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Naira Plunges to N621 at Black Market

The Nigerian Naira remained under pressure at the unregulated parallel market popularly known as the black market on Tuesday.

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The Nigerian Naira remained under pressure at the unregulated parallel market popularly known as the black market on Tuesday. The Naira exchanged at N621 to a United States Dollar amid persistent foreign exchange scarcity.

At the Investors and Exporters’ forex window, the local currency dropped to N425.75 against the United States Dollar after opening the day at N422.25/US$1 on Monday. Forex traders in that segment of the forex market transacted $47.56 million in value and volume, Investors King reports.

However, Naira improved slightly against the U.S Dollar at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) forex section. Naira exchange rate to dollar improved marginally from N415.86/US$ to N415.8.

Against the Pounds Sterling, the Nigerian Naira declined in value to N505.6544 from N500.6539. Similarly, against the European common currency, the local currency dipped slightly in value from N434.0331 to N434.7605.

Crude Oil

Oil prices dropped by $6 on Tuesday as concerns over the global recession containing demand outweighed supply concerns.

Brent crude oil, the international benchmark for Nigerian oil, declined by $6.65 to $106.85 a barrel while the U.S. West Texas Crude Oil lost $5.65 to $102.78 a barrel.

“Oil is still struggling to break out from its current recessionary malaise as the market pivots away from inflation to economic despair,” Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management wrote.

Crude oil remains an important commodity for the Nigerian economy given its nature as a mono-product economy. Africa’s largest economy relies on crude oil revenue to service its economy and sustain its currency value against its global counterparts.

However, the inability to prop up crude oil production despite the increase in oil prices continued to hurt Nigeria’s foreign reserves and the availability of dollars in the economy. Hence, the Nigerian Naira is presently trading at a record low of N621 to a United States Dollar.

Cryptocurrency Exchange Rates

Global economic uncertainty ahead of the projected recession continues to dictate the performance of the cryptocurrency space in recent weeks.

Bitcoin extended its decline by 2.37% in the last 24 hours to $19,387.33 per coin. ETH, a token of the Ethereum protocol, lost 3.09% of its value to $1,079 a coin.

Meanwhile, Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has suspended its cryptocurrency project called Libra.  Celsius, a cryptocurrency lender, has paused withdrawals and announced plans to cut 150 jobs.

Cryptocurrency space market value dropped from over $2.5 trillion at its peak to about $900 million presently. The huge decline forced several players to cut losses and halt capital inflow into the cryptocurrency space.

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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