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Focus Turns to Fed as Dollar Gains, Bonds Drop

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Investors moved on from President Donald Trump’s address to Congress, shifting their focus to the timing of a U.S. rate increase as the dollar strengthened, stocks advanced and bonds fell. Robust factory data from China spurred gains in metal prices.

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed the most in three weeks, the yield on 10-year Treasuries rose and European banking stocks gained after odds jumped for a Federal Reserve rate increase this month. Shares of commodity producers found support from a report indicating improving health for Chinese manufacturing which also helped prices for raw material exports.

“Fed speakers trump Trump,” Richard McGuire, the head of rates strategy at Rabobank International in London, wrote in a note. Trump’s speech lacked “fresh content for the market to trade off, with big tax cuts, deregulation and an infrastructure plan being mentioned but not supported by any details. Given this, all focus instead turned to the slew of hawkish rhetoric from Fed speakers.”

The odds of an increase in March for U.S. interest rates rose to more than 60 percent, pushing up the dollar and dragging Treasuries lower. Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley said the case for tightening has become a lot more compelling. Fed Bank of San Francisco President John Williams said he expects a rate increase to receive “serious consideration” at this month’s meeting.

Trump in his speech urged Americans to abandon conflict and help him remake the fabric of the country, a moment he hopes will turn the page on his administration’s chaotic beginning and bring clarity to his policy agenda. He offered few new proposals and made no suggestions on how he would pay for his plans, including a replacement of Obamacare, a tax overhaul including cuts for the middle class, $1 trillion in infrastructure investment and a large increase in defense spending.

Here are the main moves in markets:

Currencies

  • The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index jumped 0.4 percent as of 9:53 a.m. in London, climbing for a fourth straight day and heading for the biggest advance since Feb. 7. The yen slumped 0.7 percent to 113.52 per dollar, for a third day of losses.
  • The euro fell 0.3 percent to $1.0545 and the British pound was little changed at $1.2383 after slipping 0.5 percent Tuesday.

Stocks

  • European stocks climbed the most since Feb. 1, adding 1 percent as all industry sectors advanced. A gauge of banks gained 2 percent, leading the advance, while basic resources shares rose 1.9 percent.
  • Futures on the S&P 500 Index added 0.4 percent. The benchmark index finished February with its best monthly gain since March, climbing 3.7 percent.
  • Japan’s Topix index increased 1.2 percent, propelled by a weaker yen towards the the biggest rally in more than two weeks.
  • The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.2 percent after data on the producer price rebound, giving top officials gathering in Beijing a solid economic backdrop as they seek to rein in financial risks.

Bonds

  • Yields on 10-year Treasuries rose three basis points to 2.42 percent, climbing for a third straight day.
  • Yields on benchmark German bonds climbed four basis points to 0.25 percent after a report showed unemployment continued to decline. Yields on French benchmarks and gilts both rose three basis points.

Commodities

  • Gold dropped for a third day, falling 0.3 percent to $1,244.66 an ounce after completing a 3.1 percent gain in February.
  • West Texas Intermediate Crude rose 0.5 percent to $54.26. Oil ended last month 2.3 percent higher.
  • Copper added 1.7 percent, advancing for a fourth straight session.

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CBN Cracks Down: Revokes Licenses of 4,173 Bureaux De Change Operators

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revoked the operational licenses of 4,173 Bureaux De Change (BDC) operators across the country.

This action comes as the CBN exercises its authority under the Bank and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 and the Revised Operational Guidelines for Bureaux De Change 2015.

The affected BDCs failed to adhere to essential regulatory provisions, including the payment of necessary fees for license renewal, timely rendition of returns, and compliance with CBN directives on Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), and Counter-Proliferation Financing (CPF) regulations.

Sidi Ali, the Acting Director of Corporate Communications at the CBN, explained that the revocation underscores the importance of strict adherence to regulatory guidelines in the financial sector.

The CBN also announced its intent to revise the regulatory and supervisory guidelines for Bureaux De Change operations, with compliance to be mandatory for all stakeholders.

The public has been advised to take note of the regulatory changes and act accordingly.

This crackdown underscores the CBN’s commitment to maintaining the integrity and stability of Nigeria’s financial system through stringent regulatory oversight.

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Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate Today, March 1st, 2024

As of March 1st, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,530 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

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As of March 1st, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,530 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

For those engaging in currency transactions in the Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market), buyers purchase a dollar for N1,480 and sell it at N1,470 on Thursday, February 29th, 2024 based on information from Bureau De Change (BDC).

Meaning, the Naira exchange rate declined when compared to today’s rate below.

This black market rate signifies the value at which individuals can trade their dollars for Naira outside the official or regulated exchange channels.

Investors and participants closely monitor these parallel market rates for a more immediate reflection of currency dynamics.

How Much is Dollar to Naira Today in the Black Market?

Kindly be aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not acknowledge the existence of the parallel market, commonly referred to as the black market.

The CBN has advised individuals seeking to participate in Forex transactions to utilize official banking channels.

Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate

  • Buying Rate: N1,530
  • Selling Rate: N1,520

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Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate Today, February 29th, 2024

As of February 29th, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,480 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

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As of February 29th, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,480 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

For those engaging in currency transactions in the Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market), buyers purchase a dollar for N1,600 and sell it at N1,590 on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024 based on information from Bureau De Change (BDC).

Meaning, the Naira exchange rate improved when compared to today’s rate below.

This black market rate signifies the value at which individuals can trade their dollars for Naira outside the official or regulated exchange channels.

Investors and participants closely monitor these parallel market rates for a more immediate reflection of currency dynamics.

How Much is Dollar to Naira Today in the Black Market?

Kindly be aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not acknowledge the existence of the parallel market, commonly referred to as the black market.

The CBN has advised individuals seeking to participate in Forex transactions to utilize official banking channels.

Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate

  • Buying Rate: N1,480
  • Selling Rate: N1,470

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