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CBN Sets Limits on Banks’ Exposure to Foreign Exchange

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday said the Net Open Position (NOP) limit of banks’ overall foreign currency assets and liabilities both 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.

This was disclosed in a circular to all banks, titled ‘Harmonisation of Reporting Requirements on Foreign Currency Exposures of Banks’ jointly signed by Hassan Mahmud, director trade and exchange department of the CBN and Rita Ijeoma Sike, for director, banking supervision department.

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The circular mandates that banks must adhere to a NOP limit, ensuring it does not surpass 20 percent short (holding more foreign currency assets than liabilities) or 0% long (not holding more foreign currency

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