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Naira Depreciates to N367 Against US Dollar

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  • Naira Depreciates to N367 Against US Dollar

The Naira depreciated at the parallel market despite the Central Bank of Nigeria $250 million intervention on Monday.

The local currency declined to N367 against the US dollar on Wednesday, down from N365 a US dollar recorded a week ago.

Central bank has managed to keep the Naira relatively stable in the past few months, trading between N365 – N370 against the US dollar. Thanks to its intermittent interventions.

So far, the apex bank has injected about $1 billion in the last two weeks to support the forex market and boost economic activities.

The bank’s Acting Director in charge of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, attributed the second quarter economic growth to the CBN intermittent interventions and efforts at ensuring businesses access forex at CBN stipulated rate.

He further stated that the timely execution and settlement of eligible contracts as well as surge in forex liquidity aided the real sector and bolstered industrial capacities that revamped the economy.

However, experts believe surged in the oil production and fairly stable global oil prices boosted the economy in the second quarter.

For instance, “While the non-oil (0.45%), manufacturing (0.64%), and agricultural (3.01%) sectors sustained growth in the second quarter, they expanded at a slower pace than preceding quarters. However, oil sector offset that shortfall by rebounding from -15.40 percent recorded in the first quarter to grow at 1.64 percent in the second quarter. Another indication that the economy is still crude oil driven,” said Samed Olukoya, a foreign exchange research analyst at Investors King Ltd.

The economy expanded by 0.55 percent in the quarter, up from -0.91 percent recorded in the preceding quarter.

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Bureau De Change Operators Demand CBN Reversal on New Capital Requirement

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In a move that underscores growing tensions between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), the latter has vehemently demanded the reversal of the new capital requirements set forth by the apex bank.

The CBN recently issued fresh guidelines for the operations of Bureau De Change (BDC) operators, introducing two new categories of licenses with significantly higher capital bases.

The Tier 1 category necessitates a minimum capital requirement of N2 billion, alongside non-refundable application and license fees of N1 million and N5 million, respectively.

Similarly, Tier 2 BDCs are mandated to maintain a minimum capital base of N500 million, with corresponding fees.

This move by the CBN has elicited strong opposition from BDC operators, who argue that the new requirements pose a significant threat to their businesses.

During a virtual meeting themed “New CBN Regulatory & Supervisory Reforms for BDCs: Challenges and Way Forward,” the association presented recommendations aimed at addressing their concerns.

ABCON President, Aminu Gwadebe, emphasized the urgency of the situation, demanding the immediate reversal of the financial requirements.

He proposed a return to the previously submitted proposal, suggesting capital thresholds of N500 million for Tier 1, N100 million for Tier 2, and N35 million for Tier 3.

Also, he advocated for existing BDC owners to be given the opportunity to recapitalize instead of reapplying for licenses.

The association further urged the CBN to recognize the existing N35 million capital requirement and incorporate it into the recapitalization process.

They called for a nationwide enlightenment campaign to allay investors’ fears and an extension of the compliance timeline to two years for fairness. Furthermore, existing BDCs should be permitted to retain their generic names, and the terms of engagement for mergers and acquisitions clarified.

Operators expressed outright rejection of the new guidelines, with concerns raised about the CBN’s perception of their role in the financial sector.

Ibrahim Bala voiced the collective sentiment, labeling the guidelines as unacceptable, while Kayode Taiwo questioned the government’s motives behind the capital hike.

In response, the CBN defended its stance, emphasizing the importance of corporate governance and compliance with anti-money laundering regulations for BDC operators.

As the standoff between BDC operators and the CBN intensifies, the outcome of this dispute will likely shape the future landscape of Nigeria’s foreign exchange market.

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Black Market Dollar (USD) to Naira (NGN) Exchange Rate Today 29th May 2024

The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of May 29th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,520.

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The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of May 29th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,520.

Recent data from Bureau De Change (BDC) reveals that buyers in the Lagos Parallel Market purchased a dollar for ₦1,510 and sold it at ₦1,500 on Monday, May 28th, 2024.

This indicates a decline in the Naira exchange rate when compared to today’s rate.

The black market rate plays a crucial role for investors and participants, offering a real-time reflection of currency dynamics outside official or regulated exchange channels.

Monitoring these rates provides insights into the immediate value of the Naira against the dollar, guiding decision-making processes for individuals and businesses alike.

It’s important to note that while the black market offers valuable insights, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not officially recognize its existence.

The CBN advises individuals engaging in forex transactions to utilize official banking channels, emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulatory frameworks.

How much is dollar to naira today in the black market

For those navigating the currency exchange landscape, here are the latest figures for the black market exchange rate:

  • Buying Rate: ₦1,520
  • Selling Rate: ₦1,510

As economic conditions continue to evolve, staying informed about currency exchange rates empowers individuals to make informed financial decisions. While the black market provides immediate insights, adherence to regulatory guidelines ensures stability and transparency in forex transactions.

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Black Market Dollar (USD) to Naira (NGN) Exchange Rate Today 28th May 2024

The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of May 28th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,510.

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The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of May 28th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,510.

Recent data from Bureau De Change (BDC) reveals that buyers in the Lagos Parallel Market purchased a dollar for ₦1,520 and sold it at ₦1,510 on Monday, May 27th, 2024.

This indicates an improvement in the Naira exchange rate when compared to today’s rate.

The black market rate plays a crucial role for investors and participants, offering a real-time reflection of currency dynamics outside official or regulated exchange channels.

Monitoring these rates provides insights into the immediate value of the Naira against the dollar, guiding decision-making processes for individuals and businesses alike.

It’s important to note that while the black market offers valuable insights, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not officially recognize its existence.

The CBN advises individuals engaging in forex transactions to utilize official banking channels, emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulatory frameworks.

How much is dollar to naira today in the black market

For those navigating the currency exchange landscape, here are the latest figures for the black market exchange rate:

  • Buying Rate: ₦1,510
  • Selling Rate: ₦1,500

As economic conditions continue to evolve, staying informed about currency exchange rates empowers individuals to make informed financial decisions. While the black market provides immediate insights, adherence to regulatory guidelines ensures stability and transparency in forex transactions.

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