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June 11, 2021 Bullish Run Sustained as Investors Hunt for Bargains

This week, the bullish trend in the domestic equities market was extended as the NSE All-Share Index rose 1.1% w/w to settle at 39,156.28 points while YTD loss moderated to -2.8%. The positive performance was driven by bargain hunting in notable bellwether stocks – DANGCEM, WAPCO, STANBIC and SEPLAT. As a result, market capitalisation rose […]

May 10, 2021 Reducing the Cost of Governance: Is the FG Ready to Right the Wrongs?

Last week, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, announced during a policy dialogue initiative organized by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) that the federal government will soon begin to merge or shut Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) with similar roles to eliminate induced wasteful expenses […]

April 2, 2021 Debt Report: Pandemic-induced Fiscal Deficit and Currency Devaluation Fuels Higher Debt Burden

The Q4:2020 debt report as recently published by the Debt Management Office (DMO) and the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reveals a 20.1% rise in Nigeria’s public debt stock to ₦32.9tn and a 23.4% increase in FG’s debt burden to ₦26.9tn as at 2020 year-end. The current debt amount implies a Debt-to-GDP ratio of 21.6% […]

March 22, 2021 Pre-MPC: A Hold Decision in View

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will hold its second set of meetings of the year on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2021. We expect the Committee to review the domestic and external macroeconomic conditions and financial markets developments since its last meeting in January and provide forward guidance on how it intends to balance […]

March 1, 2012 Mergers and acquisitions: Bad for customers’ morale?

When a bank changes its name, it takes a while for the customers to get used to it. Those banking with Intercontinental Bank got the information about the change of status on the banks’ Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) that ‘their’ bank, Intercontinental Bank, is glad to be a subsidiary of Access Bank plc. They have […]

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