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January Bonds Auction: DMO allots N116.99 billion to bidders

The DMO allotted the sum of N116.98bn to some 109 individuals whose bids were successful during the the Federal Government’s January 2019 bonds auction.

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Debt Management Office

Nigeria’s Debt Management Office, DMO, said it has allotted the sum of N116.98 billion to some 109 individuals whose bids were successful during the Federal Government’s January 2019 bonds auction.

A statement published Wednesday on the agency’s website disclosed that although the initial value of the bonds was N150 billion, over N197 billion worth of subscriptions were received from investors; indicating 131% over-subscription rate.

Despite the over-subscription, the Debt Management Office said it acted “in accordance with its policy of keeping the Government’s borrowing costs at prudent levels” by choosing to allot a total of N116.98 billion.

Breaking down the subscriptions

Note that there were three categories of bonds issued in January, the duration periods of which ranged from five, seven, and ten years.

Most investors preferred the ten-year bond which received a subscription level of 299%.

“At the first FGN Bond Auction for 2019 on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, the Debt Management Office (DMO) offered 3 instruments with total value of N150 billion. Total subscriptions from investors for the bonds was over N197 billion, indicating a subscription level of 131%.

Successful bids were allotted at the rate of 15.20% for the 5-year, 15.25% for the 7-year and 15.35% for the 10-year bonds. The rates for the allotments were consistent with the yields in the secondary market.”– DMO

About the FGN Bonds and the DMO

The Federal Government of Nigeria, through its Debt Management Office, offers monthly sovereign bonds to the investing public in efforts to regulate and maintain benchmark for corporate bonds issuance, support the local bond market, and most importantly, raise capital for the funding of budget deficits.

The Debt Management Officer, DMO, was established in 2000 and charged with the responsibility of managing the country’s debts, albeit in a centrally coordinated manner. Prior to the establishment of the DMO, the management of Nigeria’s debts was said to have been managed by different agencies, making the process somewhat uncoordinated.

Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs.He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor.Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan.If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Twitter CEO auctions his first-ever tweet on Twitter, bidding at $2.5 million

Jack Dorsey is auctioning his first-ever tweet on a website that sells tweets as non-fungible tokens.

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Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey is auctioning his first-ever tweet on Twitter “just setting up my twttr” on a website that sells tweets as non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The tweet was listed for sale on ‘Valuables by Cent’ – a tweets marketplace that was launched three months ago. The tweet was first made in March 2006

The tweet received offers as high as $88,888.88 within minutes of Jack tweeting a link to the listing on” Valuables by Cent” on Friday.

Currently, bidding has reached $2.5 million (€2.1 million) indicating the potential in selling virtual objects that have been authenticated through blockchain technology.

The highest bid for the tweet — $2.5 million — came from Bridge Oracle CEO Sina Estavi. It topped cryptocurrency pioneer, Justin Sun’s $2 million bid.

The final buyer of the tweet will receive a certificate, digitally signed and verified by Jack Dorsey, as well as the metadata of the original tweet. The data will include information such as the time the tweet was posted and its text contents. Most of this information, however, is already publicly available.

According to Valuables by Cent’s terms, 95% of a tweet’s sale will go to the original creator while the remainder will go to the website.

What you should know

  • NFTs is a unique digital certificate that states who owns a photo, video, or other forms of online media.
  • Dorsey’s 15-year-old tweet is one of the most famous tweets ever on the platform.
  • Bidding had reached $2.5 million (€2.1 million) on Saturday, indicating the potential in selling virtual objects that have been authenticated through blockchain technology.
  • More people are currently bidding their tweets on the platform.

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Stock Market

Bamboo’s current rate for buying U.S Stocks weakens to N492/$1

Bamboo is currently offering its users a premium of more than 20% compared to the official exchange rate.

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The fast-rising Nigerian stock broking application, Bamboo, is currently offering an exchange rate of N492 to the dollar.

About two weeks ago,  the Nigerian stock trading app offered an exchange rate of about N484 to $1.

The green-colored trading app known for allowing local-based Nigerians to invest in stocks listed on the world’s biggest stock market (New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ) is currently offering its users a premium of more than 20% compared to the official exchange rate set by the Nigerian apex bank.

READ: Nigerian Bitcoin P2P surges by 15% since CBN Crypto ban

That being said, Nairametrics’s most recent research observed Chaka. ng offers the lowest exchange rate charge of N480 to 1$, other Nigerian-based stock trading apps that include Trove and Risevest currently offer their clients N491.68 and N486 to $1 respectively.

In addition, other leading fintech platforms reviewed by Nairametrics also presently offer exuberant rates as high as about N519 to a dollar, thereby adding more transaction costs on a significant number of Nigerians hoping to trade such financial assets.

A growing number of Nigerians are currently increasing their exposure to the U.S stock market taking to the current bearish trend that is being witnessed in the Nigerian Equity market and growing urge in hedging against the weakening local currency.

Consequently, a lot of Nigerians are flocking the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on the account it has about 2,800 companies listed, while the NASDAQ has about 3,300 stocks listed. This gives Nigerian investors numerous options where they can invest their money. It is also why the US economy attracts billions of dollars in portfolio investments annually.

READ: Many Nigerians are trooping into foreign stock markets

Bamboo is an investment platform that gives Africans real-time access to invest in or trade over 3,500 stocks listed on the American and Nigerian exchanges right from their smartphones or personal computer.

In partnership with US-based Drive Wealth LLC, Bamboo provides seamless, secure access to US and Nigerian securities.

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