Naira Exchange Rate Currency loses 31% in value on second day of new CBN float policy

The Naira also depreciated on the parallel market where it closed at N346/Dollar, down from about N330-335 its traded at on Friday.

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CBN FX policy infographic play

CBN FX policy infographic

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Since trading began yesterday on the new CBN forex policy to float the Naira, the currency has now plunged by 31% to trade at N288/Dollar, down by 4-6% since it opened at N255 yesterday morning June 20, 2016.

The Naira also depreciated on the parallel market where it closed at N346/Dollar, down from about N330-335 its traded at on Friday.

A trader changes dollars for naira at a currency exchange store in Lagos, Nigeria, February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney/File Photo play A trader changes dollars for naira at a currency exchange store in Lagos, Nigeria, February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney/File Photo

 

The Central Bank of Nigeria, introduced new guidelines for the foreign exchange market with the implementation of a single structure through the interbank/autonomous window, essentially letting the market determine the price of currency.

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When trading began yesterday, there where various prices being quoted across the board for the Naira against the Dollar. Some experts had predicted this, highlighting the fact that the market would take some time to adjust to the new CBN policy and find a rhythm.

Graph showing Naira/dollar exchange rate from June, 2015 till date play

Graph showing Naira/dollar exchange rate from June, 2015 till date

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The change in the CBN forex direction came after 16 months of pegging the currency at N197-199/Dollar, despite several calls from stakeholders and international organizations for the devaluation of the Naira following a slump in oil prices since 2014.

Nigerian naira notes are seen in this picture illustration March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/Illustration/File Photo play Nigerian naira notes are seen in this picture illustration March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/Illustration/File Photo

 

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