- Goldman Sachs Sees Weak Dollar As Economies Reopen
Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s leading investment banks, has started taking short positions on the US dollar as more economies reopen for business.
In a note issued over the weekend, Goldman Sachs said shorting the US dollar looks attractive against certain currencies.
According to the investment bank, reopening economies would lure people out of haven currencies, especially with limited evidence of new COVID-19 infection rates and encouraging policy actions in Europe.
In particular, the bank predicted that Norwegian Krone will outperform during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, suggested shorting US/NOK pair with a take profit target at 8.75 krone to the US dollar but advised to get out if the European currency depreciated to 10.25 against the greenback.
Short selling a currency involves borrowing that currency, selling it at the current market price and then waiting for the price to fall in order to buy the currency back at a lower price and return the loan. The short seller therefore profits if the currency depreciates over that time period.
“(Norway’s) demographics and domestic medical infrastructure make it better equipped for the outbreak than many other countries, and its strong fiscal position puts it at a distinct advantage,” Goldman analysts, led by co-heads of global foreign exchange, Zach Pandl and Kamakshya Trivedi, said in the note on Sunday.
“While others are forced to either limit their fiscal policy support or dramatically increase borrowing—both potentially currency negatives—Norway is able to repatriate funds from its investments abroad (today, Norway announced that it will increase daily transactions even further, from NOK 2.1bn to NOK 2.3bn), helping support the economy and the currency.”
A technical look into the pair shows a sustainable break of the descending trendline (bullish wedge) is necessary to valid bearish continuation while a break below 9.4 support level that doubled as the top of March gap as shown above is imperative for 8.75 support levels predicted by the investment bank.
Ecobank Nigeria Received N50 billion 10-Year Bilateral Subordinated Loan
Ecobank Nigeria announced it has received N50 billion 10-year subordinated Loan.
Adenike Laoye, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Ecobank Nigeria, disclosed this in a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
The statement read in part, “The bilateral funding provides stable medium-term liquidity to the balance sheet of Ecobank Nigeria and positively improved its balance sheet ratios, especially the capital adequacy ratio by circa 300 basis points.
“The transaction proceeds would be deployed to support Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (“MSMEs”) and Small Corporates.”
Niger Insurance to Sell Property Worth N15bn in Recapitalisation Move
Niger Insurance Plc said it is working on a plan to sell off N15 billion worth of real estate and investment property to boost its cash flow and meet the liquidity requirements of the insurance industry.
Mr. Edwin Egbiti, the Managing Director of the company disclosed this during the company’s 2019 annual general meetings held virtually in Lagos recently.
He said, “Subsequent to the requisite approvals of the board on behalf of shareholders, a number of the company’s real estate and investment property valued at N15bn have been put on sale in order to improve liquidity/cash flows, ensure reserve adequacy and improve solvency margins.
“We are encouraged by the progress made so far, and confident that both capital restructuring and recapitalisation efforts will be successful in line with National Insurance Commission’s regulatory timelines.”
It added that Niger Insurance recognised that its people were the company’s most critical assets without whom its goals and plans would remain elusive.
AMCON Takes Over Inducon Nigeria’s Assets Over N1.3 Billion Debt
The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria has taken over the assets of Dr. John Abebe, the Chief Promoter of Inducon Nigeria Limited over N1.3 billion debt.
According to a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications Department, AMCON, Jude Nwauzor, and titled ‘N1.3bn debt: AMCON takes over assets of Inducon Nigeria Limited’ the decision followed the order of Honourable Justice Aikawa of the Federal High Court, Lagos.
“In compliance with the enforcement order, AMCON at the weekend took effective possession of the property situate at Plot12, Block 108, Lekki Peninsula Residential Scheme, Lagos, through its debt recovery agent – Ogunsola Shonibare L.P.
“The court also ordered that the bank accounts of the company and its directors, Dr. John Abebe, Mr Olawole Fatimilehin and Ademola Buraimoh, be frozen pending the final determination of the suit.”
The asset management corporation said the case of Dr. John Abebe and Inducon Nigeria Limited started shortly after the loan was procured by AMCON in 2011 during the first phase of Eligible Bank Asset purchases from the defunct FinBank, Now FCMB.
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