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Naira Depreciates To N1,600/$ At Parallel Market

Naira Depreciates To N1,600/$ At Parallel Market
Naira Depreciates To N1,600/$ At Parallel Market

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In a surprising turn of events, the Nigerian Naira witnessed a significant depreciation at the parallel section of the foreign exchange market on Friday, reversing its previous trend of appreciation.

The local currency fell by N100, a 6.67 percent decrease, to close at N1,600 per US dollar.

This shift in the foreign exchange landscape comes as bureau de change (BDC) operators, key players in the parallel market, reported a buying rate of N1,550 and a selling rate of N1,600, marking a profit margin of N50.

Contrastingly, at the official window, the Naira showcased an appreciation, strengthening to N1,548.25 against the dollar, up by 2.94 percent from Thursday’s rate of N1,595 per dollar.

This divergence in performance between the parallel market and the official window underscores the complex dynamics at play in Nigeria’s forex market.

The depreciation in the parallel market is unfolding against the backdrop of significant regulatory actions by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

In a bold move to tighten control and ensure compliance with regulatory provisions, the CBN revoked the licences of 4,173 BDC operators on Friday.

This drastic step is part of the apex bank’s broader strategy to overhaul the regulatory and supervisory framework governing BDC operations in the country.

These regulatory adjustments are in line with the CBN’s continued efforts to establish a market-determined exchange rate for the Naira, aiming for stabilization and greater transparency in the forex market.

Earlier in the week, on February 27, 2024, the CBN had announced its approval for the sale of foreign exchange to BDC operators.

This was shortly followed by a directive on February 23, mandating sellers dealing with amounts equivalent to $10,000 and above to BDCs to declare the source of their forex, in a bid to enhance accountability and reduce illicit financial flows.

Additionally, the CBN has introduced new limits on the sale of foreign currency by BDCs, capping sales at $4,000 and $5,000 for personal and business travel allowances, respectively, once every six months.

The post Naira Depreciates To N1,600/$ At Parallel Market appeared first on Naija News.

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