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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Financial Repression
Piggy notes that financial repression describes measures by which governments channel funds from the private sector to themselves as a form of debt reduction. The overall policy actions result in the government being able to borrow at extremely low interest rates, obtaining low-cost funding for government expenditures. This action also results in savers earning rates…

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