Zimbabwe: Secz Pushes for Women Participation in Capital Markets

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe (SECZ) is working to encourage greater women participation on the local capital markets.

Zimbabwe’s capital markets regulator recently hosted the third edition of the “Women in Capital Markets” webinar series, which ran under the theme: ‘How to invest: Practical steps to take’. The webinar covered the basics of how to start investing on local capital markets.

The Sunday Mail Editor, Victoria Ruzvidzo moderated the discussion with SECZ head of investor education, Farai Mpofu co-hosting the event.

Panelists were women who are actively involved in the capital markets, namely, Rumbidzai Dahwa Chaavure, a retail investor; Simbiso Musa, investment manager at the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) and Tevian Chauraya, a senior equities dealer at Old Mutual Securities.

Chaavure shared her experiences as a retail investor, attributing reading and researching as tools that equipped her to become knowledgeable about investing in the capital markets.

Despite having no prior experience or exposure to the capital markets, Chaavure has over time become an avid and active retail investor.

The webinar saw a number of tips being shared on what to look out for when choosing stocks to buy.

Chaavure said key elements she usually looks at include, the company’s performance over the last few years (ideally going back at least five years), whether it has grown in terms of its earnings, the strategy model and how much of it has been implemented, management competence and ethics, analyst comments and the company’s dividend policy.

When looking at dividend policy this encompasses, when they last paid dividends to shareholders, how often they pay dividends, and their short and medium plans which determine if they will be paying dividends or reinvesting funds they have.

“In investing, you get as much as you put in,” said Chaavure.

An individual is more likely to gain favourable returns if he or she invests more. She added that her short-term investment yielded tangible benefits that were sufficient for her to acquire a new vehicle.

For her long-term investments, Rumbidzai highlighted that she sets aside a percentage of her salary for investing and that all dividends are re-invested.

With years of experience working as a senior equities dealer, Tevian Chauraya spoke about the tools to start the investing journey.

She recommended selecting a licensed broker to explain the different types of investments, as well as the requirements for opening an investment account with a broker, or using platforms such as ZSE Direct and C-Trade; the importance of funding one’s account to avoid settlement failure and the minimum initial investment of $500.

Chauraya encouraged women participating in the capital markets to view trading as a journey which they need to see through to the end.

The Zimbabwean market and its constant economic shifts mean investors should be patient, agile, and curious to keep abreast of what is happening within the company they have investments in. Being an investor involves trial and error, and one gains experience and confidence over time.

Investment manager, Simbiso Musa shared her insights. She described herself as risk-averse and mentioned the universal rule to establish short and long-term investment goals.

With 11 years experience in the capital markets, Musa said becoming a successful investor is a skill honed over time.

The panellists also discussed the culture of saving among women where they contribute money towards “maround” (savings groups).