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.


The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange’s 5 Best Performers of 2013

Tobacco growers performed well on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 2013

It was a terrific year at the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The market’s main index climbed 31%.

Surprising, isn’t it? With a disputed election result, tougher indigenization laws, and under-capitalized banks, you’d think investors would be sizing up a good mattress to hide their hard-earned savings under – not investing in stocks.

But while the mood in Harare may have been gloomy, foreign investors saw relatively inexpensive assets, priced in dollars, in an economy with relatively cheap foreign exchange controls. And they swamped the market. Foreigners accounted for more than 80% of trade volume during the second half of the year.

Curious to see what they were bidding on?

Here’s a countdown of Zimbabwe’s top stocks of 2013.


How Can I Invest in the African Seed Industry?

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Hi Ryan,

This is going to sound a little strange, but both my girlfriend and I, days apart, had dreams where we were shown that it would be good to invest in African seeds. It was clear in both dreams that it had something to do with actual plant seeds.

I’ve never received investing advice in a dream before, but when my girlfriend had the same advice in her dream, after not knowing anything about my dream, I started to wonder.


The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange’s New Website Is Fantastic

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After a bewilderingly long, one-year hiatus, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange once again has a website.

It was definitely worth the wait.

Among African stock exchange websites, the ZSE has, in my view, moved from worst to first. Here’s why.


Bargain Hunting on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

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The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange trounced all other African markets during the month of May. Could this be a signal that Zimbabwean stock values are ready to surge? To help answer this question, I asked a few Zimbabwe market experts to provide some insight on the exchange and to give me their take on nine of its most prominent shares.


How to Invest on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange


Last week, we took a look at sub-Saharan Africa’s top-performing stocks of 2011. Zimbabwean firms dominated the list. In light of this, I thought it might be helpful to run through the details of actually buying and selling stock on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.