Finance: CBN orders 22 Nigerian banks to pledge N1 billion collateral for off-the-counter trade settlement

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CBN orders 22 Nigerian banks to pledge N1B collateral for OTC

The N1 billion pledge was also declared mandatory for all DMBs wishing to participate in the OTC trade settlement.

 

  • The CBN has directed all commercial banks to pledge a collateral of N1 billion for OTC trade settlement.

  • The pledge was also declared mandatory for all DMBs wishing to participate in the OTC trade settlement.


The Financial Market Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria has ordered all the Deposit Money Banks to pledge a collateral of N1 billion for Off-The-Counter trade settlement.

The directive was given by Dr. Alvan Ikoku, director of the financial market department of the CBN on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Business Insider SSA gathered that the CBN’s directive is a mandatory collateral worth of the government/CBN securities for the OTC trade settlement.

The pledge was also declared mandatory for all DMBs wishing to participate in the OTC trade settlement.

Lack of provision of the pledge or failure to top-up a pledge, when required, will result in exclusion from the market,” the circular stated.

Ikoku also stressed that the pledging of the N1 billion takes effect from Friday, June 1, 2018.

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