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Naira Appreciates Against Dollar, Pounds, Euro

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The Nigerian Naira appreciated against the United States Dollar on Monday at the official foreign exchange market managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The Dollar to Naira exchange rate improved by 0.14 percent to N416.31 from N416.91 it was exchanged on Friday.

While the Naira remained under pressure as uncertainty surrounding Nigeria’s economic fundamentals deepened, the local currency gained against the British Pounds to N562.56. Similarly, the Naira improved against the Euro common currency from N474.99 on Friday to N470.85 on Monday.

At the Investors and Exporters Forex section, the Naira opened the week at N415.76 to a United States Dollar but closed at N416.67 against the greenback, representing a decline of 0.16 percent. Traders at that section of forex transacted $76.78 million in forex value on Monday.

Naira to Dollar Exchange Rate at Black Market

The Naira remained weak at the unregulated forex market called the parallel market but popularly known as the black market. Forex traders sold $1 between N575 to N576, according to traders at that section of forex. The CBN has warned Nigerians against patronising the black market and blamed black market operations for the nation’s forex challenges.

Crude Oil

Brent crude oil, the global benchmark for Nigerian oil, dropped from its seven-year high on Tuesday to $93.58 a barrel as at 1:13 pm Nigerian time on reports that Russian soldiers have started returning to base from the border the country shared with Ukraine.

The United States had raised alarm that Russia planned to attack Ukraine this week and immediately called on all its citizens in Ukraine to return home.  Australia, the UK, the Netherland, etc follow suit.

Brent crude oil rose to $96.73 per barrel, its highest in seven years on Monday when oil traders and investors started projection disruption of global oil supply in an already tight oil market.

“There are no prizes for guessing the driving force behind this bout of volatility,” said Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM. “The Russia-Ukraine crisis has put the energy market on high alert for possible disruptions of Russian energy supplies.”

Cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency space opened in red today on the news that Russia has started considering de-escalation as stated by President Joe Biden. Experts had predicted that the Russia-Ukraine crisis would help ease the projected decline in cryptocurrencies values peradventure the Federal Reserve decides to raise interest rates on Wednesday.

However, with Russian soldiers now returning to base, the market has resumed its bearish run and could drop even further if the Fed moved tomorrow or sounds strongly hawkish to curb escalating inflation.

 

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Dollar to Naira Today Monday, 15 August 2022

Dollar to Naira exchange rate stood at N670 on Monday at the parallel market as scarcity remained an issue amid rising demand

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Dollar to naira today – Dollar to Naira exchange rate stood at N670 on Monday at the parallel market popularly known as the black market as scarcity remained an issue amid rising demand.

The Naira exchange rate to U.S. Dollar improved from N700 recorded last week to N670 today, Monday 15th August 2022. Dollar to Naira today rate is over 50 percent higher than the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Dollar to Naira Today Black Market

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) Black Market Exchange Rate Today
Buying Rate 650
Selling Rate
670

Several experts have attributed the decline to a series of factors peculiar to the Nigerian economy. According to Mr. Jimi Ogbobine, Head of Consulting at Agusto Consulting, the wide exchange rate is as a result of supply challenges in the foreign exchange market.

He explained that this happened whenever demand across key exchange sections is higher than forex supply.

“The recent jump we are seeing is basically a result of a supply crisis in the forex market. The foundation of all of these is demand versus supply and when demand outweighs supply you will see this kind of currency depreciation,” he stated.

“If the central bank was able to meet forex demand, then we will not see this kind of price distortion. On one end, Nigeria is not able to meet forex supply and on the other end we are trying to restrict and constrict demand which means that quite a number of legitimate requests for forex are now being diverted to the parallel market.

“So, while the official market seems relatively calm, the reality of the supply shortage is playing out in the parallel market where more legitimate request for forex is being diverted to because the official market is not able to demand.”

Dollar to Naira Today Official Market

At the Investors and Exporters (I&E) forex window, the Nigerian Naira opened on at N429.67 against the United States Dollar and closed at N429.62 on Friday.

Forex trader at the window transacted $46.31 million forex value on Friday.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) adoped the I&E forex window as its official forex window to converge the nation’s exchange rates in accordance with the World Bank demand.

Dollar to Naira Today CBN Rates

As of Friday, the CBN bought the U.S. Dollar at N418.89 and sold the American currency at a difference of N1 for N419.89 per U.S. Dollar.

The Pounds Sterling was purchased at N508.7419 per unit and sold at N506.9564. The Euro common currency was exchanged as shown below.

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Dollar to Naira Today Monday, 8 August 2022

The Naira was exchanged at N700 for a United States Dollar at the black market while operators of that section of forex bought the U.S. Dollar at N680.

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Dollar to naira today – the exchange rate of the U.S Dollar to the Nigerian Naira today Monday 8 August 2022 remained high in Nigeria’s unregulated foreign exchange market popularly known as the black market.

The Naira was exchanged at N700 for a United States Dollar at the black market while operators of that section of forex bought the U.S. Dollar at N680.

Dollar to Naira Today Black Market

Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN) Black Market Exchange Rate Today
Buying Rate 680
Selling Rate 700

Nigeria’s persistent Dollar scarcity amid rising demand continued to dictate the nation’s exchange rate. In recent weeks, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has linked the situation to activities of bureau de change operators and politicians reportedly buying and hoarding dollars ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Dollar to Naira Today Official Market

At the Investors and Exporters (I&E) forex window, the Nigerian Naira opened the day at N428.12 to a United States Dollar. An improvement from N429 it opened on Friday.

On Friday, currency traders transacted $71.92 million in forex value.

The CBN adopted the I&E rate as its official rate and launched a Naira4Dollar scheme to lure exporters, repatriating export proceeds, to the window to exchange foreign earnings at CBN stipulated rate.

Still, activity in that section of foreign exchange remained low as exporters are yet to fully embrace the Naira4Dollar initiative or understand why they should ignore N700/US$1 of the black market for N428.12/US$1 plus N5 per dollar repatriated and sold at I&E window.

Dollar to Naira Today CBN Rates

As of Friday, the CBN bought the U.S. Dollar at N417.47 and sold the American currency at a difference of N1 for N418.47 per U.S. Dollar.

The Pounds Sterling was purchased at N508.0226 per unit and sold at N506.8086. The Euro common currency was exchanged as shown below.

 

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Naira Declines to N417.19 Against the U.S. Dollar at CBN Forex Section

The Nigerian Naira declined further against the United States Dollar at the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) section of foreign exchange on Wednesday.

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The Nigerian Naira declined further against the United States Dollar at the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) section of foreign exchange on Wednesday.

The local currency lost N0.29 or 0.07% against the American Dollar to exchange at N417.19. On Monday, the apex bank sold the U.S. Dollar at N416.9 to Deposit Money Banks (CBN), Investors King‘s research has shown.

But growing economic uncertainties amid the recent rate increase, high dollar demand by both politicians and genuine businesses looking to import raw materials, and weak economic fundamentals have plunged the Naira to N417.19 against its global counterpart.

In the unregulated black market, the Naira remained under pressure as it was exchanged at N630, a much-improved rate when compared to N750 it traded about a week ago.

Despite the apex bank discouraging patronage at that section of forex, Nigerians in need of forex have continued to patronise the black market. Most of them claimed the Deposit Money Banks mandated by the CBN to sell to them are merely collecting Dollar request forms without sales.

At the Investors & Exporters (I&E) forex window, the story is not any different as the local currency shed N0.29, or 0.34% from N427.90 it opens the day against the United States Dollar to close at N429.20. Investors and exporters at the I&E forex window transacted $123.78 million worth of dollars on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the President of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, in an interview on Saturday, called on the CBN to abolish the official pegged exchange rate and allow the forces of demand and supply to determine an appropriate exchange rate for the Naira.

He said “It might sound counterintuitive but the way out of the current frenzy is to abolish the official fixed exchange rate and allow the Naira to float.

“CBN should contemporaneously undertake a large-scale dollar intervention in the open market that can inspire confidence in the Naira and checkmate the current tailspin.

“Once there is a significant positive movement, the market will react and, in all probability, spur an avalanche of panic selling and further buoy the Naira,” Gwadabe said.

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