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    How CBN rate cut is likely to affect the naira

How CBN rate cut is likely to affect the naira

Analysts and market-watchers were, in no doubt, shocked when the monetary policy committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria announced its decision to cut interest rate by 0.5% on Tuesday.After keeping the monetary policy rate at 14% for two years, the committee said it was time to signal a new direction that would be "pro-growth".While some analysts have said the [...]

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    Poll shift: Investors lose N196bn in five hours

Poll shift: Investors lose N196bn in five hours

Investors on the Nigerian Stock Exchange lost N196 billion on Monday due to profit-taking activities during the five hours of trading on the bourse.The All-Share index, which opened at 32,715.50, lost 525.43 points to close at 32,190.07 with market capitalisation closing at N12.004 trillion as against its opening N12.200 trillion.Financial analysts had predicted a sour trading day after the Independent [...]

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    Oil prices ‘may hinder naira’ from benefits of weak dollar

Oil prices ‘may hinder naira’ from benefits of weak dollar

Lukman Otunuga, FXTM research analyst, says the naira will not benefit from a weakening dollar if oil prices keep declining at an alarming rate.The dollar dropped into the negative territory on Wednesday after Jerome Powell, chairman, US Federal Reserve said that interest rates are just below neutral-- meaning that it would no longer stimulate the economy.In a market  analysis on Thursday, Otunuga [...]

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    Otunuga: Defending the naira may become a headache for CBN

Otunuga: Defending the naira may become a headache for CBN

Lukman Otunuga, FXTM research analyst, says the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may find it hard to defend the naira against an appreciating dollar, regardless of its resilience.The naira has maintained stability in the foreign exchange (forex) market owing to a series of interventions by the apex bank.In October, Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor had said the central bank prefers to save [...]

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    Otunuga: Nigeria may experience Q3 growth — despite IMF’s gloomy prediction

Otunuga: Nigeria may experience Q3 growth — despite IMF’s gloomy prediction

Lukman Otunuga, research analyst at FXTM, a firm which specialises in forex trading, says Nigeria may experience growth in the third quarter of the year, despite “gloomy predictions” made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).On Tuesday, the Bretton Woods Institution had revised Nigeria’s economic growth from 2.1 percent in 2018 to 1.9 percent, saying the country is not performing up [...]

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    INTERVIEW: Why CBN can’t cut interest rates now, by Lukman Otunuga

INTERVIEW: Why CBN can’t cut interest rates now, by Lukman Otunuga

The monetary policy committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria has kept interest rate at 14% for two years.Analysts and businesses alike have expected that the committee to cut rates and reduce the cost of borrowing.In this interview with TheCable, Lukman Otunuga, an economic analyst with FXTM, explains why the committee cannot reduce interest rates yet.TheCable: Do you think the [...]

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    Global stocks crumble on risk aversion, Pound higher

Global stocks crumble on risk aversion, Pound higher

Investors have entered the second trading quarter of 2018 on a mission to avoid riskier assets amid the escalating trade tensions between the US and China.After global equities experienced their worst three months in more than two years, retaliatory tariffs announced by China resulted in stocks suffering their worst start to April since the great depression.Asian shares were depressed during [...]

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    Dollar finds a friend in Powell as global stocks slip

Dollar finds a friend in Powell as global stocks slip

Dollar bulls were injected with a renewed sense of confidence on Tuesday after Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, struck a careful but fairly upbeat tone during his congressional testimony.Powell expressed optimism over the health of the US economy with inflation pushing towards the 2% target, while downplaying concerns of market volatility.He deftly maintained a safe distance when quizzed on whether [...]

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    World Bank: Cryptocurrencies are basically Ponzi schemes

World Bank: Cryptocurrencies are basically Ponzi schemes

Jim Yong Kim, World Bank president, says cryptocurrencies are like Ponzi schemes.Kim joined other experts who have warned against investing in it.In recent times, Bitcoin, a type of cryptocurrency, has become popular across the world."In terms of using Bitcoin or some of the cryptocurrencies, we are also looking at it, but I’m told the vast majority of cryptocurrencies are basically [...]

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    Naira untouched as stocks, crude oil record losses

Naira untouched as stocks, crude oil record losses

The naira remained stable on Tuesday despite losses recorded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and global crude oil market.The naira appreciated against the dollar to exchange at N361/$ against Monday's exchange price of N363 to the dollar.The gain can be attributed to weekly interventions by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to make forex available to various segments of the [...]

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    Bitcoin hammered by crackdown fears

Bitcoin hammered by crackdown fears

Bitcoin was the talk across financial markets for all the wrong reasons on Tuesday after prices tumbled sharply to their weakest level since early December at $11,192. Market jitters over South Korea potentially banning cryptocurrency trading has effectively eroded investor appetite for Bitcoin. With reports on a renewed crackdown on the cryptocurrency in China fueling anxiety over future restrictions, further losses could be [...]

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    Dollar bulls back in action as Gold dips

Dollar bulls back in action as Gold dips

The dollar jumped to a fresh weekly high against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday amid market optimism over the US federal reserve raising interest rates at least twice in 2018.There is a suspicion that dollar bullish investors are starting to look beyond December’s disappointing NFP headline figures, and have their sights set on wage growth which held steady at 2.5% [...]

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Global stocks mixed as holiday mood kicks in

Global equity markets struggled for direction during Wednesday’s trading session, with investors on the fence as activity continued to decelerate ahead of the upcoming Christmas holiday break. Asian shares concluded on a mixed note on Wednesday as anticipation mounted ahead of a final vote on the US tax bill. In Europe, shares were lacklustre amid the limited appetite for risk and this could trickle back into [...]

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    BoE keeps rates unchanged

BoE keeps rates unchanged

Sterling offered a fairly muted response during Thursday’s trading session after Bank of England policy makers unanimously voted to leave interest rates unchanged at 0.5% in December. Although inflation in the United Kingdom has jumped to its highest level in almost six years, it seems that the growing uncertainty over Brexit is likely to encourage the central bank to adopt a wait and [...]

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    INTERVIEW: Nigeria has borrowed enough, says FXTM researcher

INTERVIEW: Nigeria has borrowed enough, says FXTM researcher

Lukman Otunuga, a research analyst at FXTM, says Nigeria has borrowed enough in recent times and could miss the opportunity to bounce back if borrowed funds are not well utilised.The federal government through the Debt Management Office has issued various debt instruments like the Sukuk, Eurobond, savings bond and plans to float a Green bond in December.In an interview with [...]

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    Oil hits 7-week high as Nigeria agrees to cap output at 1.8mbd

Oil hits 7-week high as Nigeria agrees to cap output at 1.8mbd

Brent crude prices jump by over $2 on Tuesday following Nigeria's agreement with the Organsation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cap output at 1.8 million barrels per day.Brent, the international benchmark for crude oil was trading at $50.71 late Tuesday, after gaining about $2.11 -- the biggest daily leap in 2017.West Texas Intermediate (WTI) also gained nearly five percent [...]

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Exchange Rates

August 01, 2019USDGBPEUR
INTERBANK306397354
LAGOS362475413
KANO361474413
PH361475412
ABUJA362476413
NOTE: The black market rates represent the most prevalent. They could be slightly higher or lower among different sellers.
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