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Brent Mortgage Bank Targets $21b Diaspora Cash With New Product

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Brent Mortgage Bank Limited is targeting a large chunk of the estimated $21 billion annual remittances by Nigerians in the Diaspora with its newly developed product, Brent Home Ownership Diaspora Account (BHODA),, its Managing Director/CEO, Kola Abdul, has said.

Speaking during the product launch at the weekend in Lagos, Abdul said the product was created for Nigerians in the Diaspora who desire to own home, or invest in property in their homeland.

“We realised that although Nigerians in Diaspora are working hard and living in decent accommodations outside the country also deserve a decent place of abode in Nigeria. We also realise that many of them have not been able to achieve this dream of owing a home of their choice because of funds diversion, suppression, and conversion by friends and relations,” he said.

Abdul explained that the product would eliminate those challenges, and make home ownership easy for investors. He said the firm had identified some marketing agents in the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland, who would assist the company in conducting due diligence its prospective customers.

“We simply require completion of our forms on-line with requisite documents attached. The prospective buyer at the onset will state the area where he or she wants the property, type of property, price range and other necessary details. Brent has opened domiciliary accounts with two commercial banks in Nigeria. Remittances would be made into any of these accounts in three different currencies namely, Dollar, Pounds Sterling and Euro,” he said.

He explained that when the local value of the remittances are close to 30 per cent of the value of property of interest, the customer would choose from identified properties and partake in price negotiation with our support. “Brent would conduct legal, physical and general investigations on the approved property before full payment is made and customer takes possession. Mortgage would thereafter be created on agreed rate and tenor while customer repays quarterly. Legal title would be transferred to customer immediately mortgage obligations are fully settled by customer,” he said.

He continued: “We have opted to play in this segment of the market with a view to deepening the mortgage market and managing our business risks more effectively. This is where we have strength and skills. Our franchise covers Lagos State that has about 17 million population, which is about 12 per cent of the country’s population and about 2.4 million housing deficit. It is pertinent to state that the franchise does not preclude us from financing mortgages outside Lagos State.”

He said the mortgage bank has also introduced two other products, Brent Rent to Own (BRENTO) and Brent Retirement Home Plan (BREHOP). For BRENTO, Abdul said customers are expected to meet the firm’s affordability and eligibility requirements, and with the payment of little equity contribution, such customer moves into any of the financed properties. The company will, thereafter, collect yearly payment of lump sum which covers mortgage repayment and interest elements for an agreed period of time ranging from five to 10 years. “When the property amount and interests are fully settled, the customer/occupant becomes the legal owner for life. Interest payable is 10 per cent per annum, which is very competitive,” he said.

According to him, BREHOP customers and prospective ones with regular stream of income, especially salary earners, can take advantage of this product to become home owners before retirement. “An account needs to be opened with us giving details of employment.

There would be 30 per cent equity build up at the earliest convenience of the customer/prospect. The two parties would identify the property the customer has the capacity to repay without pressure on his take-home pay. Interest rate is negotiable and competitive,” he said.

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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Oil Prices Decline on Rising India COVID-19 Cases, U.S Inflation Concerns

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Global oil prices extended a decline on Friday following a 3 percent drop on Thursday as coronavirus cases rose in India, one of the world’s largest oil consumers.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, declined by 35 cents or 0.5 percent to $66.70 a barrel at 5 am Nigerian time on Tuesday while the U.S West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell by 28 cents or 0.4 percent to $63.54 per barrel.

The commodity super cycle rally just hit a hard stop and the energy market doesn’t know what to make of Wall Street’s fixation over inflation and the slow flattening of the curve in India,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.

The crude demand story is still upbeat for the second half of the year and that should prevent any significant dips in oil prices,” he added.

Prices dropped over a series of key economic data that stoke inflation concerns and forced experts to start thinking the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates to curb the surge in inflation.

An increase in interest rates typically boosts the U.S. dollar, which in turn pressures oil prices because it makes crude oil more expensive for holders of other currencies.

This coupled with the fact that India, the world’s third-largest oil consumer, recorded more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths for a second straight day on Thursday, dragged on the oil outlook in the near term.

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Brent Crude Rises to $69 on IEA Report

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Oil prices rose after the release of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA)  closely-watched Oil Market Report, with WTI Crude trading at above $66 a barrel and Brent Crude surpassing the $69 per barrel mark.

Prices jumped even though the agency revised down its full-year 2021 oil demand growth forecast by 270,000 barrels per day (bpd) from last month’s assessment, expecting now demand to rise by 5.4 million bpd. The downward revision was due to weaker consumption in Europe and North America in the first quarter and expectations of 630,000 bpd lower demand in the second quarter due to India’s COVID crisis.

The excess oil inventories of the past year have been all but depleted, and a strong demand rebound in the second half this year could lead to even steeper stock draws, the IEA said yesterday, keeping an upbeat forecast of global oil demand despite the weaker-than-expected first half of 2021.

However, the upbeat outlook for the second half of the year remains unchanged, as vaccination campaigns expand and the pandemic largely comes under control, the IEA said.

Moreover, the global oil glut that was hanging over the market for more than a year is now gone, the agency said.

“After nearly a year of robust supply restraint from OPEC+, bloated world oil inventories that built up during last year’s COVID-19 demand shock have returned to more normal levels,” the IEA said in its report.

In March, industry stocks in the developed economies fell by 25 million barrels to 2.951 billion barrels, reducing the overhang versus the five-year average to only 1.7 million barrels, and stocks continued to fall in April.

“Draws had been almost inevitable as easing mobility restrictions in the United States and Europe, robust industrial activity and coronavirus vaccinations set the stage for a steady rebound in fuel demand while OPEC+ pumped far below the call on its crude,” the IEA said.

The market looks oversupplied in May, but stock draws are set to resume as early as June and accelerate later this year. Under the current OPEC+ policy, oil supply will not catch up fast enough, with a jump in demand expected in the second half, according to the IEA. As vaccination rates rise and mobility restrictions ease, global oil demand is set to soar from 93.1 million bpd in the first quarter of 2021 to 99.6 million bpd by the end of the year.

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OPEC Expects Increase In Global Oil Demand Raises Members’ Forecast on Crude Supply

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The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) yesterday lifted its forecast on its members’ crude this year by over 200,000 bpd and now expects demand for its own crude to average 27.65mn bpd in 2021.

This is almost 5.2mn bpd higher than last year and around 2.7mn b/d higher than an earlier estimate of the group’s April production.

According to the highlights of the organisation’s latest Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR), OPEC crude is projected to rise from 26.48 million bpd in the second quarter to 28.7 million bpd in the third and 29.54 million bpd in the fourth quarter of the year.

The report also indicated a fall in Nigeria’s crude production from 1.477 bpd in February to 1.473, a difference of just about 4,000 bpd before rising again in April to 1.548 million bpd, to add 75,000 bpd last month.

OPEC stated that its upward revision of members’ crude was underpinned by a downgrade in the group’s forecast for non-OPEC supply, which it now expects to grow by 700,000 bpd to 63.6mn b/d against last month’s report’s projection of a 930,000 bpd rise to 63.83mn bpd.

The oil cartel projected that US crude output would drop by 280,000 bpd this year, compared with its previous forecast for a 70,000 bpd decline.

On the demand side, OPEC kept its overall forecast unchanged from last month’s MOMR, stressing that it expects global oil demand to grow by 5.95 million bpd to 96.46 million bpd this year, partly reversing last year’s 9.48mn bpd drop.

Spot crude prices fell in April for the first time in six months, with North Sea Dated and WTI easing month-on-month by 1.7 percent and 1 percent, respectively.

On the global economic projections, the cartel said stimulus measures in the US and accelerating recovery in Asian economies might continue supporting the global economic growth forecast for 2021, now revised up by 0.1 percent to reach 5.5 percent year-on-year.

This comes after a 3.5 percent year-on-year contraction estimated for the global economy in 2020.

However, global economic growth for 2021 remains clouded by uncertainties including, but not limited to the spread of COVID-19 variants and the speed of the global vaccine rollout, OPEC stated.

“World oil demand is assumed to have dropped by 9.5 mb/d in 2020, unchanged from last month’s assessment, now estimated to have reached 90.5 mb/d for the year. For 2021, world oil demand is expected to increase by 6.0 mb/d, unchanged from last month’s estimate, to average 96.5 mb/d,” it said.

The report listed the main drivers for supply growth in 2021 to be Canada, Brazil, China, and Norway, while US liquid supply is expected to decline by 0.1 mb/d year-on-year.

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