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The Economic Integration Theme

Several economists contend that economic integration can improve the welfare of individual countries. Piggy notes that the definition of economic integration encompasses all the different agreements between countries that include the elimination of trade barriers and aligning monetary and fiscal policies which then leads to a more inter-connected global economy. In fact, another term to…

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The Productivity Discussion

On the 11th of October 2022, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised its growth forecast for 2023 for the euro area to 0.5%, down from 2.5% at the start of the year. Piggy has observed similar downgrades right across different regions and individual countries. In a nutshell, it is envisaged that global power shortages could…

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Passion Investing

Investing is no longer driven by just ticker symbols and traditional asset classes such as shares, properties, and commodities. This has changed as there is now room for passion-aligned investing that extends from digital art to sports clips and cat cartoons. A new trend that is baffling many is that of the investment in Non-Fungible…

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Form Gold Investment Clubs!

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has now introduced gold coins to the market with a strategic intent of boosting savings and investments in the broader economy.  The gold coins are available in both local currency (ZWL) and United States Dollars (USD) (and other foreign currencies) at a price based on the prevailing international price of…

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The Collaborative Economy

The collaborative or sharing economy is an emerging phenomenon that is shaping the cultural, economic and social landscape of the modern world. Applications of the sharing economy concept have found their way into various areas. For example, in finance, the collaborative economy means person-to-person banking and crowd-driven investment models that decentralise finance, with examples including…

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A golden opportunity

Piggy has noted with interest that the norm amongst most investors all over the world is that they tend to buy and hold gold during periods of uncertainty. This includes periods when there are geopolitical risks such as the Russian/Ukraine war as well as global pandemics. Another trend is that investors are increasingly looking at…

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Playing the housing backlog theme

While the economic outlook in Zimbabwe remains uncertain on the back of local and global headwinds, Piggy believes that the are indeed pockets of opportunity in certain sectors. One area that is evident is the surging demand for houses. There is a clear preference for affordable suburban homes within the general populace. In fact, land…

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The Zimbabwe Annual Investor Forum

State-owned enterprises have long provided crucial infrastructure, goods, and services across different economic sectors in Zimbabwe. At their peak, Parastatals and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) formed the engine of the Zimbabwean economy with a combined contribution of c40% to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Historically, these companies raised money directly from governments, or with the benefit of…

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Business & Society

One great discussion topic and area of study has to do with defining exactly what a business is and what its obligations are to society at large and to the many stakeholders (customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers and policy makers) participating in the business environment. For most businesses, the focus has been first and foremost on…

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Saving in a Weak Economy

Piggy attended the Zimbabwe Association of Pension Funds (ZAPF) Conference that was held in Nyanga. The theme of the conference was; “Closing the Savings Gap – Restoration of Confidence in the Pensions Industry”. The conference covered critical topics affecting the industry and Piggy was particularly intrigued by the discussion topic titled, “Saving in a Weak…

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The Economics of Elections

About a decade ago, Zambia was surfing a powerful wave of optimism as the copper-driven economy registered an all-time GDP growth rate of 10.3% in 2010.  The political landscape was also stable and in 2012, Zambia joined a small club of African countries that were borrowing on international bond markets. There was strong appetite for…

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