Nigeria’s money supply, specifically the M1 money supply category, witnessed a slight decline of 0.56 percent in August 2023, dropping from N24.16 trillion in July to N24.02 trillion. This development, though marginal, is noteworthy as it includes currency in circulation and funds in deposit accounts that can be readily converted into cash.
M1 money supply plays a crucial role in measuring the liquidity and accessibility of funds within an economy. It reflects the immediate cash assets available to individuals and businesses for transactions and payments.
Data sourced from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also indicated a minimal decrease of 0.03 percent in the broader money supply category, M3, which fell from N65.47 trillion in the previous month to N65.45 trillion in August.
While these reductions may appear modest, economic experts like Yemi Kale, Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG Nigeria, suggest that they may be considered within the scope of regular fluctuations in economic activities. The intricate dynamics of the economy often result in minor shifts in money supply figures.
Kale emphasized that the significance of these declines should not be overstated, as they do not necessarily signal a significant economic downturn. Instead, they may be attributed to the natural ebb and flow of financial transactions and liquidity within the Nigerian economy.
The resilience of the Nigerian economy in the face of such minor variations is a testament to its stability and adaptability. As economic activities continue, experts and policymakers will closely monitor these figures to ensure that any significant shifts are promptly addressed, fostering a healthy and dynamic financial environment for businesses and individuals alike.