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Foreign Investors Dump Nigeria Eurobond Due to Poor Credit Rating

Foreign Investors Offload Nigeria Eurobond amidst Subpar Credit Rating

In recent times, foreign investors have been offloading Nigeria’s Eurobonds in the international debt market due to the country’s subpar credit rating. This selling spree has been fueled by weak sovereign ratings from Moody’s, declining key macroeconomic indicators, a weak local currency, and a sustained rise in the country’s public debt stock.

Despite ongoing reforms that aim to boost confidence among foreign portfolio investors, portfolio rebalancing has continued as yield inversion occurred due to diverging spot rates price action between the Debt Management Office and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Moody’s recent rating affirmed Nigeria’s credit rating at Caa1, indicating the country’s poor credit standing amidst macroeconomic challenges. The rating agency highlighted elevated risks related to high and rising inflation, as well as an uncertain fiscal outlook.

In the global debt market, Nigeria’s sovereign Eurobonds have experienced bearish sentiment across maturities, leading to an increase in the average yield to 10.27%. This trend has been observed alongside movements in US Treasury yields, which have rebounded from recent lows following strong economic data.

As bond yields fluctuate in various markets, investors are closely monitoring developments in different regions. From the US to Canada and Europe, changes in government bond yields reflect shifting economic conditions and investor sentiment.

Overall, the offloading of Nigeria’s Eurobonds by foreign investors underscores the challenges facing the country’s economy and the need for sustained reforms to improve its creditworthiness and attract investment.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as financial advice. The content is based on general research and may not be accurate, reliable, or up-to-date. Before making any financial decisions, it is recommended to consult with a professional financial advisor or conduct thorough research to verify the accuracy of the information presented. The author and publisher disclaim any liability for any financial losses or damages incurred as a result of relying on the information provided in this article. Readers are encouraged to independently verify the facts and information before making any financial decisions.

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