Naira Gained Against the US Dollar on the Parallel Market
The Nigerian Naira gained N5 against the United States dollar on Wednesday on the parallel market.
The local currency improved by N5 from N460 it traded on Tuesday to N455 on Wednesday.
However, Naira declined against both the British pound and the Euro Single currency.
Against the British pound, the Naira lost N2 from N555 it traded on Tuesday to N557, while against the Euro single currency its depreciated by N3 from N495 it was exchanged on Tuesday to N498 Wednesday.
On the Investors and Exporters Forex Window, the local currency lost 84 Kobo from N386.33 it was exchanged on Tuesday to N387.17 on Wednesday.
Activity level was largely unchanged as investors and exporters’ total turnover stood at $90.88 million, similar to the $99.9 million recorded on Tuesday.
Despite the Central Bank of Nigeria’s efforts at stabilising the local currency, scarcity amid falling foreign revenue generation continues to impact the Nigerian Naira.
The slight improvement recorded on the parallel market on Wednesday may not be unconnected to the N2.3 trillion stimulus package approved by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.
While the inflow of cheap money is likely to boost business sentiment and eventually stimulate growth, low dollar liquidity will continue to weigh on manufacturing and other key sectors that depend on importation for production.
Also, dollar illiquidity will further escalate the nation’s inflation rate given the fact that the nation import over 90 percent of its consumption.
However, the continuous rise in oil prices would support central bank efforts at reining in high forex rates but the huge production cut agreement reached by members of OPEC plus remains Nigeria and other members facing fiscal issues’s concern.
Naira remains under pressure.
Bureaux De Change Association Warns Against Hoarding of US Dollar, Says Speculators will Lose
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.
Forex Scarcity Plunges Naira to N620 Against British Pound
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.
US Dollar Gains Against the Nigerian Naira to US$/N480
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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