Nigeria risks financial ‘blockade’, frosty relations with funders

World Bank calls for sovereign debt changes ahead of looming recession Cold attitude to reforms harming domestic investment outlook, experts say ‘Challenge western countries but with better policy options’ Nigeria’s Eurobond rises by about 100% in six months Nigeria is gradually inching towards a financial ‘blockade’ at the international financial market, as its working relationship […]

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Investors risk losing 2020 dividends

as operators grapple with COVID-19 fallouts Unilever, Cadbury, Meyer, others suffer loss amid weak spending Stop trend to avert job loss, social unrest, experts tell FG Capital market operators have expressed worry that the prolonged coronavirus pandemic and attendant Foreign Exchange (Forex) illiquidity may cause investors to lose their dividends this year. The pandemic and […]

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Banks recorded ₦1.5tr non-performing loans in 2018

Analyst links incidence to macroeconomic headwinds Following the adoption of IFRS 9, about 10.9 per cent of the loan book in the banking industry, representing ₦1.5trillion are in Stage 3 (impaired), as at December 2018, according to the recently released banking industry report by Agusto & Co.    The figure represents 15 per cent increase in […]

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CBN injects $210m into foreign exchange market

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected 210 million dollars into the various segments of the market to sustain its intervention in the Inter-Bank Foreign Exchange Market. Mr Isaac Okorafor, CBN Director, Corporate Communications, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. Okorafor said that the apex bank offered 100 million dollars […]

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Poll shift hits exchange rate, stock market loses N196 billion

The financial services sector yesterday reacted negatively to the uncertainty in the nation’s political environment as investors priced in the risks of election postponement on the stock market and exchange rate. The development came just as analysts polled by The Guardian at the weekend predicted that investors and financial transactions would plummet as a first […]

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Unilever, Dangote Cement, others trigger stock market rebound

Renewed bargain-hunting on some blue-chip companies, especially Unilever and Dangote cement, aided transactions on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), causing market capitalisation to increase by N14 billion. Specifically, at the close of trading yesterday, the All Share Index (ASI) was up by 39.76 absolute points, representing an increase of 0.12 per cent to close at […]

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Use capital market for privatisation, stakeholders tell FG

As the Federal Government steps up plans to offer more of its assets for sale under the ongoing privatisation programme, stakeholders in Nigeria’s capital have renewed the call to ensure that the exercise is done through the capital market. The stakeholders argued that the exercise would witness high level of transparency and success, if government […]

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