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Forex Scarcity Drags Naira Further Down to N480 Against US Dollar

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Naira Dips to N480 Against US Dollar

Low foreign exchange continues to weigh on Nigerian Naira on the parallel market popularly known as Black Market.

The local currency declined by N5 from N475 it exchanged on Monday to N480 on Tuesday as forex scarcity dictates the value of Nigerian Naira.

Nigeria’s low foreign revenue generation amid dwindling foreign reserves has disrupted economic activities and impeded manufacturers and other business owners from accessing forex for raw materials or importation of manufacturing components.

Against the British Pound, the local currency depreciated by N5 from N605 it traded on Monday to N610 on Tuesday, further highlighting Nigeria’s precarious position.

In July, JPMorgan pointed to chronic forex shortage in Africa’s largest economy, claiming the Central Bank of Nigeria has over $5 billion forex backlog despite its weak foreign reserves and low oil price.

The central bank has always supported the Naira value by constantly injecting forex into the foreign exchange market to boost available liquidity and deepen economic activities. However, low foreign revenue generation due to low demand for oil and the weak oil price has disrupted the apex bank intervention power.

Naira traded at N550 to the European single currency on the black market on Tuesday, down from N480 it was exchanged a few weeks ago.

The inability of businesses to access forex in an economy that depends on importation for most of its consumption has stalled business activities and plunged job creation.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the unemployment rate rose to 27.1 percent or 21.8 million people in the second quarter. The same NBS on Monday reported a further increase in the inflation rate from 12.56 percent in June to 12.82 percent in July.

The persistent increase in price is expected to negatively impact consumer spending, disrupt the retail sector and hurt the economy.

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Black Market Dollar (USD) to Naira (NGN) Exchange Rate Today 28th May 2024

The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of May 28th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,510.

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The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of May 28th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,510.

Recent data from Bureau De Change (BDC) reveals that buyers in the Lagos Parallel Market purchased a dollar for ₦1,520 and sold it at ₦1,510 on Monday, May 27th, 2024.

This indicates an improvement in the Naira exchange rate when compared to today’s rate.

The black market rate plays a crucial role for investors and participants, offering a real-time reflection of currency dynamics outside official or regulated exchange channels.

Monitoring these rates provides insights into the immediate value of the Naira against the dollar, guiding decision-making processes for individuals and businesses alike.

It’s important to note that while the black market offers valuable insights, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not officially recognize its existence.

The CBN advises individuals engaging in forex transactions to utilize official banking channels, emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulatory frameworks.

How much is dollar to naira today in the black market

For those navigating the currency exchange landscape, here are the latest figures for the black market exchange rate:

  • Buying Rate: ₦1,510
  • Selling Rate: ₦1,500

As economic conditions continue to evolve, staying informed about currency exchange rates empowers individuals to make informed financial decisions. While the black market provides immediate insights, adherence to regulatory guidelines ensures stability and transparency in forex transactions.

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Black Market Dollar (USD) to Naira (NGN) Exchange Rate Today 27th May 2024

The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of May 27th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,520.

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The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of May 27th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,520.

Recent data from Bureau De Change (BDC) reveals that buyers in the Lagos Parallel Market purchased a dollar for ₦1,490 and sold it at ₦1,480 on Friday, May 24th, 2024.

This indicates a decline in the Naira exchange rate when compared to today’s rate.

The black market rate plays a crucial role for investors and participants, offering a real-time reflection of currency dynamics outside official or regulated exchange channels.

Monitoring these rates provides insights into the immediate value of the Naira against the dollar, guiding decision-making processes for individuals and businesses alike.

It’s important to note that while the black market offers valuable insights, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not officially recognize its existence.

The CBN advises individuals engaging in forex transactions to utilize official banking channels, emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulatory frameworks.

How much is dollar to naira today in the black market

For those navigating the currency exchange landscape, here are the latest figures for the black market exchange rate:

  • Buying Rate: ₦1,520
  • Selling Rate: ₦1,510

As economic conditions continue to evolve, staying informed about currency exchange rates empowers individuals to make informed financial decisions. While the black market provides immediate insights, adherence to regulatory guidelines ensures stability and transparency in forex transactions.

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CBN Revamps Regulatory Guidelines for Bureau De Change Operators

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has initiated a comprehensive overhaul of regulatory guidelines governing Bureau De Change (BDC) operators.

Following extensive consultations with stakeholders, the CBN has introduced a series of pivotal changes aimed at enhancing the efficiency and transparency of BDC operations across the country.

Key among the reforms is the removal of the mandatory caution deposit previously set at N200 million for tier-1 BDC license holders, as well as the waiver of the N50 million deposit requirement for tier-2 license holders.

This move is expected to alleviate the financial burden on BDCs and enable them to allocate resources more effectively.

Furthermore, the non-refundable annual license renewal fee, which previously amounted to N5 million for tier-1 BDCs and N1 million for tier-2 BDCs, has been withdrawn.

This adjustment seeks to streamline the regulatory framework and eliminate unnecessary financial obligations for BDC operators.

Haruna Mustafa, Director of the Financial Policy and Regulation Department at the CBN, emphasized the importance of these changes in optimizing BDC operations and fostering financial inclusivity.

Mustafa underscored the need for existing BDCs to reapply for licenses based on their preferred tier or license category, as outlined in the revised guidelines.

Also, new license applicants must adhere to the specified conditions for their chosen BDC category.

Existing BDCs are required to meet the minimum capital requirements for their selected license category within six months from the effective date of the guidelines, ensuring a smooth transition to the new regulatory framework.

In alignment with market needs and regulatory standards, the guidelines have also been updated to revise permissible activities for BDCs.

These revisions aim to enhance market efficiency and ensure compliance with corporate governance requirements, as well as anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and counter-proliferation financing provisions.

The CBN has announced that the receipt and processing of license applications will commence from the effective date of the guideline.

Interested applicants are directed to submit the necessary information electronically to bdclicense@cbn.gov.ng, including the name of the promoter, name of the proposed BDC, email address, and phone number of the promoter.

These comprehensive guidelines replace the previous operational guidelines issued in November 2015 and underscore the CBN’s commitment to fostering a robust and transparent forex market.

The Regulatory and Supervisory Guidelines for BDC Operations are scheduled to take effect from June 3, 2024, signaling a new era for BDC operators in Nigeria.

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