1 October 2020

1) After two previous recalls for Mustangs and Super Duty pickups, Ford has announced a third recall of nearly every new vehicle it sells today, a total of about 620,246 vehicles for dysfunctional (blank picture) backup cameras. All 2020 models are being recalled, the Ford Explorer, F-150 pickups, Mustang, Transit, Super Duty pickups, Expedition, Escape, Range and Edge. The only exception is the Ecosport. All have defective back up camera systems that can go dark or have a flickering image. Backup cameras are federally mandated, and therefore Ford vehicles don’t comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and therefore must be repaired.
2) Disney has announced it is laying off 28,000 employees in the U.S., a direct result of the pandemic’s effects on its theme parks. The laid-off employees comprise 67% of their part time workers and will affect Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products unit. The parks and resorts division has more than 100,000 U.S. employees. On shutting down its theme parks globally this spring, Disney’s profits dropped a whopping 91% for the first three months of 2020. The theme parks have been impacted, a result of the limited capacity from physical distancing requirements and the continued uncertainty of the duration of the pandemic.
3) Nigeria is overhauling its State Oil Company and may sell a stake in the company. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest crude oil producer so the sale of shares is a big deal. The Nigerian government seeks to establish a commercially oriented and profit driven national petroleum company, which generates about half of the government’s revenue and more than 90% of its export earnings. The company has for years been a tool for political patronage to cronies, with its closed operations fueling corruption. Being a publicly traded company sheds the cloak of secrecy by opening the books for inspection thereby making corruption more difficult and likely to be detected.
4) Stock market closings for – 30 SEP 20:
Dow 27,781.70 up 329.04
Nasdaq 11,167.51 up 82.26
S&P 500 3,363.00 up 27.53
10 Year Yield: 0.68% up 0.03
Oil: up at $39.86

16 January 2020

1) Nigeria may become the superpower of Africa, repeating the economic miracle of China and India. While investors are not moving into Nigeria yet, they are watching. Like China and India, Nigeria was once a colony of the west, and like India, was a colony of the British, and just like India its language is English. Right now, Nigeria is economically where China was forty years ago, before Mao Zedong died and Deng Xiaoping deregulated the economy to unleash it. For many other reasons, Nigeria is set to repeat the economic miracle of China.

2) House mortgage applications has soared to its highest level in eleven years, for new homes and refinance. Applications are up 30.2% from last week, and are 109% higher than a year ago. The interest rates are under 4% , combining with a rosy economic outlook and high employment causing home buyers to rush into the market. This is causing a near record low supply of housing across America, pushing prices up.

3) Retailer giant Target didn’t have a strong holiday sales in their toy departments, less than what was expected. This is ringing alarm bells for the entire industry. While Target gained market share in toys, its toy sales were flat over the 2019 holidays compared to last year. Toy makers like Hasbro, Mattel and Spin Master are offering a smaller variety of toys and games, a result in part from the bankruptcy of Toys-R-Us. Increasingly, toy sales is going to online retailers such as Amazon.

4) Stock market closings for – 15 JAN 20:

Dow            29,030.22    up    90.55
Nasdaq         9,258.70    up      7.37
S&P 500        3,289.29    up      6.14

10 Year Yield:    down   at    1.79%

Oil:    down   at    $58.13

5 September 2019

1) A federal judge has ruled that investors may sue five big banks for conspiring to rig prices on bonds worth hundreds of billions of dollars issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a seven year period. This clears the way for investors to pursue antitrust claims against Bank of America, BNP Paribas SA, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley. The banks are accused of fixing prices at a specific level before bringing the bonds to the secondary market.

2) The U.S. trade deficit narrowed overall slightly in July, however the gap with China surged to a six-month high. The trade tensions have caused wild swings in the trade deficit as exporters and importers try to stay ahead of the tariff fight between America and China. The Atlanta Federal Reserve is forecasting the economy growing at a 1.7% pace in the third quarter.

3) Oil dependent nations are facing economic troubles because gas and oil production are unsustainable. As oil and gas supplies dwindle and demand decreases, their once lucrative revenues may be decreasing. Nations whose economies are principally oil production face a trouble future as their oils supplies decline in the next few decades, with nothing to replace those revenues. Those nations facing economic troubles are the UAE, Nigeria, Qatar, Libya, Angola, Kuwait, Venezuela, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

4) Stock market closings for – 4 SEP 19:

Dow            26,355.47    up    237.45
Nasdaq        7,976.88    up    102.72
S&P 500       2,937.78    up    31.51

10 Year Yield:    down   at    1.46%

Oil:    down   at    $55.98

THE EFR PODCAST EP. #31: #NIGERIADECIDES2019 PRESIDENTIAL & NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS

We’re back for another episode. Sammy BE @EcoFireTV, James, Lyman & Jon Don Sterling “On The Boards” @TheDramaBlock.

The trio had the pleasure to interview Nigeria’s media platform ObjecTvMedia’s Shomade Olwaaegun @Objectvmedia. He was able to describe what was going on the ground, in the recent Presidential/National Assembly elections in Nigeria.

Shomade was able to give a detailed account and opinion on the respective candidates for the Nigerian presidency and what the two major parties APC & PDP were doing to court youth voters, and what INEC was doing to make sure that elections throughout the country was free, fair and credible.

This is a must listen to episode, in its truest form.

As always #BEBless #StayBless #GODBLESS #RealRecognizeDeal

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#NIGERIADECIDES: BABA MUHAMMADU BUHARI REELECTED AS NIGERIA’S PREZ.

President Muhammadu Buhari

By: Economic & Finance Report

President Muhammadu Buhari has won reelection for the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He won with over 3.9 million popular votes.

President Buhari the incumbent, won the majority of the North East, North West, and South West states, he also took home the majority of the middle belt states.

The former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Ababakar, the oppositional presidential candidate won South South, South East majority states.

This was a well contested election with many analysts & spectators citing President Buhari having a tough battle winning reelection.

It seems that the President Buhari had managed to beat the odds overall. International observers indicated there was an increase of violence during the campaigns and as it became closer to the presidential/national assembly elections, but during the election day votes seemed to be collated orderly. -SB

The EFR Podcast Ep #27: Flip Africana Millennials Feat. FlipTV’s Biodun Kupoluyi

On this episode of the EFR Podcast Sammy BE, along with James Lymon & Jon Don “On The Boards” Sterling; had the pleasure of interviewing the publisher of Nigeria’s very own online/youtube channel platform, FlipTV’s Biodun Kupoluyi.

Biodun discussed media, online and internet platforms being utilized by the youths in Nigeria and in Africa alike. He discussed how online media is changing the game, as far as different ways that people get their information and news in a faster and quicker timeframe.

Biodun also spoke on how Africa as a continent is engaging with the dynamics of online resources and how these resources will assist in the rapid development of the continent.

This is one episode that you don’t wanna miss….. And as always
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NIGERIA STOCKS PRESENTED 12% RETURNS… LARGEST % PCT IN GLOBAL INDICES FOR 2017

By: Economic & Finance Report

It seems that Nigeria has been on a roll this year, as far as stock indexes are concerned. Nigerian stocks returned 12% to investors in 2017. The largest percent ratio in global stock indices for 2017.

Nigeria recently got out of an economic recession, a recession  that has not occurred in the country in the last twenty five years, so for stocks to be hitting record highs while also climbing out of a recession is a plausible feat.

2018 has begun, so will Nigeria markets continue to flourish? This may be the beginning. -SB

NIGERIA & SOUTH AFRICA EXIT RECESSION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By: Economic & Finance Report

Two of Africa’s biggest economies have officially exited recession.  In the second quarter of 2017, Nigeria’s economy improved by 0.55%, a large part attributed to Nigeria’s growing agri sector (agriculture); as well as Nigeria’s oil production stabilizing again.

South Africa economy grew by 2.5% also attributed by their economy’s agri sector also. Nigeria for the past 25 years had not been in a recession, so when the country contracted this past year; it took many people by surprise, while in South Africa many economic factors played into its recession, especially from the finance sector and government interference tailgaiting corruption scandals. -SB

*The National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria & South Africa provided current  statistical data*

DISCUSSION OF NIGERIA & LIBYA CAPPING OIL PRODUCTION NOT ON TABLE, FOR NOW (OPEC)

By: Economic & Finance Report

 

OPEC has insisted that oil output from Libya and Nigeria are not on the agenda in meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia next month to discus the pact OPEC members currently made to reduce oil supply flow.

Nigeria will cap oil production if it can maintain 1.8 barrels pumping, while Libya wants to maintain 1.25 barrels of oil flow. Libya and Nigeria are currently exempt from the curbing of oil production by OPEC. -SB

NIGERIAN PILOT BECOMES FIRST AFRICAN TO FLY AROUND THE GLOBE SOLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By: Economic & Finance Report

Throughout history and throughout world expenditures, there are great events that take place globally that exhibit strong recognition; this happens to be one of them.

On March 29, 2017 a Nigerian pilot by the name of Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin became the first African to fly around the world by himself.  37 year old Lola Odujinrin, is a pilot for Air Djibouti, and he began this exciting journey around the world; beginning in September 2016, and he completed his journey Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC.

Odujinrin stopped in more then 15 countries and and 5 continents throughout his trip. His name will now be recorded in the history books, along with other great pilots. Congrats to Mr. Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin, for this tremendous feat. -SB