacturing sector, consumer confidence and trade balance improved well enough to reinforce the sort of demand needed to weigh on the pair, since weak China’s manufacturing sector will reflect on Aussie dollar this July anyways. It is widely expected that the Reserve Bank of Australia will leave its rate unchanged on Tuesday.
As long as global risks remain high, global investors will continue to sell-off this pair to contain risk exposure. Even with 2 percent inflation target gradually becoming elusive, Japanese yen remains attractive.
This pair remains on the downside as long as 104.25 resistance level holds.
Akinwumi Adesina Extols Africans in Diaspora on Cross-Border Remittance
African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Akinwumi Adeshina has extolled the tenacity and impacts of Africans in Diaspora on cross-border remittance.
According to the AfDB President, Africans in the diaspora are the continent’s largest financiers through their yearly remittances.
Speaking at an event organised by the Bank in collaboration with the African Union Commission, Adeshina noted that cross-border remittance into Africa is more than development assistance to the continent.
Investors King earlier reported that remittance into Nigeria and other countries in the sub-Sahara Africa region hits $53 billion in 2022.
The AfDB President said, “The value of remittances from the African diaspora doubled from $37 billion in 2010 to $87 billion in 2019, reaching $95.6 billion by 2021. Yet official development assistance to Africa in 2021 was $35 billion, or 36% of the remittances from the diaspora”.
Adeshina added that Egypt and Nigeria are among the top-ten remittance recipients globally, with $31.5 billion and $19.2 billion, respectively in 2021.
While speaking on the advantage of cross-border remittance to the African continent, the AfDB president noted that remittances have helped to meet financial, food, education, and health needs of many Africans, “it as well as serve as countercyclical sources of finance,” he said.
“The African diaspora has become the largest financier in Africa! And it is not debt, it is 100% gifts or grants, a new form of concessional financing that is the key for livelihood and security for millions of Africans” he added.
Similarly, Adeshina further positioned the need to eliminate premium charges on cross-border remittance into Africa. He noted that cross-border into Africa is twice what is it for South Asia.
He concluded that the Africans in diaspora can add more than remittance and investment, noting that they have skills, knowledge and know-how which can be needed for the development of the continent.
“They can help build world-class universities, and they can be mentors for the new generation of Africans,” he said.
E-Naira Transaction Volume Rises to N5 Billion in November Amid Intensified Campaign
More Nigerians embrace eNaira wallet as CBN takes adoption campaign across the nation
The Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has disclosed that e-Naira transaction volume rose to a record N5 billion in the month of November following a series of campaigns initiated to encourage adoption.
Investors King had earlier reported how the e-Naira adoption team visited a number of parks in Abuja and the University of Lagos among other locations to drive the adoption of the digital currency.
Speaking at the Second Edition of the Africa Cashless Payment Conference, CBN’s Director of Information and Technology, Hajiya Rakiya Mohammed noted that transaction on the e-naira platform does not attract any charges.
She stated that Nigeria’s financial ecosystem is large to accommodate everyone.
Hajia Rakiya added that the e-Naira platform can be operated in any of Nigeria’s major local languages, stating that onboarding onto the e-Naira platform is a simple process.
She further stressed that the primary goal of the e-naira is to reduce the amount of cash in circulation, thereby downsizing the cost of producing paper currency, increase in revenue and direct disbursement to citizens.
Meanwhile, the e-Naira circulation has reached N401.82 million as more Nigerians embraced the digital currency.
It could be recalled that on October 25, 2021, CBN launched the e-Naira making Nigeria the first African country to have a digital currency.
During the unveiling of the e-Naira in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari stated that the digital naira would increase remittances, foster cross-border trade, improve financial inclusion and enable the government to make welfare payments more easily.
On his part, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele disclosed that the e-Naira offered Nigerians endless possibilities in using financial services.
While admonishing more Nigerians to embrace the digital naira, Hajia Rakiya noted that “both banked and unbanked can use it, and it can be done through USSD *997#. We have integrated it with telecoms and NIBBS instant payments plus integration with money transfer operations so you can use e-naira for cross border”.
CBN Will Redesign Naira Notes Every Five to Eight Years; Say Emefiele
The central bank will henceforth redesign the nation’s legal tender every five to eight years
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has said the bank will henceforth redesign the nation’s legal tender every five to eight years.
The apex bank governor revealed at the unveiling of the new naira notes on Tuesday.
Godwin Emefiele explained that the naira redesign is in line with global best practice noting that the naira needed to be redesigned and re-issued every five to eight years.
According to the CBN governor, previous administrations lacked the political will to approve the redesign of the naira notes. Stating that it is regrettable that the naira has not been redesigned for the past 19 years.
“In the past, I have to confess that attempts by the CBN to redesign and re-issue the naira notes have been resisted. It is only President Muhammadu Buhari that has exhibited the courage to do so,” the CBN governor stated.
Emefiele added that going forward, naira notes will be redesigned at intervals to address some peculiar issues.
“After today, the CBN will begin to redesign and reissue the naira every five to eight years,” he said.
Investors King had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the redesigned naira notes at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting today.
Among those who joined the president with the unveiling include the CBN governor and the EFCC chairman.
Recall, in October, the CBN announced it will redesign the N200, N500 and N1,000 notes in line with its mandate.
Meanwhile, the CBN governor has disclosed that the new naira notes can not be counterfeited because of the features embedded in them.
Similarly, he added that security agencies would be monitoring people making withdrawals at the counter to sniff out money laundering and unravel illegal usage.
“The CBN has moved to a cashless economy. We will restrain the volume of cash someone will withdraw over the counter. We will follow up with the person’s data to know the reason for such withdrawal,” he concluded.
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