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Tether Gold to Hedge Against Inflation, Currency Depreciation



Tether Gold

By Adedapo Adesanya

The rampant currency depreciation witnessed across many emerging markets has intensified the case for decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and USDC as stores of value or hedging assets.

However, gold, as the most valuable asset in the world, remains highly sought after as a hedge against inflation and a store of value through market ups and downs, and this has spurred the introduction of Tether Gold.

Tether Gold (XAUT) is a digital asset that is pegged to the value of gold. Each unit of Tether Gold is linked to the price of one troy ounce of physical gold, which is stored in a vault.

Launched in 2020 by TG Commodities Limited, Tether Gold (XAU₮) is a stablecoin that provides ownership on a 1:1 basis of one fine troy ounce of gold on a physical bar of gold that meets the Good Delivery standard of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).

According to Tether Gold, this technology allows access to a stablecoin that provides ownership of physical gold while avoiding the drawbacks associated with physical gold, such as high storage costs and limited accessibility.

“Holders of XAUT obtain the combined benefits of both physical and digital assets. XAUT token holders will be able to enjoy ownership of gold while avoiding drawbacks associated with physical gold, such as high storage costs and limited accessibility.

“Unlike fiat paper currency, coins, or other assets, gold has maintained its value throughout the ages. People see gold as a way to pass on and preserve their wealth from one generation to the next.”

In an interview, Tether’s Chief Technology Officer, Mr Paolo Ardoino, added that gold is an excellent hedge against inflation because its price tends to rise when the cost-of-living increases. In this unprecedented time in which central banks print more money than ever, gold is a great choice to store your wealth because of its scarcity.

According to Tether, putting gold on a blockchain unlocks a variety of characteristics that typically only crypto assets possess:

Tether Gold tokens provide undivided ownership rights to gold on the specified gold bar(s). the allocated gold is identifiable with a unique serial number, purity, and weight, so the XAU₮ holders can easily check the details of the gold bars associated with their address.

Owning physical assets on the blockchain provides you with the combined benefits of both physical and digital assets. As a XAUt token holder, users will be able to enjoy ownership of gold while avoiding drawbacks associated with physical gold, such as high storage costs and limited accessibility.

Another advantage is the constant availability of a digital token. Tether Gold tokens are available on markets operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It means that when the traditional markets for gold are closed, it’s still possible to buy or sell Tether Gold tokens.

With Tether Gold tokens, users have the possibility to redeem them for physical gold or USD fiat currency.

One of the main advantages of Tether Gold is that it provides investors with exposure to gold without the need for physical ownership. This means that investors do not have to worry about the storage and insurance of the metal, which can be costly and cumbersome.

Second, the cryptocurrency is an ERC-20 token, meaning it can be moved easily on the Ethereum blockchain and transferred to different addresses. Tether Gold holders have ownership rights to specific physical bars and can identify the details with a unique serial number. They can even redeem their tokens for the real thing by going through a verification process.

“The holder’s physical gold can be delivered to a location of their choice in Switzerland, or the holder can request that TG Commodities Limited attempt to sell the gold and receive the cash proceeds from that sale.”

Compared to other crypto assets, Tether Gold is also a stable investment tool, which means that it is less volatile than other digital assets that are not backed by any underlying assets.

As such, Tether Gold provides investors with a way to diversify their portfolio by adding an asset that has traditionally been considered a safe haven. Gold has historically been viewed as a reliable store of value, and Tether Gold allows investors to combine the security of gold with the convenience and accessibility of a digital asset.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.


Subsidy Removal: CNG at N130 Per Litre Cheaper Than Petrol—IPMAN




By Adedapo Adesanya

The Independent Petroleum Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has advised Nigerians to begin to look into the direction of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as an alternative energy source to cushion the effect of subsidy removal.

The National President of IPMAN, Mr Chinedu Okorokwo, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, as the federal government continues its dialogue with the organised labour over the hike in the price of premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol.

On May 29, 2023, during his inaugural speech, President Bola Tinubu said the payment of subsidy for fuel had ended because there was no provision for it in the 2023 budget beyond June 30.

His announcement triggered the hoarding of fuel by marketers, and when the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited increased the price of the product across its retail outlets, prices of food, transportation and services went up, forcing the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to threaten a nationwide strike, which was supposed to start today but was stopped by the National Industrial Court.

At a meeting on Monday night between the government and the labour unions, it was agreed that the adoption of CNG as an alternative fuel would be the best option, and it was agreed that the CNG conversion programme earlier planned in 2021 should be revived.

CNG, which is a gas mainly composed of methane and produces less emission, is the cleanest burning fuel operating today with less vehicle maintenance and longer engine life.

In the interview with NAN, Mr Okoronkwo said bringing CNG, which was cheaper than even firewood, as an alternative energy, would create relief for the government and its citizens.

“We have also discovered that bringing an alternative that is cheaper than even firewood which is CNG, will not only create relief for the government and its citizens but it is environmentally friendly.

“The CNG is abundantly available in Nigeria than anywhere in Africa.

“In the Niger Delta region, you see billions of tonnes of gas flare being wasted daily, these are huge amounts that should be accruing to our GDP, but we are wasting it because there is no market for it.

“So, we are asking the government to create the market. How do you create the market?

“What Egypt and India did was to give soft loans to be paid back within stipulated periods; from there, you can get vehicles to use gas instead of fuel,” he said.

“There’s a franchise for the bottling of CNG so that an average woman in the kitchen can use it,’’ he added, noting that the introduction of CNG would cushion the effect occasioned by the high price of fuel currently as a litre of CNG would not cost more than N130.

He advised that repairing the local refineries as well would reduce the impact of the removal as it would eliminate the cost of importation and exportation.

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Nigeria Upgrades Tax-to-GDP Ratio to 10.86% From 6%



tax-to-GDP ratio

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has disclosed that Nigeria’s tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio has been upwardly reviewed to 10.86 per cent from the 6 per cent earlier reported to reflect better data sources and improved estimation using the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) manual.

The OECD manual is an improvement over the System of National Accounts (SNA 2008) classification of taxes.

Although the System of National Accounts conceptual framework and its definitions of the various sectors of the economy are reflected in the OECD’s classification of taxes, the OECD classifications provide the maximum disaggregation of statistical data on what is generally regarded as taxes by tax administrations.

In a disclosure, the statistics office said the country’s total tax revenue compared with its GDP was at that level in 2021, higher than 8.40 per cent in 2020, which was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the previous year, the ratio was 10.20 per cent, marginally lower than the 10.36 per cent recorded in 2018 but higher than the 9.02 per cent in 2017.

The NBS said the revised computation considered more comprehensive coverage of data at the federal, state, and local government levels and revenue items not previously included in the computations, particularly relevant revenue collected by other government agencies.

The review of the tax-to-GDP ratio was initiated by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, which collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Finance and the NBS for better measurement of the ratio.

The data used were sourced from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), FIRS, NBS, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Joint Tax Board (JTB), and other relevant agencies of government that collect revenue.

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VFD Group to Join Nigerian Exchange After Exit From NASD



VFD Group

By Adedapo Adesanya

VFD Group Plc has announced its intention to list its shares on the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX) after leaving the NASD Over-the-Counter Securities Exchange, where it has been trading its stocks for the past three years.

This development, according to analysts, is a strategic move that would allow the company to gain access to public equity markets, increase its visibility, and strengthen its financial position.

VFD Group Plc is a leading proprietary investment company with a proven track record of generating attractive returns for its investors through a variety of investment strategies.

The company has a diverse portfolio of investments in various sectors, including banking, technology, media, energy, and real estate. The group has been listed on the NASD OTC Securities Exchange since 2020.

Speaking on this big step, Mr Nonso Okpala, Group Managing Director of VFD Group, stated, “We are excited to take this next step in the evolution of our company.”

“Listing on a major stock exchange will give us access to a larger pool of investors, enhance our profile, and provide superior returns to our investors,” he added.

With the intention of listing on the NGX, the company will delist from the NASD and is subject to regulatory approvals and market conditions.

VFD Group noted that it would provide additional updates as the listing process progresses.

At the close of business on Tuesday, the securities of the organisation closed on the NASD OTC exchange at N244.88 per unit, the same rate they finished in the preceding trading session.

Business Post reports that the NASD was created to provide an avenue for public companies to transition smoothly into the country’s main stock exchange.

However, it has witnessed the movement of firms from the NGX to the NASD, especially due to the very strict regulatory requirements by the former.

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