Economy, OpinionAugust 13, 2018

Trees! A rapidly growing investment opportunity
Duncan Logan, the CEO of RocketSpace, made an interesting observation last year; “You only get 40 attempts at farming. From your 20’s to your 60’s, you get 40 seasons. In tech you get 40 attempts a week.”. His message is clear, technology will pave the future of farming for decades (perhaps longer) to come. Investment […]

Economy, OpinionAugust 8, 2018

An effort to demystify ‘refinancing’
The past week has been interesting specifically around the unfolding ‘refinancing’ discussions by the general public. This was brought to the fore after the President raised the subject with the President of Turkey. Listening to the ensuing debates and discussions was perhaps as interesting as to those debates and discussions that unfolded on the topic […]

Opinion, StrategyAugust 3, 2018

HLB Reliance Zambia at 10
Its 17 00hrs and I just beat traffic to get to Radisson blu Hotel to attend a birthday. You might be wondering why a financial news website would be writing about a birthday. Well, it’s not just any birthday. Its HLB Reliance Zambia’s 10th birthday or anniversary depending on your cup of tea. We have […]

Economy, OpinionJuly 29, 2018

Land of Rising Sun Sends Business Envoys to Zambia
So, on a day that was declared a public holiday by the Head of State, I decided to do what a typical entrepreneur ought to do in their spare time: Network. By chance, I had heard of the arrival of 50 business delegates from Japan from various industries such as agriculture and construction who would […]

Opinion, StrategyJuly 27, 2018

Business Lessons From The Real CR7 Love Story!
It’s the summer of 2009 and the football world is witnessing the biggest transfer of its time. The sweet smiling boy from Madeira tipped for the biggest things in the world of football has just completed a switch from the “red devils” to the “white angels” in a record 80 million pound deal. Florentino Perez, […]

Economy, OpinionJuly 25, 2018

Should the Argument of Hidden Debt still rage on?
It is no secret that the IMF has been dating Zambia for several months now as two of Zambia’s Finance Ministers have attempted to secure a deal to plug in the fiscal hole of USD 1.3 billion. To take you back, it was the eruption of reports in Mozambique that hidden debt existed caused an […]

StrategyJuly 11, 2018

Listed notes: Options for Izwe’s capital raising
On 7th May 2018, the Board of Izwe Loans Zambia Limited announced its intention (through SENS Announcement on LuSE) of reviewing and considering various strategic growth opportunities that included pursing a listing on the local exchange. Fast forward to present day, the board further reiterated through their Company Secretary HLB Zambia that holders of its […]

StrategyJune 14, 2018

Brand Utility: Could this be the answer for SMEs remaining relevant?
As I sat down and reflected on the prospects of the company Roman and I had created, it soon dawned on me the weight of responsibility that stood on our shoulders as founders of Financial Insight. We are an SME and like many, we have been dreading year 2 of our existence. What is worse, […]

EconomyJune 6, 2018

Anatomy of a Depreciating Currency – Why the Kwacha tumbles
There has been continued concern over the depreciation of the kwacha. The local currency has seen most of its value eroded, and most FX analysts fear that it could depreciate further. On 1st June 2018, the currency closed at 10.3 against the USD. Historically, the kwacha hit its lowest point in November 2015, when it […]

EconomyJune 5, 2018

Bonds and Sentiment
Bonds are an interesting financial instrument. An entity lends money to a borrower who in turn agrees to pay back the amount with periodic payments during the tenor known as coupons at an agreed rate. It’s simple right? Well, not so simple as we are beginning to learn from the Eurobonds. To unpack it, it […]