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Bloomberg predicts naira will record worst performance in 25years in 2024

 

Bloomberg, a US-based media organisation, on Friday,
predicted that the naira will decline further in 2024.

 

According to the publication, the naira is poised for its worst year since the return to democracy in 1999 adding that analysts are
predicting further depreciation in 2024.

 

The report said naira fell 55 percent this year to N1,043
per dollar at the official market on Thursday.

 

The decline, Bloomberg said, made the naira the third
worst-performing currency in the world behind the Lebanese pound and the
Argentine peso — among 151 currencies tracked by the media firm.

 

It reported foreign reserves in Nigeria are at the lowest in
six years with most of them burdened by overdue short-term overseas
obligations.

 

In the non-deliverable forwards market, according to the
report, the naira’s 12-month contract is trading near a record low of N1,294.44
to the dollar.

 

The depreciation began in June 2023, after the Central Bank
of Nigeria (CBN) unified all segments of the forex exchange (FX) market,
allowing the currency to trade more freely.

 

Thereafter, President Bola Tinubu scrapped the petrol
subsidy.

 

The publication said the end of the petrol subsidy and naira
depreciation fueled inflation, which is at 28.2 percent, while the benchmark
interest rate is at 18.75 percent.

 

“The negative real interest rate has dissuaded overseas
investors,” the report said.

 

Vetiva Capital Management Ltd told the publication that the
naira may depreciate further unless Tinubu’s government attracts international
investments or ramps up oil output.

 

Bloomberg’s prediction is at variance with that of Bismarck
Rewane, chief executive officer, who said Nigeria’s exchange rate is expected
to rise in 2024.

 

Olayemi Cardoso, the apex bank governor, also projected that
exchange rate pressures are expected to reduce significantly in the coming
year.

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