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Cards or Shares?

One Friday night, Piggy took some time to visit one of the largest casinos in the country. As expected, he was alarmed by the large scores of people that gathered there. Getting parking was a big struggle as the venue was extremely packed. As Piggy entered and walked into the main casino area, he felt like he had stepped into a trading floor on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The atmosphere was charged, every player was focused on the porker machines and over-head screens where displaying the sums of money that had been won in the previous weeks and months – in millions. Meanwhile, others were busy on the poker tables, rolling the dice.

While most people would like to think of it as entertainment, one observation made by Piggy was that it was more than just the games. Everyone in the room had a drive and passion to win and most importantly, they all trusted that the poker machines were programmed to give everyone a fair chance or probability of winning. Of course, there is an element of excitement when it comes to betting and casino in general. The same can also be said of stock market trading given the fact that traders have the potential to experience the rewards of successful investment and trading decisions.

Most people often think that one needs an Economics or Finance degree in order to trade shares on stock markets but the truth is that any person, with extensive or very little trading experience, can trade shares successfully. For example, the latest global news headlines have been on Brexit and Trade Wars. International investors are also looking for safe haven investments such as gold.  The trading game is simple – all you need is to follow the markets and act on the right information.  Through online share trading, retail investors can now have direct market access (DMA) on global stock markets such as the JSE and NYSE.

In Zimbabwe, a new exciting development has happened, which is C-Trade. This is a home grown solution that enables anyone to access the Zimbabwe stock markets in real time from anywhere, anytime using everyday basic gadgets. Access is through USSD, the C-Trade Mobile App and the web portal (  The greatest advantage is that C-TRADE is used in a market which is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe (SECZ) and as such, it provides for investor protection.

So the big question is; where would you put your hard-earned money? In cards or shares? C-TRADE benefits investors in that it brings efficiency in the stock market as it allows anyone – be it the formally employed or those in the informal sector to become shareholders in companies of their choices anytime from anywhere.  The platform also gives Zimbabweans in the diaspora a chance to invest in shares with enhanced simplicity without asking anyone home to do it for them. They can even monitor their portfolios in real time! Funding the C-Trade account has been made easy by the developers (Escrow Systems) as this can be done through EcoCash. Those outside the country can also make use of payment platforms such as VISA and MasterCard.

So what are you waiting for?  The time will never be just right. Register for free today. Simply download the C-TRADE mobile app from Google Playstore or visit Alternatively dial *727# across all mobile networks in Zimbabwe and you will be good to go!

Join a WhatsApp based social trading group today by following the link;

Download the Android App using the link;

Open a Free IronFX Demo Trading Account today in three simple steps by following the link;