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BoE Raises Interest Rates by 25 Basis Points

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  • BoE Raises Interest Rates by 25 Basis Points

The Bank of England policymakers on Thursday raised interest rates for the first time in a decade.

The apex bank raised benchmark rate by 25 basis points from 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent, according to the minutes.

The Monetary Policy Committee led by Governor Mark Carney voted 7-2 in support of the increase, while at the same time highlighting the fragile state of the economy as the nation seek to exit the European Union in 2019.

According to the report, the committee voted unanimously to maintain the bond-buying program at £435 billion, saying weak consumption growth is expected to remain sluggish in the near term before rising in line with household incomes.

However, the central bank said the strong trade was bolstered by strong global growth and pound depreciation but uncertainties surrounding the Brexit remains and continues to weigh on new investment.

Inflation rate is projected to remain above 3 percent in October, saying the past pound sterling depreciation and the surge in energy prices continue to filter through to consumer prices.

Also, the effects of rising import prices on inflation will likely diminish over the next few years and domestic inflationary pressures are predicted to pick up as spare capacity is absorbed and wage growth gradually recovers.

“On balance, inflation is expected to fall back over the next year and, conditioned on the gently rising path of Bank Rate implied by current market yields, to approach the 2 percent target by the end of the forecast period,” the report reads.

The fragile construction sector rebounded from a record low in October, while the manufacturing sector unexpectedly expanded than forecast in the same month. Meaning, the U.K. economy remained resilience, however, slowing business investment amid Brexit negotiation continued to impact productivity. And with borrowing cost now higher, the economic growth rate may shrink further. Currently growing at the slowest rate among the Group seven nations.

The pound plunged across board following the report, trading at $1.3105 against the US dollar.

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

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Bureau De Change Operator

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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Naira Exchange Rates - Investors King

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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