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Business / Economics

25 March 2024 Morning Biz News: Financial Insights: Updates from the Global Market

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1. Fitch Ratings Affirms Development Bank of Namibia’s Ratings Despite Losses

Fitch Ratings recently announced its decision to maintain the Development Bank of Namibia Limited’s Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings at ‘BB-‘ and its National Long-Term Rating at ‘AA+(zaf)’, with a stable outlook. Despite facing a setback with a N$270 million loss in the 2023 financial year due to high loan impairment charges, Fitch remains optimistic about the bank’s future. The agency predicts a return to profitability for DBN in the fiscal year 2024.

2. Nigeria’s Naira Strengthens Amid Central Bank’s Efforts

In the latest trading session on Friday, the London Stock Exchange Group reported that Nigeria’s naira strengthened to 1,312.51 per dollar during mid-day trades. This positive movement follows the central bank’s announcement earlier in the week that it had successfully cleared its entire verified foreign exchange backlog. Despite experiencing repeated lows since a devaluation in January, which marked the second within a year, the naira showed resilience, trading at 1,301 naira per dollar.

3. SBB Initiates Debt Repurchase Plan to Address Investor Concerns

Swedish real estate group SBB disclosed its strategy on Sunday to repurchase debt at a discounted rate of 60% compared to its original value. This proactive measure aims to alleviate investor concerns amidst the company’s efforts to manage its multi-billion debt pile effectively.

4. IMF Managing Director Urges China to Revamp Economic Policies

Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), stressed the importance of China “reinventing itself” with strategic economic policies to tackle the ongoing property market crisis. Georgieva emphasized the necessity of enhancing domestic consumption and productivity to overcome the economic challenges confronting the nation.

Financial Indicators Snapshot:

  • Namibia Dollar:
    • USD: 18.91
    • Euro: 20.54
    • Pound: 23.83
  • Gold: $2,165.24 per fine ounce
  • Brent Crude: $85.43 per barrel
  • Bitcoin: $1,262,233.11 per Bitcoin

These updates reflect the dynamic nature of the global financial landscape and the concerted efforts of various entities to navigate challenges and pursue growth opportunities. Stay tuned for more insights into the ever-evolving world of finance.

Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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