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Naira Falls on Weak Inflation Report, CBN Policy Direction




Naira Declines on Weaker than Expected Inflation Report

The Naira declined on Wednesday against the United States dollar after a report by the National Bureau of Statistics shows the inflation rate surged to 12.40 percent in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria.

Nigerian Naira slid from N452 it exchanged to a US dollar earlier on Wednesday to N453 on the black market after the report was made public later in the day.

The local currency appreciated against the British pound by N3 to N550, better than the N553 it traded earlier on Wednesday.

Against the Euro single currency, the Nigerian Naira remained flat at N490, the same rate it was exchanged earlier on Wednesday.

On the nation’s Investors and Exporters’ Forex Window, the Naira was exchanged at N386 to a US dollar on Wednesday, the same rate it was traded on Tuesday but opened at N368.63 against the greenback on Thursday. A 0.6 percent decline from Wednesday close.

However, the local currency slid as low as N400 against the US dollar on the I&E FX window before pulling back to close at N386 on Wednesday. That was largely due to the inflation report released during the day.

A turnover of $16.06 million was registered on Wednesday, up from $15.31 million recorded on Tuesday, according to the FMDQ Group data released on Thursday morning.

The local currency declined after data shows the nation’s consumer prices are not slowing down any time soon and further highlighted the possibility of a decline in consumer spending and economic activities in the second half of the year.

This, coupled with the report that the Central Bank of Nigeria is planning to converge the nation’s exchange rate to one single rate across forex segments, created panic and likely triggers hoarding across forex markets.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.


CBN Moves Against 55 Companies, Individuals for Forex Infractions




CBN Commences Investigation into FX Activities of  55 Companies, Individuals

In an effort to ease foreign exchange pressure and better manage the dwindling foreign reserves, the Central Bank of Nigeria has intensified fight against companies and individuals taking advantage of the nation’s limited foreign reserves.

The apex bank said it has commenced investigations into the activities of 55 companies and individuals engaging in foreign exchange transactions.

The central bank attributed the reason for the investigation to foreign exchange deals outside the official Investors & Exporters (I&E) forex window.

Some of the companies being investigated are Stallion Nigeria Limited, Interswitch Nigeria Limited, as well as a leading global shipping line, CMA CGM Nigeria Shipping Limited.

Other big names on the list are Petro-Afrique Energy Services Limited, Steel Force Far East Limited, Auto Petroleum Company Limited, Cavendish Mechanicals Limited, Aquashield Oil & Marine Limited, Haitch & Elf Integrated Services Limited, Fenog Nigeria Limited, and Promasidor Nigeria Limited.

The I&E window was established to facilitate foreign exchange transactions and encourage a moderate market-determined exchange rate.

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Naira Declines to N465 Against US Dollar on Black Market



Naira Dollar Exchange Rate

Naira Falls to N465 Against US Dollar on Black Market

Nigeria’s economic uncertainties continued to weigh on the Nigerian Naira despite the Central Bank of Nigeria’s forex sale resumption.

The local currency declined by N3 from N462 a US dollar to N465 on the black market even with over $58 million injected into the forex market through the bureau de change.

Against the British Pound, Naira depreciated by N5 from N595 to N600 on Friday while it dipped by N3 against the European common currency to N548, down from N545 it traded on Thursday.

A series of weak economic fundamentals and anti-people policy continued to hurt the nation’s economic outlook and investors’ confidence.

In a recent event, the Nigerian government simultaneously raised electricity tariffs, pump prices and foreign exchange rates in an economy that depends on imports for most of its supplies.

Also, with the unemployment rate at over 27 percent, inflation rate over 13 percent and the number of companies shutting downing operation rising on a daily bases, foreign investors and even local investors are now holding back on investments needed to support the nation’s weak foreign reserves and cushion the negative effect of COVID-19.

While the exchange rates have moderated slightly from COVID-19 peak, it remains close to COVID-19 record.

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Zenith Bank Joins Other Banks to Cap International Spend Limit at $100/Month



Zenith Bank

Zenith Bank Caps International Spend Limit at $100 Per Month

Following persistent forex scarcity impacting the nation, Zenith Bank has joined other deposit money banks capping international spend limits.

In an e-mail to customers, the lender said “Please be informed that the monthly international spend limit for your Zenith Bank Naira Card has been reviewed to US$100 while the use of Zenith Bank Naira cards for international Automated Teller Machine cash withdrawals is still temporarily suspended.’

It added that this review is in response to change in Nigeria’s macroeconomic factors.

The bank, however, advised those with higher international spend requirements than the US$100 stipulated above to visit any Zenith branch and request a foreign currency debit or prepaid card “which are available in US Dollar, Pounds and Euro variants.”

This is coming a few weeks after UBA, GTBank, First Bank and others capped their international spend limits to $100 for similar reasons. However, Zenith’s decision was after the Central Bank of Nigeria commenced forex sale to the Bureau De Change Operators across the country.


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