Yes you are right Governor; we don’t need to fret about coins!

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We woke up to an article in the Herald today, where the RBZ governor was telling us not to fret over the rejection of coins in certain sectors of the economy. Apparently the informal sector and some retailers are not accepting some coins especially those under ZWL1. This is hardly surprising as the coins, individually buy just about nothing! As usual, the governor had a solution; we should just take these to our banks! You go and queue to deposit these and then hope to be given higher denomination coins/notes. The point is we do not need any of these coins at all. If anything we need higher denomination notes. Implied annual inflation is just under 500% and our biggest note is $5. You need about 4 of those to buy a loaf of bread or a litre of diesel. So yes, you are right Doc Governor – we need not worry about those coins – we DON’T need them!

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The ‘Old Mutual Implied Rate’ is a comparison between the Old Mutual share price on the London stock exchange / the Johannesburg stock exchange and the Zimbabwe stock exchange. Effectively RTGS is valued at 1:1 with the USD, but this difference in share price gives us the implied countries exchange rate.


Real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS) is a funds transfer system where money transfer takes place from one bank to another on a “real time” basis and “gross” basis. Settlement in the “real time” means that the transaction happens almost immediately.


The Zimbabwe Bond Note is a surrogate currency issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. This was originally issued against a loan facility from the African Export-Import Bank. The Bond Note is officially 1:1 however the market seems to have significantly discounted the value of the Bond Note.


The symbol ZAR is the currency abbreviation for the South African rand.