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Daily Naira Exchange Rates; Friday December 18, 2020

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Naira exchange rate to the United States Dollar improved by N1 to N477, better than the N478 it exchanged on Thursday.

Daily Naira Black Market Exchange Rates

Morning * Midday** Evening ***

Date USD GBP EURO YUAN Canadian Australian
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
18/12/2020 472/477 622/630 570/577 55/68 340/362 250/295
17/12/2020 472/478 623/633 570/577 55/68 340/362 250/295
16/12/2020 472/476 620/627 570/576 55/68 340/362 250/295
15/12/2020 470/475 615/628 570/580 55/68 340/362 250/295
14/12/2020 470/475 620/628 570/580 55/68 340/362 250/295
11/12/2020 470/475 615/625 570/580 50/65 340/362 245/293
10/12/2020 470/476 612/624 567/577 50/65 330/362 245/293
09/12/2020 470/478 610/620 560/570 50/70 330/362 245/294
08/12/2020 470/483 610/620 560/570 50/70 330/362 245/293
07/12/2020 470/482 610/615 560/570 50/70 330/362 245/293
04/12/2020 465/475 615/625 560/570 50/70 330/362 245/293

 Bureau De Exchange Naira Rates

Date USD GBP EURO
NGN BUY/SELL BUY/SELL BUY/SELL
18/12/2020 460/475 620/630 568/577
17/12/2020 460/475 618/633 565/580
16/12/2020 460/480 618/633 565/580
15/12/2020 460/480 615/630 565/580
14/12/2020 460/477 615/630 565/580
12/12/2020 460/480 610/630 550/580
11/12/2020 450/480 600/630 550/580
10/12/2020 450/480 600/630 550/580
09/12/2020 450/480 600/630 550/580
08/12/2020 440/480 565/635 530/582
07/12/2020 440/480 565/630 530/582
04/12/2020 440/480 565/630 530/580

Central Bank of Nigeria Naira Exchange Rates

Date Currency Buying(NGN) Central(NGN) Selling(NGN)
12/17/2020 US DOLLAR 379 379.5 380
12/17/2020 POUNDS STERLING 516.0464 516.7272 517.408
12/17/2020 EURO 463.8202 464.4321 465.044
12/17/2020 YEN 3.6778 3.6827 3.6875
12/17/2020 CFA 0.6824 0.6924 0.7024
12/17/2020 WAUA 544.2773 544.9954 545.7134
12/17/2020 YUAN/RENMINBI 57.9963 58.0732 58.1502
12/17/2020 RIYAL 101.0236 101.1568 101.2901
12/17/2020 DANISH KRONA 62.3253 62.4075 62.4897
12/17/2020 SDR 545.002 545.721 546.44

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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Naira Hits N502 Against U.S Dollar at the Black Market

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Persistent dollar scarcity amid devaluation and economic uncertainties plunged the Nigerian Naira to N502 per U.S Dollar at the parallel market, popularly known as the black market.

The local currency traded at N715 to a British Pound and N605 to a Euro on Wednesday morning.

At the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Rate Fixing Methodology (NAFEX), the Naira opened at N411.15 to a United States Dollar before dropping to as low as N421.96 and eventually closing at N411.5.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had adopted the NAFEX rate as the nation’s official rate when it became clear that the apex can no long sustain Naira’s fixed-rate amid dwindling foreign reserves and weak revenue generation.

The NAFEX rate, popularly known as the Investors and Exporters Forex Window, was quoted as N410.15 to a United States Dollar on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 on the central bank’s official website.

The apex bank decision to devalue the Naira despite the ongoing economic challenges in Africa’s largest economy was because of the pressure from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, demanding the federal government to allow forces of demand and supply to determine the naira exchange rate against pegged Naira-USD rate.

However, with the Federal Government looking for approval from the two multilateral institutions for fresh loans, it became necessary to enforce those demands before new loan applications could be approved.

The World Bank raised Nigeria’s growth rate from 1.1 percent to 1.8 percent in 2021, saying a series of structural reforms and market-determined exchange rates will help boost economic activities.

Also, oil prices were projected to remain high in the near term.

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Naira Official Exchange Rate Improves to N410/$1

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The Nigerian Naira improved slightly against the United States Dollar to N410 on Thursday, according to the latest update on the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The apex bank had listed the Naira-US Dollar exchange rate at N410.25 to a United States Dollar on Wednesday following the adoption of the NAFEX rate as the official rate.CBN Official Forex Rate - Investors King

However, on Thursday the now official rate has been updated to N410 per U.S Dollar, indicating an improvement of N0.25 from N410.25 on Wednesday.CBN Official Forex Rate - Investors King

 

On the NAFEX – FMDQ Group managed window, the local currency closed at N411 to a United States Dollar on Friday, against the N411.50 it exchanged on Thursday.

At the parallel market, popularly known as the black market, the Naira exchanged at N495/$, and N690 and N595 to a British Pound and Euro, respectively.

The Naira plunged against global counterparts immediately the apex bank adopted the NAFEX rate and devalued the Naira by another N31 from N379/$1.

Experts have criticised the move, saying the decision will drag on the nation’s economic productivity and worsen the fragile state of the ongoing economic recovery.

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Naira Approaches N500/$1 at Black Market Following Devaluation

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The Nigerian Naira plunged to N493 against the United States Dollar on Wednesday at the parallel market, popularly known as the black market, following the Central Bank of Nigeria‘s decision to devalue the local currency again.

The apex bank had replaced the official exchange rate of N379/$1 with NAFEX rate of over N410/$1 to further unify the nation’s foreign exchange rates and ease the pressure on dwindling foreign reserves.

While criticism trailed the decision given the current situation in the country, persistent dollar scarcity occasioned by weak foreign revenue, speculators and hoarders that operates at the nation’s black market section of the forex plunged the Naira against global counterparts on Wednesday.

Against the British Pound, the Naira traded at N688 and N592 to a single Euro.

At the NAFEX window, the local currency exchanged at N411.50 to a United States Dollar. Investors traded $471.85 million during the trading hours of Wednesday.

Weak foreign revenue generation amid fragile growth and escalating inflation rate continues to hurt the Nigerian Naira and the central bank’s ability to defend the embattled local currency.

According to the monetary policy committee, even though “the economy had successfully exited the recession, the recovery was very fragile given that the GDP of 0.51 per cent was still far below population growth rate. Committee, therefore, was of the view that, there is a strong need for the Monetary Authorities to consolidate on all administrative measures taken not only to rein in inflation, but also on the actions so far taken to grow output.”

The committee left interest unchanged to stimulate growth and said the measures put in place by the central bank will help ease rising inflation as seen in April.

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