UBA, Access, Zenith, BDC Traders Quote New Exchange Rates To Buy Dollar as Naira Crashes Again

UBA, Access, Zenith, BDC Traders Quote New Exchange Rates To Buy Dollar as Naira Crashes Again

  • The Nigerian currency has continued its depreciation against the US dollar in the foreign exchange market
  • Checks show that the naira fell in both the official foreign exchange window and the unofficial market
  • The naira is now depreciating at the same pace recorded in February and March before the CBN clampdown on cryptocurrency platforms

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Legit.ng journalist Dave Ibemere has over a decade of business journalism experience with in-depth knowledge of the Nigerian economy, stocks, and general market trends.

Naira has once again depreciated in value against the US dollar in the official and unofficial foreign exchange market.

Data from FMDQ securities shows that the naira crashed to N1,520.40/$1 on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, on the official Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM).

Naira to dollar exchange rate in official, unofficial markets
The value of the naira keeps depreciating Photo credit: Bloomberg/contributor
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The closing rate on Tuesday represents a 2.9% or N42.29 depreciation of the naira when compared to the previous day's closing rate of N1,478.76/$1.

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The pressure on the naira was clearly evident, as during intraday trading at the NAFEM window, some participants paid as high as N1,568 to purchase a dollar.

The poor performance of the naira occurred as forex markets went down by $88.88 million or 40.8% to $128.76 million compared to the previous day's transaction level of $217.64 million.

It was different story for the naira against the pound sterling and the euro.

The CBN data showed the naira improved its value against the pound sterling in the official market by N59.52 during the trading day to quote at N1,767.62/£1 compared with the preceding session’s N1,827.14/£1.

Similarly, the naira gained N51.91 against the Euro to finish at N1,520.16/€1 versus N1,572.07/€1 it closed a day earlier.

Naira to dollar in the black market

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In the parallel market, also known as the black market, the naira weakened against the dollar during the session, falling by N10 to sell at N1,530/$1.

This is in contrast to the previous day's exchange rate of N1,520/$1.

Speaking with BDC trader Musa explained the new rate:

"There are no dollars in the market, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) keeps raiding us, making it difficult to source dollars.
"The government keeps blaming us, but our rates are based on the level of supply and demand."

CBN sells dollars cheaply to BDC operators

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Central Bank of Nigeria again conducted another round of dollar sales to licensed Bureau De Change Operators.

The latest sale is part of the apex bank's plan to ensure enough liquidity in the market and halt the naira's fall.

The CBN has also fixed an exchange rate limit for the BDCs when selling to Nigerians seeking dollars.

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