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US Dollar will fall to N1,200 soon - Goldman Sachs

1 month ago   MARKET NEWS   Lagos   717 views Reference: 316

Location: Lagos

Goldman Sachs analysts, Andrew Matheny and Bojosi Morule, anticipate a significant surge in the Naira's exchange rate, projecting it to reach N1,200/$ within the next year. This bold prediction signals a substantial recovery from the Naira's perceived undervaluation, highlighting the pivotal role of Nigeria's strategic shift away from precarious monetary policies and notably negative real interest rates that previously led to a substantial depreciation of the currency.

Challenges and Risks: Navigating the Recovery Path

Despite the optimistic outlook, potential challenges loom on the horizon. The report emphasizes the necessity for sustained efforts by Nigerian authorities in maintaining an orthodox monetary pathway and implementing effective policy tightening to attract crucial capital inflows. Failure on this front poses a considerable risk to the forecasted rebound, underscoring the delicate balance required for lasting macroeconomic stabilization.

Policy Shifts and Progress: A Closer Look

Goldman Sachs analysts commend recent monetary policy transitions under President Bola Tinubu, acknowledging the significant shift towards inflation targeting and a more flexible exchange rate as positive strides. However, they note the initial criticism of these forward-looking reforms for lacking depth. The analysts highlight recent policy adjustments and central bank bill issuances as positive steps, emphasizing the need for more decisive rate increases and a firm confirmation of policy shifts to attract substantial foreign inflows. The report concludes that while positive conditions have emerged, further actions are crucial for a sustained and meaningful recovery, projecting the Naira's appreciation to N1,200 within the next 12 months.