So far in 2019, African countries have mostly emerged as the best performing Eurobond market in the world. Nigeria is one of them.
According to Bloomberg, some of the continent’s leading economies have dominated the latest list of the best performing countries in the Eurobond space.
This is happening, just as the US Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided in January to maintain interest rate at at 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 percent. This decision had enticed “traders to buy up riskier, high-yielding assets”, even as African countries have managed to position themselves as “the place to be for emerging-market bond investors.”
Most of the best performing countries are in Africa, followed by South America, and then the Middle East. And Nigeria is among the top five performers which are – Kenya, Zambia, Argentina, Nigeria, and Angola.
“The continent’s dollar securities are outperforming those of all other regions this year as the U.S. Federal Reserve’s dovish tilt entices traders to buy up riskier, high-yielding assets.
African names dominate the list of best countries in the Eurobond space. Kenya is out in front, its debt having returned 9.9 percent, while Zambia is in second place. Oil producers including Nigeria, Angola and Gabon also feature.”
Other well performing countries on the list are – Ecuador, Papua New Ginea, Gabon, Senegal, Jordan, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon.
Already, Africa has is said to have recorded about 6.4% Eurobond gain in 2019. This is far above the average gain of 4.4% for emerging markets.
Meanwhile, reacting to this development, Egyptian billionaire and the Chairman of Orascom Telecom Media & Technology Holding S.A.E, Mr Naguin Sawiris, said he is very confident of the investment prospects in Africa this year. However, same cannot be said for Europe, which he said is a “big mess” right now.
Note that no single European country is featured on the list of Eurobond’s best performers.
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.
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.
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.
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 $1.
The green-colored trading app known for allowing local-based Nigerians to invest in stocks listed on the world’s biggest stock market (New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ) is currently offering its users a premium of more than 20% compared to the official exchange rate set by the Nigerian apex bank.
That being said, Nairametrics’s most recent research observed Chaka. ng offers the lowest exchange rate charge of N480 to 1$, 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.
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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