- UBS Rogue Trader Kweku Adoboli Deported to Ghana
The well published UBS trader, Kweku Adoboli, has finally been deported back to Ghana after serving years in jail for GB£1.3 billion fraud.
The Ghanian, who moved to the UK at the age of twelve, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 2012 and served half of the sentence.
Adoboli, 38, was released in June 2015 and immediately faced deportation.
While fighting Home Office (UKVI) to halt his deportation, Adoboli embarked on a national tour to enlighten students, financial traders and others in the banking sector on ethics and risk management.
Adoboli, in one of his numerous interviews, said UBS’ Global Synthetic Equities Trading team in London took the decision that led to GB£1.3 billion losses together despite been the one that opened the positions.
Speaking to Ross Ashcroft on Renegade Inc, the trader said he was forced to flip his position in 2011 after been pressured by his supervisor against his better judgement.
According to him, his team made $135 million of the total $150 million profit UBS generated in 2011. But other members of Global Synthetic Equities group that was created to generate profit from a product set called Delta One like Deutsche Bank made $3 billion, while the number two position generated about $900 million in profit.
With the profit that low compared to other members of the group, the bank’s CEO pushed the team to up profit, which involves taking on more risks to compete with the likes of Deutsche Bank, to climb the elite ladder.
Although he agreed to increase profit, he denied initially agreeing to the trades that led to the losses until he was pulled aside and warned on the danger of going against the party line.
This, according to him, includes the CEO of the bank that told him the market will fly despite his fundamental analysis saying otherwise.
Adoboli flipped his position after the CEO convinced him and others in the team to do the same.
However, the market started going down that same day, yet they kept on adding to losing positions until they couldn’t sustain the losses after amassing a total of GB£1.3 billion negative positions.
The trader later had a meeting with the bank’s management who advised him to take responsibility with a promise they will support him. They, however, reneged on that agreement after he sent email admitting guilt.
Adoboli was later charged with one count of fraud by abuse of position and one count of false accounting. Acquitted of false accounting, Adoboli was convicted of fraud.
After seven years of tough legal battle, Adoboli was finally deported on November 20, 2018
Naira Gained Slightly at I&E Forex Window to N412.81/$US
Despite the Nigerian Naira trading at a record-low across the nation’s unregulated black market, the embattled currency opened slightly higher at N412.81 to a United States Dollar on Monday at the Investors and Exporters Forex Window, representing an increase of 0.08 percent when compared to the N412.88 it closed on Friday.
The improvement in Naira value was after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed all depoisit money banks operating in the country to freeze bank accounts linked to Oniwinde Olusegun Adedotun, the founder of www.abokfx.com, a forex rate publishing platform.
Godwin Emefiele, the Governor, CBN had blamed black market and bureau de change operators for the constant plunge in Naira value against its global counterparts and insisted that forex rates remained the apex bank stipulated rates and not the unregulated rates imposed by speculators and hoarders and published to the public by Abokifx and other business platforms.
“There was a particular time I asked our colleagues to call the so-called owner of abokiFX, that we want to understand his model and how he came about advertising those rate, we find him as someone, a Nigerian who lives in England and conducts this nefarious activity on our economy.
“It is economic sabotage and we will pursue him, wherever he is, we will report him to international security agencies, we will track him, Mr Oniwinde, we will find you, because we cannot allow you to continue to conduct an illegal activity that kills our economy.” Emefiele said.
The governor further stated that the website was set up primarily manipulate and speculate forex rates. He said “they get naira loans, use to purchase dollars, take a position, change the rate over a given period, sell the dollars they purchased and make a profit, this is completely illegal, unacceptable and we will pursue them.”
On Friday, the last time Abokifx published unregulated forex rates, Naira was qouted at N570 to a United States Dollar while the British Pound and the Euro were quoted at N770 and N655, respectively.
U.S Dollar Jumps to Three Weeks High on Better Than Expected Retail Sales
The United States Dollar rose to a three-week high after data from the Commerce Department showed that the U.S retail sales rebounded in the month of August despite falling consumer confidence.
The US Dollar Index rose to 93.40 on Monday to extend Friday breakout above the 93.00 key resistance level.
U.S retail sales jumped to its highest in five months in the month of August to beat 0.8 percent decline predicted by experts. Retail sales grew by 0.7 percent in August to increase the odds of the US Federal Reserve announcing tapering during next week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.
“U.S. consumption is not slowing as quickly as it appeared a month ago despite the fading stimulus, and the Delta variant did not much affect the industries feeding into retail sales,” said Chris Low, chief economist at FHN Financial in New York. “The economy continued to hum in August.”
Against the Japanese Yen, the U.S dollar strengthened to 109.48 from 109.91 attained on Friday on broad-based selloff during London trading session, while heavy selloff plunged British pound against the U.S dollar 1.36610 before reboundling slightly to 1.36946.
The Euro dropped from 1.17883 recorded on Friday to 1.16995 on Monday during London trading session.
Naira Exchange Rates Today, Friday, September 17, 2021
Naira continued its downward trend against other currencies on Friday as it plunged to N570 against the United States Dollar at the black market. The local currency traded at N770 and N655 to British Pound and Euro, respectively.
Persistent forex scarcity amid a series of in effective policies have made access to forex impossible for most of businesses that operates in largely import dependent African biggest economy.
Nigeria’s forex reserves, the means in which the nation, service its dollar consuming 200 million population has been on a decline in recent weeks despite crude oil trading at over a year high of $73 a barrel. Some of the factors that have crippled the ability of central bank to cushion the economy with enough forex is low crude oil production, partly due to production cap, weak local manufacturing sector that has made the nation a huge import dependent economy, the ongoing crisis between herders and farmers, rising costs even with falling inflation, etc.
At the bureau de change section, Naira exchanged at N565, N775 and N655 to a United States Dollar, British Pound and Euro common currency.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had stopped the sale of forex to the bureau de change operators to plug forex leakages and curb activities of criminal elements, the decision has worsen forex availability. See other forex rates below.
Naira Black Market Exchange Rates
Morning * Midday** Evening *** Final Rates
Bureau De Change Naira Rates
Central Bank of Nigeria’s Official Naira Rates
|9/16/2021||SOUTH AFRICAN RAND||28.3101||28.3446||28.3792|
N.B: These tables are updated three times a day.
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