The yen and Kiwi fell to their lowest levels in almost two months as speculation the two countries planned to increase economic stimulus gain momentum.
According to the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, the Bank of Japan is looking to extend its stimulus package by 20 trillion yen ($187 billion) to boost weak consumer spending and pressure costs amid low shipment orders.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand also stated that further monetary action may be needed to lift low inflation and modulate surging foreign exchange, increasing the odds of interest-rate cut next month. While Japan’s central bank will hold a two-day policy meeting from July 29 to July 30.
“The yen should continue to ratchet lower against the dollar into next Friday’s Bank of Japan meeting,” said Sean Callow, a senior foreign-exchange strategist at Westpac Banking Corp. in Sydney. “As for the kiwi, an August rate cut is effectively a done deal. It should underperform on crosses near term.”
In its economic outlook report, “the RBNZ partly blamed its high exchange rate for holding down tradable goods inflation, hence, making it difficult to meet the inflation target of 1 percent to 3 percent.” The country’s inflation increased 0.4 percent in the second quarter of the year, but lower than 0.5 percent forecast by analysts.
Traders are currently pricing in about 90 percent probability of an August rate reduction compared with yesterday’s 75 percent.
The Kiwi dropped 0.8 percent against the US dollar to 69.69 U.S cents, after previously reaching 69.54, its lowest since June 8.
While the yen fell as much as 0.5 percent to 107.45 per dollar, before retreating to 107.15 as of 8:14 a.m. in Tokyo on Thursday.
Stanbic IBTC Obtains Approvals, License to Establish Life Insurance Subsidiary
Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc on Friday announced that it has obtained all required Regulatory Approvals and a license from the National Insurance Commission to establish a wholly-owned Life Insurance subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Limited (SIIL).
In a statement signed by Chidi Okezi, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and released on Friday, the bank said “The establishment of this new subsidiary essentially complements the bouquet of product offerings by Stanbic IBTC as it continues its goal of being the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider in Nigeria. In this regard, SIIL will aim to facilitate long term insurance for already financially included individuals and will seek to become the preferred Insurer in the Life Insurance Business.
“Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, is a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management. The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade deals between Africa, China and select emerging markets. Standard Bank Group is the largest African financial institution by assets. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 21 countries on the African continent.
“Standard Bank has been in operation for over 158 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.”
World Bank to Discuss New $1.5 Billion Loan Request From Nigeria
The Finance Minister, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Friday said the Federal Government has met all the conditions for a fresh loan of $1.5 billion from the World Bank.
The minister disclosed this on Bloomberg TV.
She said the multilateral financial institution is in the final stage of approving the loan. The minister explained that the loan will be discussed in the bank’s next meeting and possibly be approved in the same meeting.
In June, the Senate approved the borrowing plans but the World Bank pushed back demanding Nigeria fulfill the conditions attached to the $3.4 billion loan received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May.
Some of the conditions were to increase revenue generation by upping VAT, the introduction of tariff reflective electricity bill, the removal of subsidy and the unification of the nation’s foreign exchange.
Most of which the Federal Government has done despite protests from most Nigerians who called the new policies anti-people given their current situation.
Nigeria Realises Over N400 Billion from Company Income Tax in the Third Quarter of 2020
The Federal Government realised N416.01 billion from Company Income Tax (CIT) in the third quarter of the year, according to the latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
This was 3.48 percent higher than the N402.03 billion generated in the second quarter of the year and represents a decline of 20.13 percent year-on-year from N520.89 billion realised in the third quarter of 2019.
A breakdown of the report showed the professional services sector including the telecoms generated the highest amount of CIT at N55.52 billion during the quarter, while the manufacturing sector followed with N42.03 billion.
The banking and financial institutions realised N24.05 billion while the mining generated the least and closely followed by Textile and Garment Industry and Local Government Councils with N120.93 million, N167.51 million and N321.72 million generated, respectively.
The report added that out of the total amount realised during the quarter under review, a sum of N244.70 billion was generated as CIT locally. The federal government collected N70.34 billion as foreign CIT payment and the remain N100.97 billion was received as CIT from other payments.
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