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Naira further appreciates against the US dollar to N869.13/$1 in the official market

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Naira further gained against the dollar on Friday, 5th December 2024 at the official market, marking the second gain in the New Year.  

The domestic currency appreciated 3% to close at N869.13 to a dollar at the close of business, data from the NAFEM where forex is officially traded, showed.  

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  • This represents an N26.1 gain or a 3% increase in the local currency compared to the N895.23 closed the previous day.      

However, the naira dropped at the parallel forex market where forex is sold unofficially, the exchange rate quoted at N1255/$1, representing a 1.99% decline over what it closed the previous day, while peer-to-peer traders quoted around N1231.70/$1.   

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What financial experts are saying     

The former President and Chairman governing council of, the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) and the Managing Director, of Arthur Steven Asset Management Limited, Mr. Olatunde Amolegbe in an exclusive chat with Nairametrics said for the exchange rate to be stable, market and participants confidence is key.  

  • “Confidence is what makes foreigners want to come to invest in your country and make locals want to keep their investments here.     
  • “In the absence of these dynamics, demand will naturally outstrip supply and you see the sort of instability we are experiencing now.      
  • “I think the decision to clear FX commitment backs will be positive for market confidence, but the desired impact might manifest in the medium term rather than in the short run.     
  • “I also think the efforts at using monetary policy tools to reduce system liquidity could ultimately reduce currency speculation but again it’s not a silver bullet.      
  • “Deliberate efforts need to intensify at effecting structural changes that will encourage import substitution such as improved security, better infrastructure increased foreign direct investments, and encouraging local production,” he said.  
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Managing Director/CEO, of Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Bismarck Rewane had said in a report that the naira is expected to remain volatile on lingering forex supply concerns.  

The dollar dearth means speculative buying is likely to continue, with an increasing number of market participants taking long positions on the dollar while shorting the naira.  

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