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Naira Plunges to Record Low of N470 Against US Dollar on Black Market




Naira Plunges to N470 Against US Dollar on Black Market

The Nigerian Naira plunged further against the United States dollar on the black market on Tuesday as forex scarcity persists.

The local currency depreciated to N470 a US dollar on Tuesday, its lowest in over three years. This was N5 lower than the N465 it exchanged on Monday.

Naira plunged to N460 per US dollar almost three weeks ago and has remained within that range ever since.

This, experts, attributed to the nation’s weak foreign revenue generation and economic uncertainties amid global pandemic. While the Central Bank of Nigeria has put measures in place to arrest the situation and consistently support the nation’s currency, low oil prices and weak foreign revenue generation have continued to dictate investors’ sentiment in the Nigerian market.

This lack of confidence in policy direction has resulted in low capital importation and surged in capital flight, especially those looking to move their funds to a safe haven.

Against the British Pound, the Naira slid to N570, down from N565 it Exchange on Monday and Friday.

This decline continues against the European single currency as the local currency dropped by N5 from N510 it traded on Monday to N515 on Tuesday on the black market.

On the Investors and Exporters’ Forex Window, the Naira remained flat against the US dollar. It was exchanged at N386 to a US dollar, the same rate it traded on Monday.

However, investors’ daily turnover declined from $36.28 million recorded on Monday to 12.91 million on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, OPEC has said Nigeria’s will struggle to increase economic productivity in 2020 given its rising cost of debt servicing and weak oil prices.

This, the cartel attributed to low tax revenue and huge debt servicing to revenue ratio.

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

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Forex Scarcity Weighs on Manufacturing Sector



Steel Manufacture At Evraz Plc West-Siberian Metallurgical Plant

Manufacturing Sector Suffers from Lack of Dollar Liquidity

The  Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Muda Yusuf, has said lack of dollar availability continues to weigh on the manufacturing sector in the first half of the year as the sector recorded its third consecutive month of contraction in the month of July.

According to Yusuf, several manufacturers had to source for forex on the black market, increasing scarcity on the already stressed section of the forex even more. This, other experts have blamed for the high Dollar-Naira exchange rate on the black market.

On Monday, the Naira was exchanged at N473 to a US dollar on the parallel market popularly known as the black market. The local currency gained N2 from the N475 it was exchanged before the Sallah holiday to N473 on Monday when the market opened.

“Across, practically, all sectors, we are experiencing cost escalation, loss of credit lines enjoyed from foreign creditors, forex remittance challenges and many more.  We need an urgent response from the CBN to calm the situation and restore confidence in our foreign exchange management framework,” Yusuf stated.

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry said most of its 2,000 members have been hit by the dollar shortage and wide foreign exchange rate that is presently eroding their profits.

“If the situation persists, it will lead to lay-offs. If you are not producing, there will be a shortage of goods in the market, prices will go up,” he added

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Naira Gains N2 Against US Dollar to N473 on Black Market



Naira Dollar Exchange Rate

Naira Gains Against Dollar to N473 on Black Market

The Naira gained slightly on the parallel market, popularly known as the black market, on Monday to exchange at N473 per US dollar.

The local currency traded at N475 to a US dollar on Friday before gaining N2 to N473 on Monday.

This is coming on the back of dollar scarcity caused by falling foreign reserves and low oil prices.

Against the British Pound the local currency declined by N5 from N585 it traded on Friday to N590 on Monday.

This continues against the Euro single currency as the Naira depreciated by N2 to N542, down from N540 it traded on Friday.

On the Importers & Exporters Forex window, the Nigerian Naira exchanged at N389.25 against the United States dollar, slightly below the N388.33 it opened on Monday.

Investors traded $18.83 million during the trading hours of Monday on the I&E FX window.

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s exchange rate remains N381 to a United States dollar.

The apex bank had adjusted the local currency foreign exchange rate twice in the last few months to ease the pressure on the nation’s dwindling foreign reserves.

Still, the inability of the apex bank to improve the supply of the US dollar into the economy continues to weigh on the Naira value and general economic activities.

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Naira Plunges to N475 Against US Dollar on Black Market




Naira Falls to N475 Against US Dollar on Black Market

The Nigerian Naira continues to fall against its global counterparts despite efforts to prop up the local currency value.

The local currency plunged by N3 from N472 it exchanged against the US dollar on Friday to N475 on Monday on the black market. Its lowest in over four years.

This continues against the British pound as the Naira lost N2 to N584, further down from N582 it was sold on Friday.

Against the Euro single currency, the Naira lost N5 from N530 it was traded on Friday to N535 on Monday.

On the Investors and Exporters Forex window, the Naira plunged from N381 per US dollar stipulated by the Central Bank of Nigeria to N389.25/$.

Investors traded $38.86 million on Monday, representing more than 100 percent increase from $12.61 million it traded on Friday.

Lack of dollar liquidity due to falling foreign reserves and low oil prices continues to dictate the Nigerian Naira value.

As stated on this platform, the central bank is gradually losing its power to defend the Naira at the current rate to the US dollar and other global currencies. This was why the currency was devalued twice in the last five months to better accommodate changes in macroeconomic data.

This we expect to continue, especially without COVID-19 cure and rising global uncertainty due to the US-China trade conflict.

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