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Naira falls to N1,300/$ at parallel market
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Thu, 25 Apr 2024   ||   Nigeria,

The naira, on Wednesday, depreciated to N1,300 per dollar at the parallel section of the foreign exchange (FX) market.

The current FX rate signifies a 3.17 percent drop from the N1,260 traded on April 22.

Currency traders, known as bureau de change (BDC) operators, quoted the buying rate at N1,260 and the selling price at N1,300 — leaving a profit margin of N40.

At the official window, the naira fell to N1,308.52 against the dollar — a 0.64 percent decline from the N1,300.15 traded on April 23.

According to the FMDQ Exchange, a platform that oversees official FX trading in Nigeria, the naira recorded a high of N1,367 and a low of N1,098.

With the current record, the official window rate still surpasses that of the parallel market by N8.52.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on April 23, reduced the FX rate for dollar allocations to BDC operators.

The financial regulator, in a circular signed by Hassan Mahmud, director of trade and exchange department, said it sold $10,000 at the rate of N1,021/$ to each BDC.

On April 8, CBN also sold FX to the BDCs at the rate of N1,101/$, compared to the N1,251 the apex bank offered to the parallel market operators on March 25 and the N1,301 announced on February 27.


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