COVID-19 mitigation: Has Nigeria’s Central Bank done enough to protect the economy
As five more COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Nigeria on Wednesday, the government swung into action and made some swift reforms which include the reduction of petrol pump price – a N1.5 trillion cut in the 2020 budget and a travel ban on 13 countries with high COVID-19 infection rates. The Central Bank of Nigeria also announced a N1.1 trillion intervention fund to boost the economy. Adeoye Adefulu, Partner at Odujinrin and Adefulu and Kola Masha, Managing Director of Babban Gona both join CNBC Africa to discuss how these moves would impact some key sectors of the Nigerian economy.
What's in the ECB's coronavirus emergency pandemic plan?
The European Central Bank unveiled a multi-billion euro plan to help economies struggling with the fallout of the coronavirus. But how will it help economies brought to a standstill by emergency measures?
Ghana Central Bank governor sees room for looser policy
Ghana’s central bank has additional space to loosen policy thanks to the global move toward lower interest rates, as long as inflation slows, according to Governor Ernest Addison. He was interviewed by Bloomberg TV’s Manus Cranny st the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town.
Lebanon scoops new deposits in $1.4 billion boost to reserves
One week after Lebanon’s credit rating was cut deeper into junk territory by Fitch, the country’s central bank governor told Bloomberg they have secured new deposits from private investors overseas, boosting dollar reserves by up to $1.4 billion. Riad Salameh’s comments are likely to go some way toward reassuring investors increasingly worried that dwindling inflows of cash from abroad could undermine Lebanon’s ability to repay its debts and defend its currency. He spoke to Bloomberg’s Lin Noueihed in an exclusive interview in Beirut, Lebanon.
Central bankers to keep credit hot?
As waves of easy monetary policy wash over the world’s financial markets, some of euro-denominated high-yield bonds are now trading with a negative yield. But in a sign of increasing bifurcation between riskier and safer credits, some issuers had to offer chunky yields to draw investor interest, while others found heated demand. Bloomberg's Jonathan Ferro sat down with TD’s Priya Misra, JPMorgan’s Oksana Aronov and Robert Tipp of PGIM Fixed Income to discuss the outlook for high yield and investment grade credit.
US Federal Reserve lowers interest rate for first time in over a decade
The US central bank cut interest rates for the first time since 2008, citing concerns about the global economy. The move comes amid economic uncertainties amid President Donald Trump's trade wars and Brexit.
Central Bank of Nigeria to improve drive for non-oil exports
Governor of Nigeria's Central Bank says the apex banks development finance efforts have been driven by the need to reduce reliance on crude as smuggling and dumping over the years have led to a demise of Agriculture. Obiora Madu, CEO of Multimix Group joins CNBC Africa to discuss some developments impacting Nigeria's non-oil exports.
Australia prints millions of typos on A$50 bill
Millions of A$50 banknotes in Australia have an embarrassing error that was overlooked by the country's central bank before they were printed and circulated.
US Federal Reserve holds rates steady, cuts economic growth forecast
After a series of rises, the US central bank's policy meeting decided to hold interest rates in their current range. It also predicted a gloomier outlook for growth than that coming from Trump's White House.