5 Deflation-Busting Zimbabwean Stocks (and 2 to Avoid)


With memories of hyperinflation still fresh, Zimbabweans now wrestle with a deflationary economy.

Here are five stocks that can help blunt its impact, and two more that investors would do best to avoid.


Here’s How to Profit From Tanzania’s Quiet Rise

CRDB Bank and Tanzania's Growth

It might be time to brush up on your Swahili.

Tanzania looks to be one of the world’s biggest economic success stories over the next five years. While its dynamic neighbor to the north grabs most of the headlines, the unassuming East African nation has strung together 12 consecutive years of +6% GDP growth. And there’s no end in sight.

Here’s a stock that both local and foreign investors can buy to participate in the country’s expansion.


Bralirwa: A Rwandan Stock That Pours Out Profits

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Christian Sirikali recalls enjoying Bralirwa’s products as a child in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Now a chartered account, Sirikali looks at the brewer through an investor’s lenses and likes what he sees.


Building the African Dream: Two Kenyan Infrastructure Stocks

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Infrastructure is a key pillar of the sub-Saharan Africa investment thesis. The hopes and dreams of Africa’s rising consumer class need to be powered by electricity, transported by road and rail, and anchored by new homes and workplaces.

Here. Jan Schalkwijk, CFA takes a closer look at two Kenyan companies capitalizing on East Africa’s infrastructure boom.


Stock Tips for a Senegalese-American Hip Hop Star

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Your success as a singer, songwriter, and producer is nothing short of remarkable. I’m sure you never dreamed while a boy in Dakar, Senegal that one day your music would dominate record charts, or that you would perform with the likes of Michael Jackson, or earn an eight-figure income. You’ve been ranked among the most powerful celebrities in the world, and I’m sure your upcoming album will add to your long list of achievements.

True, your success wasn’t overnight or without controversy. But you seem to sincerely want to give back and do good in the world.

Moreover, you’re serious about investing in the continent that you call home. You write about it in songs. You talk about it in interviews. You even own a South African diamond mine.

Could we talk a little bit about that last one?


Kenya’s Dividend Kings: Two Stocks for Income Investors

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It’s tough to beat a company that pays out a regular dividend.

They generate income for shareholders. They typically boast sharp management teams. And, historically, their shares have outperformed their non-dividend-paying counterparts.

The Nairobi Securities Exchange is chock full of dividend stocks. Almost all companies listed on the market presently pay a dividend.

But not all dividend stocks are created equal. Some don’t yield much in relation to their price. Others pay out so much of their earnings that it hampers their future growth. And some disappoint shareholders with frequent dividend cuts.

So, which Kenyan stocks offer the most substantial, reliable, and growing income stream?

Let’s take a closer look.


A Simple System to Stalk Super African Stocks

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The stock market can be a pretty confusing, intimidating place for new investors.

With all of its charts, ratios, and jargon, it’s clear why many people choose to either hire a professional to manage their stock portfolios or to ignore stocks altogether.

Are you one of these people?

If so, I’m glad you’re here, because, today, I’m going to show you a magic formula for picking great African stocks.


Is Africa’s Greatest Grocer a Bargain Stock?

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If you’ve ever traveled in Southern Africa, I’m sure you’ve spotted a Shoprite store. Whether it be the bright red logo of their eponymous supermarkets, the upscale suburban Checkers stores, or their Hungry Lion fast food joints, the company’s dominant market presence is difficult to miss.

Clearly, Shoprite feeds a continent on the rise.

This reality is anything but revelatory to Africa investors. The company’s share price has risen exponentially as the narrative of the continent’s emerging middle class took hold.

The stock now sports a P/E ratio of 27. Is it worthy of the hype?


10 South African Stocks Poised to Beat the Market in 2013

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It’s time to stick my neck out.

I’ve talked a lot about the past performance of various African stocks, and I’ve asked a number of local experts for their favorite listings. But I haven’t often gone out on a limb and made picks of my own, and many of you have noticed.

So, it’s only fair that I go on record with my best bets.

Here are my top South African stock picks. I expect that, on average, they will outperform the Johannesburg Stock Exchange All Share Index over the next 12 months.


Is KCB Bank Group Kenya’s Choicest Stock?

Kamanda Morara, Ashanti Research

When I asked my friend Kamanda Morara of Ashanti Research for his best Kenyan stock pick for 2013 in mid-December, I had no idea that his choice would bear fruit so quickly.

His tip, KCB Bank Group (KNCB:KN), was trading at a price of KES27.50 at that time. This gave it a dividend yield of 6.7% and a trailing P/E ratio of just 6.5.

Someone must have been eavesdropping on our conversation.

The stock now boasts a price of KES33.50 — a gain of nearly 22% in less than two months.

So, I checked back in with Kamanda last week to congratulate him and to ask whether he felt KCB still had room to run.