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Dollar Drops As Goldman Asset Sees Rally Losing Steam

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The dollar declined from a seven-week high as investors braced for the Federal Reserve policy decision this week and Goldman Sachs Asset Management said a rally that propelled the dollar to a seven-week high will fizzle.

The money manager said it expects the U.S. central bank to forgo an interest-rate increase this week, in line with the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey, even after a report Sept. 16 showing U.S. inflation rising faster than economists forecast drove the greenback higher. Hedge funds and other speculative investors trimmed bullish dollar positions last week as they awaited comments from policy makers about the path of interest rates.

Parent Goldman Sachs Group Inc. cut its forecasts for gains in the U.S. currency versus the yen, saying it is “not optimistic” about the outcome of the Bank of Japan’s policy meeting this week.

“Over the medium to longer term, we continue to expect U.S. dollar weakness versus G-10 and emerging-market currencies,” the asset-management firm said in a note to clients dated Sept. 16. “We expect no move in September but anticipate the Fed will signal that a rate hike is still possible this year, while the pace of tightening will be even more shallow and gradual than previous Fed projections.”

The dollar weakened 0.1 percent to $1.1166 per euro as of 8:48 a.m. New York time and fell 0.5 percent to 101.77 yen. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.3 percent from Sept. 16, when it jumped 0.7 percent to close at its highest level since July 28.

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Hedge funds and other large speculators cut net bullish positions on the dollar for the week ended Sept. 13, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Bets that the dollar would rise outnumbered bearish positions by 113,195 contracts, down from 119,066 in the previous period.
Fed Fund futures imply a one-in-five chance of Fed action Wednesday and a 55 percent chance by year-end.

Since boosting interest rates last December, Fed policy makers have refrained from a subsequent hike, with external factors from Brexit to concerns over global growth staying their hand. Later this year, the U.S. election might deter them, according to Neil Jones, head of hedge fund sales at Mizuho Bank Ltd. in London.

Polls show the presidential race is getting tighter, clouding the outlook for U.S. Policy beyond November’s vote. Citigroup Inc. reduced its forecast of the likelihood of a Hillary Clinton victory to 60 percent from 65 percent, with a 40 percent probability of a victory by Donald Trump, analysts led by Tina Fordham wrote in client note.

“Many still believe a December rate hike is on the cards, but some might be cautious because policy makers have told the market they were ready to raise rates this year but that has not happened,” said Mizuho’s Jones. “I see politics in the U.S. as a risk. It may deter the Fed from delivering a rate increase.”
The BOJ decides policy the same day as the Fed this week, with forecasts for action by analysts ranging widely. That is complicating the job of currency traders trying to position for the event. Japan became the epicenter of a global bond selloff this month, amid speculation the central bank will pull back from buying long-term bonds after Governor Haruhiko Kuroda ordered a comprehensive review of its easing program.

‘Broad Range’

“The U.S. dollar is going to trade in a broad range, capped by Fed inaction on the one side, and the potential for heightened volatility on the other,” said Daniel Been, head of foreign exchange research at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Sydney. “The BOJ and the potential for them to drive a larger global steepening is the bigger event.”

Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, is taking the view that Japan’s central bank “will continue to ease at upcoming meetings,” likely by further cuts to the deposit rate, but it won’t be enough to reverse the “adverse dynamic” created in January, with the introduction of a negative interest-rate policy. The Wall Street firm cut its three-month forecast for the dollar to 108 yen from 115 yen, and its 12-month prediction to 115 yen from 125 yen.

“Focus at the BOJ has shifted toward making the existing policy stance sustainable, as opposed to adding stimulus to meet the inflation target,” Goldman Sachs analysts led by Robin Brooks wrote in a note dated Sept. 18. “We are not optimistic.”

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Naira Black Market Exchange Rate Hits N745 Against U.S. Dollar

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Naira black market – The Naira to Dollar exchange rate improved to N745 on Friday, 9th December 2022 at the nation’s black market, up from the N750 it exchanged on Thursday. This represents an improvement of 0.67%

At the official forex section, the Investors and Exporters forex window, the Naira depreciated slightly against the U.S. Dollar to N446 on Thursday from N445.83 recorded in the previous day.

Currency traders in that section of forex transacted $213.2 million on Thursday, the highest turnover in almost a month.

Accordingly, at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) interbank forex section, Dollar was sold to financial institutions at N445.47 since  Wednesday while Pounds Sterling and Euro common currency were exchanged at 541.157 and N467.4317, respectively.

The Nigerian Naira remained under pressure against its global counterparts as market uncertainty ahead of the 2023 general election and a series of policy changes continue to dictate the local currency value.

Meanwhile, the CBN has announced yet another policy change on cash withdrawal. Investors King reports that Nigerians can no longer withdraw more than N20,000 per day and N100,000 per week.

Responding to questions from the press during his visit to President Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, Mr Emefiele said the policy would not be reversed despite outcry but would be reviewed from time to time.

“I am aware that they (federal lawmakers) have asked for some briefings and we will brief them. But I think it’s important for me to say that the cashless policy started in 2012,” he said when asked about the House’s decision.

“But on almost three to four occasions we had to step down the policy because we felt that there is a need for us to prepare ourselves and deepen our payment system infrastructure in Nigeria.

“Between 2012 and now 2022, almost 10 years, we believe that a lot of electronic channels have been put in place that will aid people in conducting banking and financial service transactions in Nigeria,” he said.

 

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Akinwumi Adesina Extols Africans in Diaspora on Cross-Border Remittance

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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. 

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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

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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”.

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