(Business) Naira Trades N472 to dollar at parallel market

The was N440/$ in the parallel market in June, and operators have continued to demand for the immediate unification of the multiple s in the country.The on Tuesday traded at N472 to a at the parallel market as foreign exchange scarcity persisted.The Senior Partner, Regulatory and Technology, Stransact Partners, Eben Joels, said the more worrisome issue was that the gap between the various s operating in created arbitrage opportunities for highly connected individuals.He worried that some people did not need to work to make billions of because they could simply obtain foreign currency at the official rate and sell on the black market.Joels said, “Some people are cleaning out of this situation. The spread between the black market and the official market is back to about N100 on a .“It is not that rate that is the issue right now. We need to move to a single unified . For all you know, the may be underpriced artificially because of the quest to defend the .“Using purchasing power parity, I believe the is underpriced and the so-called need to defend the by operating several tiers of official is part of the systematic theft of national resources going on as we speak.”Business organisations in the country had expected the to depreciate further in the next few months, according to the CBN’s May 2020 Business Expectation Survey Report.“Respondent firms expect the to depreciate in the current month, next month, next two months and appreciate in the next six months,” the CBN had stated in the report.
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