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Fitch gives Emfiele’s signature FX Policy pass mark

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CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

After so much criticism for its forex policies from international analysts, the Central Bank of Nigeria has finally received an endorsement for one of its signature FX policies.

The latest Fitch report says that since the introduction of the foreign exchange “window” at end-April aimed at investors and exporters, liquidity in the country’s commercial banks have significantly improved.

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The window, Fitch says, has indirectly eased the liquidity pressures earlier experienced in commercial banks by boosting forex supply. The pressures had resulted in reduced imports, forcing several Nigerian banks to extend maturities on their trade finance obligations. However, with the introduction of the window, investors have been more willing to invest in Nigeria due to what they perceive as a fairer mechanism through which they can sell forex to willing buyers.

“In our opinion, NAFEX offers a more transparent alternative to accessing FC than is available through the other foreign-exchange markets in the country” the report said. Although the new rate adds to the multiplicity of rates already available, the market-determined rates of the window has led to its greater success than other windows.

According to the report, for banks, this is positive for the banks as it helps to draw funds back into the banking sector and could aid a rates convergence. With minimal interference from the CBN, Fitch believes that the window will continue to impact positively on forex liquidity in banks.

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Rate convergence

Nairametrics black market exchange rate tracker also reveals the Naira has continued to strengthen closing at N365/$1. The investor window closed at N376 on Wednesday, bringing the disparity between the black market and investor window to 3%, indicative of a rate convergence. The strengthening of the naira has also attracted comments from government officials and supporters of the CBN Governor, who believe that his policies are showing positive results.

Popular government official, Dr Joe Abah, who regularly tweets, tweeted comments suggesting that critics of Emefiele apologize to him.

 

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  1. Anodebenze

    June 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    “Makoja* so said the late osita osadebe,the delta state born musician no matter how ugly a woman is,there is a loser of a man,who will wants to go out with this ugly woman, reasoning her down below is not as ugly her face,that one day the mouth that speaks evil will one day speaks good.she may have nice butt or as Beyounce Bodilicious,her curve.it’s like in human nature.there is no perfection in life
    Carity begins at home.WHO IS FITCH OR STANDARD AND POOR.WE ALL GO BY THE GOVT BIBLE AND THE CBN OLD TESTAMENT AND THE OLD.they are the people who will makes difference in Nigeria,we feels that the govt will reduces the cost of production in Nigeria,eases the ability to do business in Nigeria.once govt do this I will listen to any body

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Currencies

Daily Parallel Market exchange rate – ₦480/$1

The US dollar closed at ₦480/US$1 in the parallel market

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Forex, NIGERIA: Daily Parallel Market, Exchange Rate

The exchange rate between the naira and the US dollar as of Monday, August 3rd 2020 closed at 480/US$1 on the parallel market. The exchange rate closed at 485/$1 on Friday 31st July 2020.

  • Naira:480
  • Dollar: $1
  • Date: August 3rd, 2020

The exchange rate between the naira and the British pound sterling closed at  ₦570/₤1 on Monday 3rd August as against ₦585/₤1  recorded on Friday 31st July 2020.

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  • Naira: ₦570
  • Pounds Sterling: ₤1
  • Date: August 3rd, 2020

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The exchange rate between the naira and the European euro closed at ₦530/€1 on Monday 3rd August 2020. The exchange rate closed at ₦520/€1 on Friday 31st July 2020.

  • Naira: ₦530
  • Euro: €1
  • Date: August 3rd, 2020

Activity: USD closed at 480/US$1 in the parallel market

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READ ALSO: The risk of buying Forex at black market rate of N460/$1 

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8/3/2020Pounds560570560570Low
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7/30/2020Euro495520500525High
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7/28/2020Dollar469475467475Low
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7/22/2020Dollar465472465472Low
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7/21/2020Dollar461472462472Low
7/21/2020Pounds560573560575Low
7/21/2020Euro498515500520Low
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7/20/2020Pounds550570555575Low
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7/14/2020Dollar448462455470Low
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7/13/2020Dollar450460448462Low
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7/10/2020Dollar453460458465Low
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Data is collated from various black market dealers on the mainland and island of Lagos State where forex is sold. The price quoted daily on this page represents the average price obtained by our Research Team. Our prices are a guide and could be slightly different from the price you get when you eventually decide to buy or sell. This is a daily tracker and updated close of business. See table below for parallel market exchange rate dating to 2019.

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Breaking: Exchange rate hits N485 at black market

The exchange rate between the naira and dollar was offered for as high as N485/$1.

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The exchange rate between the naira and dollar was offered for as high as N485/$1 as dollar scarcity hit the parallel market. A cross-section of traders contacted by Nairametrics explained that forex has been scarce which is now resulting in price volatility.

Nigerians are currently enjoying a two day Sallah Holiday.

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Volatile Market: While some traders sell for N475/$1, others sell for as high as N490/$1. Wired transfers trade is as high as N490/$1, according to our findings.

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Earlier today, the Nairametrics exchange rate tracker quoted the average price at N480/$1 down from N485/$1 quoted a day earlier. The exchange rate at AbokiFX a site that tracks exchange rate prices quotes the parallel market rate at N475/$1 if you wish to buy.

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It is also understood that some of the chances of getting the forex are actually slim despite the price volatility. Wild price swings are often symptomatic of forex scarcity. Price disparity within the black market often occurs when there is scarcity

Weak turnover at NAFEX: On Wednesday, the last trading day before the two day Sallah holiday, Nigeria’s exchange rate at the NAFEX window appreciated to N389.25 during intraday trading on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020. This represents a 25 kobo gain when compared to the N389.50 rate close that was reported on Tuesday, July 28.  The opening indicative rate was N388.61 to a dollar on Wednesday representing a 17 kobo drop when compared to the N388.44 to a dollar that was recorded on Tuesday.

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Also, forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window recorded a decline on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, as it dropped by 52.1% day on day. According to the data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ, forex turnover decreased from $39.31 million on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, to a low $18.83 million on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

FX supply at the official I&E window has fallen in recent weeks dropping to as low as $27 million compared to $47 million the week before. A total of $97 million was sold at the I&E window this week compared to $136.9 million the week before. However, the FMDQ is closed, Thursday and Friday.

Why this matters: The wider the disparity between the official rates and the black market, the more pressure the CBN is to unify the official exchange rate windows and improve suppliers. We believe a significant turning point will arise once the parallel market exchange rate hits the N500 marker.

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Wired transfers hit N477/$1 at black market

Exchange rate disparity between the parallel and black market remains as high as N85.75

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Nigeria’s exchange rate at the NAFEX window appreciated to N389.25 during intraday trading on Wednesday, July 29th 2020. In contrast, the exchange rate at the parallel market remained unchanged for the second day in a row after hitting a new low on Monday, July 27th when it closed at N475/$1.

Market Watch

Parallel Market: At the black market where forex is traded unofficially, the Naira remain unchanged for the second consecutive day against the dollar to close at N475/$1 on Wednesday, according to information from Abokifx, a prominent FX tracking website. This was the same rate that it exchanged on Tuesday, July 28. Some traders contacted by Nairametrics research also confirmed the same price as N475/$1.

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However, wired transfers cost as high as N477/$1 an additional N2 premium. Wired transfers represent non cash forex transactions between a buyer and a seller without going through the official channels. Wired transactions occur through bank accounts and usually cost more.

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NAFEX: The Naira appreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window on Wednesday, closing at N389.25/$1. This represents a 25 kobo gain when compared to the N389.50 rate close that was reported on Tuesday, July 28.  The opening indicative rate was N388.61 to a dollar on Wednesday. This represents a 17 kobo drop when compared to the N388.44 to a dollar that was recorded on Tuesday.

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The naira fell to as high as N392.50 during intraday trading before strengthening to the closed rate of N389.25. It also sold for as low as N380/$1 during intraday trading. Forex is sold at several prices during the day.

The 0.4% depreciation week on week (it was N388.5/$1 coming into last week) is perhaps attributed to the weaker forex turnover that was experienced last week.

Forex Turnover: Meanwhile, forex turnover at the Investor and Exporters (I&E) window recorded a decline on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, as it dropped by 52.1% day on day. According to the data tracked by Nairametrics from FMDQ, forex turnover decreased from $39.31 million on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, to a low $18.83 million on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

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The average forex sale for last week was as low as $27 million compared to $47 million the week before. We also noted that on no day last week did we record a sale close to or above $100 million, the first time this month. FX turnover remains subdued this week as Nigeria approaches a two-day holiday in the last two days of July.

Exchange rate disparity

The exchange rate disparity between the official NAFEX rate and the black-market rate remained wide on Tuesday staying as wide as N85.75. Nigeria maintains multiple exchange rates comprising the CBN official rate, the BDC rates, SMIS, and the NAFEX (I&E window).

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Exchange rate unification remains on the cards and yet to be implemented weeks after the central bank governor confirmed it will be executed.

The minister of Finance also admitted that Nigeria was seeking unification of its forex Windows, a move thought to be in line with the requirements from the World Bank. Nigeria is seeking a world bank loan of up to $3 billion. The country has been under pressure from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for currency reforms.

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Nigeria’s airspace remains closed to commercial international flight operations and won’t be open till October 2020. Foreign Travel has often been a source of demand for the greenback.

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The recent demand for dollars at the parallel market is thought to be fueled by speculators. The parallel market also caters to forex trades through wire transfers especially for buyers who cannot fulfil their dollar demands at the I&E window or the SMIS window. The exchange rate for wired transfer is often at a premium to the black market rate.

Forex Challenges: Last week has been one of the most challenging for the foreign exchange market as it witnessed very low liquidity. The downward slide against the greenback and some other major currencies have continued this week due to tightened liquidity in the system.

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Dollar shortages have plagued the country for some months after the crash in oil prices, Nigeria’s major foreign exchange earner, thereby shifting demand to the black market. The increasing disparity between the official rate and the black market rate will most likely encourage more speculation at the foreign exchange market.

In a bid to conserve foreign exchange, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed banks to stop processing new trade documents for importation of maize.

The gap between the official rate/NAFEX rate and the black market rate has encouraged a lot of speculation and created huge arbitrage opportunities for some connected individuals or currency speculators who might get it at the official rate.

 

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