Nigeria’s Credit to the Private Sector Hits all Time High of N32.6 Trillion
According to data from central bank of Nigeria, Nigeria’s total credit to the private sector of the economy was at an all-time high of N32.63 trillion as of June 2021 making the 5th consecutive month of rising domestic credit to the private sector. This is an indication of success of CBN’s aggressive policy towards expanding credit to the domestic sector, which according to them will propel GDP growth.
CBN Sets N10bn Capital Base for Credit Guarantee Companies
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday pegged N10 billion as the minimum paid-up capital for the establishment of the proposed Credit Guarantee Companies (CGCs) in the country. This was made known to the public in a CBN circular titled, “Exposure Draft of Guidelines for Regulation and Supervision of Credit Guarantee Companies in Nigeria,” dated August 4, 2021, and addressed to banks, other financial institutions and stakeholders.
Last week, the Nigerian Treasury Bills (“NT-Bills”) secondary market witnessed an improvement in activity levels on the back of stable liquidity levels (which stood at N285.4bn long as at Monday, 02-Aug-21) as average yield across all tenors fell 27bps W-o-W (Week-On-Week) to close at 5.62% from 5.90% the previous week…
The FGN Bond secondary market sustained its bullish run as average yield across the curve declined 13bps to close at 11.94% (from 12.07% the previous week). Specifically, the most buying interest was seen in the short- to medium-end of the curve as average yield shed 11bps and 22bps W-o-W to close at 9.92% and 12.32% respectively…
Amid persistent dollar scarcity, the Naira, which had made recent gains, remained pared to N515/$1 as at Thursday. The Naira had strengthened to 506/$ on August 4 after plunging to 525/$ at the parallel market on July 28, a day after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) stopped foreign exchange sales to Bureau de Change and had been hovering around 508/$ and 510/$ in recent days.
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