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Gold prices are up as U.S dollar falls



Lending support to gold was the rising tally in coronavirus cases globally.
Published 21 hours ago on August 18, 2020 By Olumide Adesina Gold Up as U.S. hits Record Number of COVID-19 Cases, Gold stands firm above $1,800 over increasing virus fears and weaker dollar , Gold stands firm above $1,800 over increasing virus fears and weaker dollar

Gold prices were up on Tuesday morning at Asia trading session, buoyed by a weaker dollar. However, a tech-driven rally in the world’s largest economy and small hopes on global economic recovery, curbed the precious metal’s gains.

Gold futures up 0.35% to $2005.10 as at 12:55 AM ET (7:10 AM GMT) and stayed above the $2,000-mark.

The U.S dollar index was down 0.2% at an over one-week low, making gold cheaper for those holding other currencies.
Stephen Innes, the Chief Global Market Strategist at AxiCorp, in a note to Nairametrics, explained critical macros pushing the yellow metal up. He said;

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“US-Sino tensions appeared more relaxed, given the US Administration’s more conciliatory tone on trade. The fresh injection of liquidity by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) seems to support Chinese equities and may have also helped lift gold.

“Japan reported weak Q2 GDP data, which may have boosted safe-haven bullion buying. The latter underscored just how fragile the market remains to another secondary coronavirus shock.”
A weaker USD helped the rally, with the move up reinforced by lower US yields. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 0.66% from 0.71% previously. Lending support to gold was the rising tally in coronavirus cases globally, notably in India.

Quick Fact: It should be noted that the precious metal typically moves in the opposite direction from global stock markets, especially the American and European stock markets. Humans are emotionally and physically drawn to gold.

It provides a significant store of value. Global Investors buy gold mainly to hedge against inflation.

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FG willing to implement new ideas to grow the economy – Osinbajo




VP Yemi Osinbajo has declared that the Federal Government has been happy to execute groundbreaking thoughts recommended in the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) after the aftermath of the pandemic on the country’s economy.

This was revealed by the media associate to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in an explanation on Tuesday in Abuja. He added that the Vice President unveiled this at a virtual gathering with the Franco-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In June, the Nigerian Government delivered its Economic Sustainability Plan which it expectations will address the financial difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. The arrangement was assembled by the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC) gathered by President Muhammadu Buhari. Individuals from the board of trustees incorporated the Vice President, CBN Governor, 15 Ministers, GMD NNPC, and the Permanent Secretary.

The report said Nigeria should:

Build up a reasonable Economic Sustainability Plan because of difficulties presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic;

Recognize monetary measures for improving distributable oil and gas income, expanding non-oil incomes and lessening trivial spending, towards tying down adequate assets to subsidize the arrangement;

Propose financial arrangement measures on the side of the Plan;

Give a Fiscal/Monetary Stimulus Package, including backing to private organizations (with accentuation on key areas generally influenced by the pandemic) and weak portions of the populace, and numerous others.

The Vice President uncovered that executing the Plan was to spare positions and secure Nigerian organizations influenced by the pandemic.

Osinbajo stated, “perceive that the pandemic, which truly is the reason for the plunge, in the Nigerian economy as well as for all intents and purposes the entirety of our economies, everywhere on the world, aside from maybe China, additionally gives unfathomable occasions to doing all way of inventive and innovative things.

“What’s more, in the event that you take a gander at our ESP, which is our reaction to the pandemic, what we attempted to do was to do a couple of things that we thought would be down evolving.

“For instance, one of the significant things that we are attempting to do regarding sustainable power is with sun based force.

“We are working together with a few sun oriented force organizations to give inside the following a year, 5,000,000 Nigerian families with sun powered home frameworks.

“This is somewhat to address the issues with the public matrix by giving more off-lattice limit and give more open doors in the sustainable power space.

” What we are doing is to get the financing through the Central Bank of Nigeria as a feature of the Economic Sustainability Plan.”

Osinbajo said in reverse reconciliation is critical to driving financial development and encouraged for private area promise to line up with the FG’s regressive coordination objectives.

“As far as we might be concerned, the issue of in reverse mix is correct, up front, and it has been so for a long time. We accept that a forceful quest for it is truly significant for us as a financial strategy.

“The main thing, as I stated, is that we are focused on in reverse reconciliation.

“Shockingly, throughout the long term, numerous organizations have focused on in reverse mix yet have just not been as determined and steadfast with those guarantees.

“Along these lines, we truly need to see a lot more prominent responsibility and an arrangement that is as forceful as our own desires,” he added.

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IITA, MasterCard targets 40,000 young Nigerians for Young Africa Works




IITA has uncovered that more than 40,000 youthful Nigerians will profit by Young Africa Works – a venture preparing program with an uncommon spotlight on aptitudes advancement, respectable business, and business occasions to make sure about work in agri-food esteem chains for the following five years.

This divulgence was made in an official statement gave by Katherine Lopez, the Institute’s Head of Communication, on Monday the 23rd of November 2020.

The task preparing program is an activity birthed from the association between Mastercard Foundation and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture through the Young Africa Works – IITA Project.

The Young Africa Works – IITA Project, has been dispatched through a call for application to young ladies and men somewhere in the range of 18 and 35 years, living in Lagos, Kano, or Kaduna.

This will give youngsters the occasion to develop their organizations, zeroing in on agribusiness advancement and coaching on current cultivating and worth expansion methods.

Through this task, youngsters will likewise be presented to agribusiness, item showcasing aptitudes, market linkages, and vocation direction through occupation arrangements and entry level position openings.

What they are stating

Talking about the significance of the venture and the importance of agribusiness in making open doors for youngsters, Chidinma Lawanson, Country Head for Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation, said that farming is among the most suitable possible wellspring of work for youngsters in Africa.

“The Young Africa Works association with IITA will make the rural area more alluring to youngsters, especially ladies, by giving aptitudes preparing in the horticulture esteem chain for business and business venture openings.”

The undertaking is required to overcome any barrier in setting up feasible agri-business ventures among young people and likely bosses in the rural area.

The activity is relied upon to help young ladies – 70% of all members, with the uncommon occasion to improve their investment and receive business.

In featuring ladies’ cooperation, the preparation and the task tries to make gainful organizations between youngsters and ladies and apply a sexual orientation based way to deal with address a portion of the difficulties looked by young ladies in the agri-business area in Nigeria.

What this implies

Members will gain both business and delicate aptitudes that will encourage their reconciliation into the expert field, as the current year’s preparation will cover the accompanying worth chains: maize, soybean, rice, agriculture, orange-fleshed yam, groundnut, hydroponics, and poultry.

In May, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) banded together with the Mastercard Foundation to begin the Young Africa Works – IITA Project, a creative way to deal with agri-business preparing and fire up for Nigeria’s youngsters.

This venture was created in meeting with youngsters, policymakers, teachers, and business visionaries, as a component of the Mastercard Foundation’s methodology to empower 30 million youngsters in Africa to get to honorable and satisfying work throughout the following 10 years.

To begin an application, visit africa-works-iita

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U.S stocks bulls up on Joe Biden’s pick for US Treasury post




At the close of trading at the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged by 1.55% to hit a new all-time high.

U.S. stocks were completely started up at its latest exchanging meeting, in the midst of high expectations on U.S President-Elect, Joe Biden’s smooth change to power and its top pick for the post of U.S depository, Janet Yellen, saw financial specialists purchasing at record levels, driving the Dow 30 to arrive at its unequaled high.

A critical number of additions were found in the Basic Materials, Oil and Gas, and Financial areas.

At the end of exchanging at the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones Industrial Average flooded by 1.55% to hit another untouched high, while the S&P 500 list increased 1.63%, and the NASDAQ Composite file added 1.32%.

The best entertainers of the meeting on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corp, which rose 4.92% or 4.48 focuses to exchange at 95.51 at the nearby.

In the interim, JPMorgan Chase and Co (NYSE: JPM) added 4.28% or 5.05 focuses to end at 122.92 and American Express Company was up 3.88% or 4.51 focuses to 120.60 in late exchange.

What they are stating

Stephen Innes, Chief Global Market Strategist at Axi, in a note to Nairametrics, indicated key basics as of now pushing U.S stocks to record high:

“The Dow Jones file hit a representative achievement short-term, getting through the 30,000 level. Market notion remains supported by the threesome of fruitful immunization preliminaries declared lately, just as, by the U.S. President’s choice after the nearby on Tuesday to co-work with a progress of capacity to President-elect Joe Biden.

“Because of the different immunizations in the pipeline. ‘Euphoria to the World’ is ringing in sooner than anticipated as worldwide financial specialists are cheerful by the antibody news.”

What this implies

Janet L. Yellen, an exceptionally regarded Economist, has been tipped to turn into the main female Treasury Secretary. This has evidently energized speculators dependent on her faultless records driving the U.S Federal Reserve, a few years prior.

Primary concern

Stock merchants are all the while delighting in the drop in political existential danger premium presently realizing the final details on the U.S. political decision cycle won’t regress in mobocracy, as the U.S. General Services Administration recognized that Joe Biden can begin his proper change to the White House.

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