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The US economy last week led global financial markets with a series of positive economic data that further confirmed the economy is growing. The housing starts rose 4.8 percent to 1.19 million units, while the labor market continued its improvement with a three month low unemployment claims of 253,000.

Whereas in the U.K., Brexit effect has begun to crystallize as consumer spending waned to six-month low. Also, both the services and manufacturing PMI shrank, plunging business activity to over seven years low. The gauge of private sector economy declined to 47.7, below the 50 level that signify contraction from expansion. In short, things are beginning to look rough for the world’s fifth largest economy.

In Europe, manufacturing sector recorded substantial improvement compared to the U.K., although the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Brexit is expected to weigh on growth going forward — yet he made no changes to monetary policy, saying stimulus will be expanded if necessary.

The world’s third largest economy, Japan, has ruled out widely speculated ‘helicopter money’ as a solution to its deflation. The interview conducted on June 17 but published on July 21, prompted investors to increase their yen positions against its counterparts on Thursday. But quickly receded after the Bank of Japan governor Haruiko Kuroda reiterated his readiness to ease policy further if required.

We have very powerful policy framework, and I don’t think there’s any significant limitation of further easing of monetary conditions in Japan, if necessary, said Kuroda.

In New Zealand, inflation failed to beat 0.5 percent expected by economists in the second quarter of the year, forcing the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to join the list of central banks considering monetary action to lift inflation. The consumer price index which measures inflation came out 0.4 percent, daunting RBNZ progress so far. This week, GBPUSD, USDCHF, EURUSD, AUDUSD, and USDCAD top the list for me.

GBPUSD

Presently, the UK economic outlook is weak, and with various business gauges falling to levels not seen since the financial crisis, investors will seek safe haven assets in the US or elsewhere.

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The pound has failed to break 1.3490 resistance level after five attempts, and has since been trading largely between 1.3103 and 1.3490 price levels. Currently, the pound is not attractive enough to cause major damage against the US dollar. Hence, a sustained break below 1.3103 support level will confirm the continuation of downward trend started on June 24 to give about 294 pips with 1.2809 as the target.

USDCHF

The US dollar is currently stronger than Swiss Franc, and as such has gained 452 pips since May 3. Breaking 0.9843 key resistance level established above wedge pattern started on January 29 this year.

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I am bullish on USDCHF with 1.0000 (parity) as the first target, a sustained break should open up another 93 pips to 1.0093 resistance level.

Last Week Recap

EURUSD dropped 93 pips last week, but far from our target of 1.0714. This week I remain bearish on this pair provided price remains below 1.1090 resistance level.

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Last week, the AUDUSD gave us 117 pips to close at 0.7464 price level, after the Reserve Bank of Australia announced it will keep stimulus expansion options open on Tuesday.

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This week, I remain bearish on AUDUSD  with 0.7379 as the first target, a sustained break should open up 0.7143 as highlighted last week.

Last week, USDCAD hit our target at 1.3142, giving us  is 259 pips. This week, USDCAD is perhaps my favourite pair for two reasons, one, U.S. crude  supply is at its highest seasonal levels in at least two decades. Two, loonie is crude oil backed currency. This week, I remain bullish on USDCAD with 1.3387 as the target as long as price remain above our last week target of 1.3142.

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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 Gained Slightly at I&E Forex Window to N412.81/$US

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Despite the Nigerian Naira trading at a record-low across the nation’s unregulated black market, the embattled currency opened slightly higher at N412.81 to a United States Dollar on Monday at the Investors and Exporters Forex Window, representing an increase of 0.08 percent when compared to the N412.88 it closed on Friday.

The improvement in Naira value was after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed all depoisit money banks operating in the country to freeze bank accounts linked to Oniwinde Olusegun Adedotun, the founder of www.abokfx.com, a forex rate publishing platform.

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor, CBN had blamed black market and bureau de change operators for the constant plunge in Naira value against its global counterparts and insisted that forex rates remained the apex bank stipulated rates and not the unregulated rates imposed by speculators and hoarders and published to the public by Abokifx and other business platforms.

There was a particular time I asked our colleagues to call the so-called owner of abokiFX, that we want to understand his model and how he came about advertising those rate, we find him as someone, a Nigerian who lives in England and conducts this nefarious activity on our economy.

“It is economic sabotage and we will pursue him, wherever he is, we will report him to international security agencies, we will track him, Mr Oniwinde, we will find you, because we cannot allow you to continue to conduct an illegal activity that kills our economy.” Emefiele said.

The governor further stated that the website was set up primarily manipulate and speculate forex rates. He said “they get naira loans, use to purchase dollars, take a position, change the rate over a given period, sell the dollars they purchased and make a profit, this is completely illegal, unacceptable and we will pursue them.”

On Friday, the last time Abokifx published unregulated forex rates, Naira was qouted at N570 to a United States Dollar while the British Pound and the Euro were quoted at N770 and N655, respectively.

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U.S Dollar Jumps to Three Weeks High on Better Than Expected Retail Sales

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The United States Dollar rose to a three-week high after data from the Commerce Department showed that the U.S retail sales rebounded in the month of August despite falling consumer confidence.

The US Dollar Index rose to 93.40 on Monday to extend Friday breakout above the 93.00 key resistance level.

U.S retail sales jumped to its highest in five months in the month of August to beat 0.8 percent decline predicted by experts. Retail sales grew by 0.7 percent in August to increase the odds of the US Federal Reserve announcing tapering during next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

U.S. consumption is not slowing as quickly as it appeared a month ago despite the fading stimulus, and the Delta variant did not much affect the industries feeding into retail sales,” said Chris Low, chief economist at FHN Financial in New York. “The economy continued to hum in August.”

Against the Japanese Yen, the U.S dollar strengthened to 109.48 from 109.91 attained on Friday on broad-based selloff during London trading session, while heavy selloff plunged British pound against the U.S dollar 1.36610 before reboundling slightly to 1.36946.

The Euro dropped from 1.17883 recorded on Friday to 1.16995 on Monday during London trading session.

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Naira Exchange Rates Today, Friday, September 17, 2021

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Naira continued its downward trend against other currencies on Friday as it plunged to N570 against the United States Dollar at the black market. The local currency traded at N770 and N655 to British Pound and Euro, respectively.

Persistent forex scarcity amid a series of in effective policies have made access to forex impossible for most of businesses that operates in largely import dependent African biggest economy.

Nigeria’s forex reserves, the means in which the nation, service its dollar consuming 200 million population has been on a decline in recent weeks despite crude oil trading at over a year high of $73 a barrel. Some of the factors that have crippled the ability of central bank to cushion the economy with enough forex is low crude oil production, partly due to production cap, weak local manufacturing sector that has made the nation a huge import dependent economy, the ongoing crisis between herders and farmers, rising costs even with falling inflation, etc.

At the bureau de change section, Naira exchanged at N565, N775 and N655 to a United States Dollar, British Pound and Euro common currency.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had stopped the sale of forex to the bureau de change operators to plug forex leakages and curb activities of criminal elements, the decision has worsen forex availability. See other forex rates below.

Naira Black Market Exchange Rates

Morning * Midday** Evening *** Final Rates

Date USD GBP EURO YUAN Canadian Australian
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
17/09/2021 560/570* 763/770* 647/655* 70/75 430/440 310/330
16/09/2021 560/570 763/770 647/655 70/75 430/440 310/330
15/09/2021 552/562 754/760 640/648 70/75 430/440 310/330
14/09/2021 550/557 754/760 640/645 70/75 430/440 310/330
13/09/2021 543/550 742/750 630/636 70/75 425/435 310/330
10/09/2021 538/545 738/745 630/636 70/75 420/432 310/330
09/09/2021 532/540 730/740 627/632 70/76 419/430 310/330
08/09/2021 528/535 723/730 623/629 70/75 419/426 310/330

Bureau De Change Naira Rates

Date USD GBP EURO
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
17/09/2021 555/565 760/775 640/655
16/09/2021 548/555 753/765 635/645
15/09/2021 548/555 750/761 635/645
14/09/2021 548/555 750/761 635/645
13/09/2021 535/550 737/745 630/636
11/09/2021 530/547 735/745 630/635
10/09/2021 530/547 735/745 630/635
09/09/2021 528/538 730/738 625/630
08/09/2021 525/531 718/730 616/625

Central Bank of Nigeria’s Official Naira Rates

Date Currency Buying(NGN) Central(NGN) Selling(NGN)
9/16/2021 US DOLLAR 409.57 410.07 410.57
9/16/2021 POUNDS STERLING 566.763 567.4549 568.1468
9/16/2021 EURO 482.0229 482.6114 483.1998
9/16/2021 SWISS FRANC 442.6827 443.2231 443.7635
9/16/2021 YEN 3.7434 3.748 3.7526
9/16/2021 CFA 0.7191 0.7291 0.7391
9/16/2021 WAUA 583.3071 584.0192 584.7313
9/16/2021 YUAN/RENMINBI 63.5338 63.6118 63.6898
9/16/2021 RIYAL 109.2012 109.3345 109.4678
9/16/2021 SOUTH AFRICAN RAND 28.3101 28.3446 28.3792

N.B: These tables are updated three times a day.

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