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Naira Improves Against the US Dollar on I&E FX Window

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Naira Gained 30 Kobo Against the US Dollar on I&E FX Window

Naira appreciated slightly on the Investors and Exporters’ foreign exchange window on Thursday, according to the FMDQ Group data.

The local currency opened the day at N386.67 to a US dollar before moderating to N385.70 per US dollar after sliding to as low as N389.75 for the day.

On Wednesday, the Naira traded at N386 to the US dollar, meaning the currency improved by 30 Kobo to N385.70 on Thursday.

This may not be unconnected to the surge in turnover for the day, the total turnover rose from $16.06 million on Wednesday to $66.61 million on Thursday.

While the Central Bank of Nigeria’s official exchange rate remains N360 to a US dollar, the rate at the black market depreciated by N2 from $453 it exchanged Thursday to N455 on Friday morning.

The Nigerian Naira was exchanged at N490 to Euro single currency on Thursday and Friday but lost N2 against the British Pound to N552 on the black market, down from the N550 it was exchanged on Wednesday after the poor inflation report.

Dollar liquidity remains an issue in Africa’s largest economy as revenue generation remains low, especially with global oil prices trading at record lows.

This, coupled with the latest production cuts agreement by OPEC plus member is expected to further hurt Nigeria’s fiscal buffer and also highlighted some of the reasons the central bank has refused to resume sales of forex to the bureau de exchange operators across the country.

Despite devaluing the nation’s currency earlier in March to curb rising forex demand and capital outflow the local currency continues to decline, forcing investors and economic experts to start adjusting their projection for additional devaluation stated in the MTEF report prepared by the ministry of finance.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Bureaux De Change Association Warns Against Hoarding of US Dollar, Says Speculators will Lose

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The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) on Sunday warned currency speculators and hoarders of impending losses if they do not desist from creating bogus foreign exchange rates for personal gain.

In a statement titled, “ABCON warns speculators will lose money as CBN has enough reserves to fund market, defend naira”, the association said speculators and hoarders are taking a huge risk as the Central Bank of Nigeria has enough liquidity to defend the Naira and maintain stability against global foreign counterparts.

This is coming few days after the local currency plunged to N484 to a United States dollar and N620 against the British Pound at the black market due to the rising demand and persistent scarcity that most hoarders interpreted as lack of financial muscle on the part of the central bank, especially if the nation’s falling foreign reserves is factored in.

However, ABCON said with about $36 billion foreign reserves, the Central Bank of Nigeria has the necessary means to punish speculators and hoarders they described as enemies of the nation.

President of ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, explained that the central bank is working to unify the nation’s foreign exchange rates and eliminate past challenges that have made market determined forex rates almost impossible.

He said “I think that the CBN by pushing the official foreign exchange rate from N306 to N379 to the dollar is in line with market demand.

“It has also helped to narrow the official-parallel market rates gap that formed the basis of ridiculous speculations among unpatriotic forex dealers and spectators.

Gwadabe, however, advised the Federal Government to improve security surveillance at the nation’s land borders to checkmate illegal foreign currency cash deals.

He also asked the central bank to raise liquidity ratio of bureau de change operators to discourage dollar holdings.

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Forex Scarcity Plunges Naira to N620 Against British Pound

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Naira Exchanges at N620 to a British Pound at Black Market

Lingering foreign exchange scarcity has plunged the Nigerian Naira to a record-low of N620 against the British Pound at the black market.

The declined by a record N14 from the N607 it exchanged to a single British Pound on Thursday to N620 on Friday, signaling rising demand for forex amid persistent scarcity.

Experts have attributed the surge in demand to the usual push for the end of the year sales by importers and businesses looking to close the sales gap created by the COVID-19 lockdown.

The local currency plunged against global counterparts by the most in recent months on Friday. The Naira declined by N13 against the European common currency to exchange at N570.

Similarly, the Naira lost another N4 against the United States dollar to exchanged at N484, further down from N480 it was sold on Thursday.

Experts are predicting further decline for the Nigerian Naira, largely due to the weak macro fundamentals, overexposure to crude oil uncertainty and US Dollar.

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US Dollar Gains Against the Nigerian Naira to US$/N480

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The United States Dollar continues its bullish run against the Nigerian Naira on the black market on Friday.

The American Dollar gained N5 against the Nigerian Naira to exchange at US$1 to N480 across key black markets in Nigeria.

The US Dollar has been on a bullish run since COVID-19 pandemic plunged oil prices and distrupted Nigeria’s foreign revenue generation at a time global supply chains were grounded and economies shut to curb the spread of ravaging COVID-19.

The Central Bank of Nigeria devalued the Naira twice to accommodate the nation’s new reality and ease pressure on the weak foreign reserves, still rising capital flight among foreign investors looking to exit the economy and weak foreign direct investment impedes the apex bank’s ability to service the economy with enough US dollar.

Therefore, persistent scarcity due CBN’s failure to supply enough liqudity in an economy that depends on import for almost 90 percent of its consumption plunged the Naira value in recent months.

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