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Sell Excess Dollars In 24hrs – CBN Orders Banks

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a new circular on exposing foreign currency exposure to all banks in an effort to lessen risk and discourage foreign exchange speculation.

The central bank, in trying to address suspected cases of excessive foreign exchange speculation, has expressed worries in a number of directives on the growing trend of banks holding large amounts of foreign currency assets.

“The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has noted with concern the growth in foreign currency exposures of banks through their Net Open Position (NOP). This has created an incentive for banks to hold excess long foreign currency positions, which exposes banks to foreign exchange and other risks. Therefore, to ensure that these risks are well managed and avoid losses that could pose material systemic challenges, the CBN issues the following prudential requirements,” the CBN said in a circular that was signed by its director, trade & exchange department, Hassan Mahmud, and his banking supervision colleague, Rita Ijeoma Sike.

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The circular, titled “Harmonisation of Reporting Requirements on Foreign Currency Exposures of Banks,” told the banks that the Net Open Position (NOP) limit of the overall foreign currency assets and liabilities, taking into cognizance both those on and off-balance sheet, should not exceed 20 percent short or 0 percent long of shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses using the gross aggregate method.

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The latest circular came barely 48 hours after the CBN released a circular warning banks and FX dealers against reporting false exchange rates, among others.

According to the circular released on Monday, banks whose current NOP exceed 20 percent short and 0 percent long of their shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses are required to bring them to the prudential limit by February 1, 2024.

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The banks are now required to compute their daily and monthly NOP and Foreign
currency trading position using the attached templates. [CONTINUE READING HERE]

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