Black Market: Naira Weakens As Holiday Makers Depart Nigeria

On January 11, 2021, the exchange rate between the naira and dollar at the black market closed at N475/$1 representing a N3 drop when compared to the N472/$1 it closed on the previous trading day of January 8th, 2021.


This is the second depreciation of the naira this year after falling to N472/$1 on Friday, January 8th 2021. The naira traded at N470/$1 for almost 2 weeks since the 29th of December 2020.

The pressure experienced at the black market is attributed to a surge in demand as holidaymakers source for forex to return back to their bases abroad.


Parents of Nigerian pupils who school abroad has also increased the demand for forex to fund their tuition and allowances.


This is likely to sustain demand pressure at the black market which has been a major source of price discovery for the foreign exchange market.

At the NAFEX (I&E Window) where forex is traded officially, the exchange rate closed at N393.33/$1, a slight appreciation from the N393.50 recorded on the previous trading day, January 8, 2021.


The Naira appreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window on Monday, closing at N393.33/$1 as against N393.50 reported on January 8, 2021.

This represents a 17 kobo gain when compared with that of the previous trading day.


The opening indicative rate was N393.69 to a dollar on Monday. This represents a 20 kobo loss when compared to the N393.49 that was recorded on Friday, January 8, 2021.

The N411 to a dollar was the highest rate during intra-day trading before, it still closed at N393.33 to a dollar. It also sold for as low as N350.27/$1 during intra-day trading.

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