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Nigeria Global Markets Update 23 March 2018

Money markets Fixed income

The overnight and OBB rates fell to 8.08% and 6.83%, from The fixed income market was relatively active during
22.08% and 20.00%, as the market was awash with liquidity on yesterday’s trading session. The market continued with a sell-
the back of the NGN150bn OMO bill maturities. off around the 182-day maturity as a result of profit-taking post
the T-bill auction. The 91- and 364-day maturities remained
Rates should trend upwards today as a result of the expected unchanged from the previous day’s levels.
debit for the NGN65bn FGN bond auction winnings.
Bond yields inched higher across all maturities following the
Interbank spot: USD/NGN auction. This was largely a result of the clearing rates at the
The CBN remains the primary supplier in the NiFEX market, auction printing above secondary market levels.
with its periodic Wholesale and Retail Secondary Market
Intervention Sales (SMIS) programme. The Senate has approved five of the six candidates nominated
The FX rate has remained stable on the back of sustained by the executive branch into the Monetary Policy Committee
interest in the local fixed income and equity capital markets. (MPC). The first MPC meeting of 2018 will hold on 3rd and 4th
April. We expect the status quo to be maintained at this
We expect the pair to continue to trade between USD/NGN360 meeting. However, there is a likelihood of a rate cut at the May
and 362 in the short to medium term. meeting.

T-bill yields should inch higher into the close of the week as
Offer rates 21-Mar 22-Mar Change
market participants sell-off due to reduced money-market
NiFEX 336.12 336.40  0.28 liquidity. We should see renewed interest in bonds over the
next few days.
NAFEX 360.03 360.08  0.05

Tenor 21-Mar 22-Mar Change (bp)

Commodities 91-day 14.45 14.45 -

Crude took a turn lower amid an equity sell-off largely pinned to 182-day 14.95 15.06 0.11
concerns over a trade war with China. 364-day 15.32 15.32 -
Jun-19 13.41 13.56 0.15
Futures edged down by as much as 1.2% in New York on
Feb-20 13.32 13.44 0.12
Thursday following two sessions of gains. Global equities
declined along with crude oil, as focus shifted to the potential Jul-21 13.42 13.53 0.11
for US President Donald Trump to announce tariffs against Jan-22 13.39 13.46 0.07
China. Trump is set to announce about US$50 billion of tariffs
Mar-24 13.43 13.48 0.05
against China over intellectual-property violations on Thursday,
according to a person familiar with the matter. (Bloomberg). Jan-26 13.50 13.58 0.08
Mar-27 13.54 13.57 0.03
Jul-34 13.51 13.51 -
Mar-36 13.35 13.42 0.07
Apr-37 13.30 13.33 0.03

Current rate (%) Current

LIBOR 30-day 1.86125 Brent Crude US$69.18

NIBOR 30-day 14.1722 NAFEX (offer rate) 361.00
NIBOR 90-day 15.4922 Reserves (as at 21 Mar 2018) US$45.36bn

RMB Nigeria indicative term deposit rates1

NGN CALL 1-m 2-m 3-m 6-m 12-m
50,000,000 5.00% 11.50% 13.00% 14.00% 15.00% 16.00%
USD CALL 1-m 2-m 3-m 6-m 12-m
5,000,000 0.50% 1.20% 1.30% 1.40% 1.50% 1.80%

Note: 1. Indicative rates are gross of withholding tax (10%)

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Nigeria. Currencies available on request: ZAR/EUR/GBP.
International rating – RMB Nigeria is a wholly owned subsidiary of the FirstRand Bank [BB+ /Baa3] S&P and Moody’s respectively.
Treasury bills Benchmark bonds

Source: Reuters Source: Reuters

NIBOR Oil prices and FX

Source: Reuters Source: Reuters

FGN Eurobonds OTC FX futures

Source: Reuters Source: FMDQ

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