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Naira falls to N1,410 /$1 at black market

by Azeez Buki
Naira rises against dollar

The end to the helpless fall of the naira seems far as Nigeria’s currency fell to record low of N1,410 to $1 at the black market on Thursday.

On the peer to peer segment, especially on the centralised exchanges such as Binance, the naira exchanged for even lower value of N1,420 for stablecoin USDT which has same value as the US dollar.

According to reports, the fall of the naira followed a strong demand of the dollar at the black market.

The fall represents 3.29% or N45.00 weaker than N1,365 recorded at the close of trading on Wednesday.

The observed depreciation is unparalleled and stands as the lowest point in the historical performance of the naira, reflecting the severity of the current economic challenges.

According to Nairametrics, market analysts attribute the recent decline to a consistent surge in demand for dollars that has been evident since the beginning of January. The primary contributors to this heightened demand include demand attributed to businesses actively seeking to restock goods or acquire raw materials, necessitating a higher demand for foreign exchange and individuals pursuing overseas studies. This trend is likely connected to the need for tuition payments and related educational expenses.

With schools abroad reopening, international students are actively restocking their foreign currency reserves to meet impending school fees and other financial obligations. Additionally, students are securing funds for holiday allowances.

Also, the departure of diaspora Nigerians, particularly noticeable after the holiday season, has contributed to the increased demand for foreign currency. The departure of individuals from the US and other foreign countries has had a notable impact on the parallel market.

The unprecedented depreciation marks the lowest point in the naira’s history against the US dollar, raising concerns about potential economic ramifications.

Nairametrics reported that forex turnover dropped by 3.18% to $56.60 as the Nigerian naira tumbled against the dollar marginally on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024, in both the official and black markets.

The domestic currency depreciated 0.41% to close at N882.24 to a dollar at the close of business, based on data from NAFEM where forex is officially traded.

This represents an N3.63 loss or a 0.41% decrease in the local currency compared to the N882.24 it closed at on the previous day.

The intraday high recorded was N1313/$1, while the intraday low was N700/$1, representing a wide spread of N613/$1.

According to data obtained from the official NAFEM window, forex turnover at the close of the trading was $56.60 million, representing a 3.18% decrease compared to the previous day.

Similarly, the naira depreciated at the parallel forex market where forex is sold unofficially, the exchange rate quoted at N1365/$1, representing a 0.37% decrease over what it closed the previous day, while peer-to-peer traders quoted around N1399.12/$1.

The Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Yemi Cardoso had said that the naira is undervalued and promised that in 2024, the bank would work towards real price discovery in the foreign exchange market.

Cardoso stated this while delivering the keynote address at the Nigeria Economic Group outlook for 2024 via video conference.

According to Cardoso, the apex bank will execute inflation-taming policies through monetary policy instruments and collaboration with the fiscal side of the economy which is the Ministry of Finance.

He also promised to shrine discipline in the forex market and promptly address any infractions and abuses.

He stated: “We believe that the naira is currently undervalued, and coupled with coordinated measures on the fiscal side, we will expedite genuine price discovery in the near term. This coordinated approach will contribute to a more balanced and stable exchange rate”
The naira traded at N878.61 on the official market yesterday but recorded N1360/$1 on the unofficial market.

 

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