Articles tagged 'banks'

Zim's 2017 inflation forecast at 2-3pc 10 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s inflation is forecast to rise to around two to three percent at the end of this year, before accelerating sharply in 2018 due to election spending. The annual inflation rate, which had been in deflation since September 2014, moved into positive territory from -0,65 percent ...
'Back new bond notes with more US dollars' 4 August 2017 HARARE - The move by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to increase the current $200m bond notes in the Zimbabwean economy to $500m must be backed by equivalent amounts of US dollars to help defend the value peg, the NKC African Economics think-tank has said. To allay market fears that the int...
Zim targets 2-3pc inflation 4 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is targeting an annual inflation rate of between two percent to three percent this year, in line with the regional benchmark, after a two-year deflation streak was snapped in February. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya on Wednesday said although inflation is exp...
New strategies needed to mitigate cash crisis 4 August 2017 HARARE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s decision to introduce an additional $300 million bond notes will not help ease the current cash crisis. There was a lot of excitement and apprehension last year when the central bank introduced the $200 million Afreximbank-backed bond notes, with the maj...
Banks record $100m profit 3 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean banks have made $100,59 million profit in the half year to June 30, 2017, representing an increase of 47,99 percent from $67,97 million reported in corresponding period last year, the central bank has said. Presenting his mid-term monetary policy statement yesterday, Reserv...
Banking sector growth to slow down 20 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's financial sector growth is anticipated to slow down to 1,7 percent after bankers smiled all the way to the bank and recorded a 42 percent profit surge last year, data from the World Bank shows. In its recently released economic update, the Bretton Woods Institution pointed ...
Bond notes to raise export earnings: Mangudya 19 July 2017 HARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya clocked three years at the helm of the apex bank in March this year. Our Business Editor, John Kachembere, spoke to the central bank chief who is at the cusp of concluding talks with the Afreximbank for a loan facility to back an i...
RBZ set to inject more bond notes 18 July 2017 HARARE - Government is set to inject more bond notes into the system in what is likely to significantly ease the cash crisis with negotiations for a top-up of the initial $200 million facility now at an advanced stage, the Daily News can exclusively reveal. Without disclosing the figure being ...
Zim inflation slows 18 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s inflation, which has been increasing in the last six months, has gone down slightly as the effects of cash shortages and depressed spending by consumers begin to be felt. Figures released yesterday by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) indicated that prices i...
Zim banks see profits skyrocket 14 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean banks are seeing their profits skyrocket despite the tough operating environment, making more money from trading and mostly electronic transactions, financial research firm Equity Axis has said. CBZ, Barclays, NMB, ZB and Agribank — the only banks that have released their t...
Cash crisis symptom of broken Zim economy: Mangudya 13 July 2017 HARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya yesterday said the current cash crisis is a symptom of a broken economy. “People are asking the wrong questions, it's not about the currency but about the economy which is not performing,” he said. This comes as government is st...
Mangudya seeks to plug black market 12 July 2017 HARARE - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is planning to plug the parallel financial markets and ease the current cash crisis by re-establishing Bureaux de Changes, more than 15 years after they were closed. Bureaux de Changes were shut down in December 2002 amid allegations that they were a...
'Govt causing cash crisis' 4 July 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's government is responsible for the current cash crisis due to its high level expenditure and the widening budget deficit, economist Ashok Chakravarti has said. The veteran economist said government’s excessive spending, with more than 91 percent of this year’s $3,7 billion n...
Zimra, RBZ act on bond notes leakages 1 July 2017 VICTORIA FALLS - The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is engaging the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) to institute stringent controls at the border posts to plug the leakage of bond notes into neighbouring countries. This comes after it emerged that large sums of bond notes are being spirited...
Bond notes running out as banks give out coins 20 June 2017 HARARE - Long-suffering Zimbabweans are now being forced to accept huge sackfuls of coins from their banks and mobile money agents as bond notes vanish from the local market on the back of currency dealers who are either hoarding them for speculative purposes or taking the surrogate into the blac...
Zanu PF chefs bleed banks dry 19 June 2017 HARARE – Politicians, particularly the elite in Zanu PF, are proving to be a thorn in the flesh for the financial services sector, with hardly a month passing without the Deputy Sheriff being called in to put assets of defaulting politicians under the hammer in order to offset their non-performin...
Zanu PF costs Zimbos dearly 28 May 2017 HARARE - Analysts say with the make-or-break 2018 national elections around the corner — coupled with the warring ruling Zanu PF continuing with its destructive policies of the past 37 years — there is little prospect that the dying local economy will turn around anytime soon. At the same time...
Alarm as govt mulls Z$ return 21 May 2017 HARARE - There is widespread panic among both businesses and ordinary Zimbabweans alike, after President Robert Mugabe's ever-floundering government ill-advisedly announced last Tuesday that it was working on “a plan” to use gold reserves to anchor the reintroduction of the much-derided Zim dolla...
Stressed banks weep over cash shortages 20 May 2017 HARARE - Bankers yesterday broke their silence over the country's worsening cash shortages — confirming in the process that even bond notes are disappearing from the formal market, amid concerns that the surrogate currency is now being traded in neighbouring countries by unscrupulous dealers. ...
Zanu PF must stem cash crisis: Mandiwanzira 19 May 2017 HARARE - The ruling Zanu PF government must do more to relieve long-suffering Zimbabweans from a cash crisis that has forced many to spend hours on end in bank queues, Information Communication Technology (ICT) minister Supa Mandiwanzira said. The Nyanga South Zanu PF MP said the situation is ...
Inflation gathers momentum 16 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate accelerated to 0,48 percent in April this year from 0,21 percent in March, the national statistics agency said yesterday. But analysts said the increase had more to do with pricing vagaries than increased economic activity as food prices has been incre...
Vingirai demands $2,7m from ZB 15 May 2017 HARARE - Businessman Nicholas Vingirai has demanded $2,7 million from ZB Financial Holdings (ZBFH) in accruing dividends for the past 11 years. In a letter written to ZBFH company secretary Charles Kathemba, Vingirai — who was ousted from the financial services group’s board at a tension-fille...
Economy growing despite cash crisis: Mnangagwa 12 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's economy is growing, despite the myriad problems — including a deepening cash crisis — dogging the country, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the National Assembly on Wednesday. He said the growth is driven by a better than expected agriculture season and a boost in min...
Stressed Zim cries for rands 10 May 2017 HARARE - With the current acute cash crisis worsening by the day, experts have made renewed calls for the country to adopt the South African rand as Zimbabwe's anchor currency, to stem an impending economic implosion. This comes as Parliament has summoned under-pressure Reserve Bank of Zimbabw...
Rising food prices the next big threat 9 May 2017 HARARE - In yet another dose of bad news for long-suffering Zimbabweans, a local firm has warned that the country’s inflation will continue to rise, resulting in rising food prices as manufacturing companies turn to the thriving black market for their foreign exchange needs to import raw material...