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Nigeria’s FX Reserves Dwindle by $1.6 Billion Amid Unification Efforts, Straining Naira

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The Central Bank of Nigeria’s directive to remove the rate cap on the naira at the official Investors and Exporters’ Window has triggered a significant decline in the country’s foreign exchange reserves.

From June 14 to December 1, 2023, the reserves have plunged by $1.6 billion from $34.62 billion to $32.97 billion.

The decision aimed at fostering a free float of the national currency against global currencies has faced challenges, leading to a weakened naira by more than 40%.

The limited capacity to earn foreign exchange from both non-oil and oil exports, coupled with increasing FX demand, has contributed to the decline, raising concerns about the nation’s economic stability.

Economists, including Obadan Mike, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, highlight the persistent pressure on foreign exchange demand amidst weak accretion to external reserves.

The fundamental issues include low productivity, inadequate export earnings, and limited foreign capital inflows.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Africa Outlook report questions Nigeria’s ability to support its exchange rate unification policy due to insufficient FX reserves.

It predicts ongoing instability, periodic devaluations, and foreign investors’ unease, indicating the need for robust measures.

While JP Morgan estimates Nigeria’s net FX reserves at $3.7 billion, the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Olayemi Cardoso, remains optimistic.

He anticipates positive economic impacts in the medium-term, driven by policies such as the removal of the petrol subsidy and the adoption of a floating exchange rate.

However, challenges persist, necessitating a careful balancing act to secure the nation’s financial stability.

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Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate Today, February 29th, 2024

As of February 29th, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,480 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

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As of February 29th, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,480 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

For those engaging in currency transactions in the Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market), buyers purchase a dollar for N1,600 and sell it at N1,590 on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024 based on information from Bureau De Change (BDC).

Meaning, the Naira exchange rate improved when compared to today’s rate below.

This black market rate signifies the value at which individuals can trade their dollars for Naira outside the official or regulated exchange channels.

Investors and participants closely monitor these parallel market rates for a more immediate reflection of currency dynamics.

How Much is Dollar to Naira Today in the Black Market?

Kindly be aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not acknowledge the existence of the parallel market, commonly referred to as the black market.

The CBN has advised individuals seeking to participate in Forex transactions to utilize official banking channels.

Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate

  • Buying Rate: N1,480
  • Selling Rate: N1,470

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Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate Today, February 28th, 2024

As of February 28th, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,600 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

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As of February 28th, 2024, the exchange rate for the US dollar to the Nigerian Naira stands at 1 USD to 1,600 NGN in the black market, also referred to as the parallel market or Aboki fx.

For those engaging in currency transactions in the Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market), buyers purchase a dollar for N1,530 and sell it at N1,520 on Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 based on information from Bureau De Change (BDC).

Meaning, the Naira exchange rate declined when compared to today’s rate below.

This black market rate signifies the value at which individuals can trade their dollars for Naira outside the official or regulated exchange channels.

Investors and participants closely monitor these parallel market rates for a more immediate reflection of currency dynamics.

How Much is Dollar to Naira Today in the Black Market?

Kindly be aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not acknowledge the existence of the parallel market, commonly referred to as the black market.

The CBN has advised individuals seeking to participate in Forex transactions to utilize official banking channels.

Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate

  • Buying Rate: N1,600
  • Selling Rate: N1,590

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Nigeria’s Move $26 Billion Through Binance in One Year

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Following the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to raise the interest rate by 400 basis points to 22.75%, the Governor of the apex bank Olayemi Cardoso has heaped the blame on activity of Nigerian on Binance.

According to the governor, Nigerians traded and moved $26 billion through Binance in the last year.

“In the case of Binance, in the last year alone, $26 billion has flowed through Binance Nigeria from sources and users that we cannot adequately identify,” he stated.

Cardoso highlighted that this activity has contributed to the nation’s widening foreign exchange rate and subsequently affected Nigeria’s economy.

He assured that the CBN would address all pending verified forex requests and emphasized the bank’s commitment to safeguarding investors’ interests.

Cardoso mentioned that the CBN is collaborating closely with relevant government agencies to prevent market manipulation and optimize its performance.

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