Angola Overtakes Nigeria as Owner of Most Battered Oil Currency

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by Paul Wallace

Oil currencies have been hammered since crude prices crashed almost four years ago, and none more so than Angola’s.

After a series of devaluations that started in January, the OPEC member’s kwanza has now lost 55 percent of its value against the dollar since June 2014, when Brent crude began its slide from a peak of $115 a barrel.

It’s overtaken Nigeria’s naira as the worst-performing major oil currency in that period, excluding crisis-ridden Venezuela’s bolivar.

Russia’s currency is not far behind. The ruble, floated in late 2014 after the central bank gave up trying to defend it, recovered in 2016 and 2017 along with oil prices. But the U.S.’s new sanctions against Russian oligarchs and listed companies last week hit the nation’s assets hard. The ruble is down 9 percent versus the greenback this week, extending its loss since mid-2014 to 47 percent.

Worst of a Bad Bunch

Among major oil currencies, Angola’s has lost the most since the 2014 crash

Source: Bloomberg

Note: Excludes Venezuela

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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