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Naira drops further to 366/$1 at parallel market

.Loses 0.02% at I&E FX window

The Nigerian currency, on Monday, fell further to close at 366 per US dollar from a depreciated rate of 365 traded over the weekend at the parallel market.

The naira, however, opened at a better rate of 305.04 to a dollar against 367.24 stood on Friday at the Investor & Exporter FX widow, but lost a total drop of 0.02 per cent at the close of yesterday trading while comparing the closing rate of 367.38 against 366.44 sold on Friday.

But recorded a daily turnover of $95.63 million against $95 million sold on Friday, even though it was less than $101 million traded on Thursday but better than $712.03 settled on Wednesday and $83.98 million exchanged last Tuesday, figure obtained from the FMDQ OTC has revealed.

The local currency, also dropped against two other major foreign currencies, pound sterling and the Euro, exchanged at 476 and 428, compared to 475 and 425 traded, respectively on Friday.

At the official foreign exchange market, the local currency closed at an appreciable rate of 305.50 per dollar against 305.55 sold at the close last week’s trading activities, therefore, gaining 0.02 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Debt Management Office (DMO) on Monday, raised the interest band for the federal government savings bonds to 14.535 percent from 13.79 percent in April – for the three-year tenor.

This means that while you would have gotten N13,790 in a year as interest if you invested in April, you can now get as much as N14,535 going by the new interest rate.

As for the two-year tenor of the FGN savings bond, the coupon payment is put at 13.535 per cent. In others words, for every N100,000 invested, the investor gets over N13,535 for the first year, and the same amount for the second year, before the recovery of initial capital.

The coupon payment is made in four tranches — one tranche per quarter — to make the entire interest advertised.

DMO had introduced the retail bond in March, 2017, and has since opened an investment window for interested parties every month, with the August offer running from August, 7-11.

In April, DMO had offered 12.79 per cent interest on the two-year bond and 13.79 per cent on the three-year bond.

In May, DMO increased the interest rate to 13.18 and 14.18 per cent on the two and three-year bonds respectively.

It maintained the rates in June but increased it to 13.38 and 14.38 per cent in July.

The rates for August, which was released on Sunday are 13.53 and 14.53 per cent.

According to the DMO, the bond is fully backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government of Nigeria, with quarterly coupon payments to bond holders.

The Buhari-led administration has issued various bonds and treasury bills to help fund the nation’s budget deficit.

In February, the federal government issued a $1bn Eurobond and the first sovereign green bond, which is worth N20 billion has also been announced although it has not been issued.

The Eurobond, which was issued at 7.875 percent, was oversubscribed by almost eight times and has already been listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

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