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Broker says 2016 difficult to predict

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One of Malawi’s stock brokers has said following the dismal performance of the local bourse in 2015, it is difficult to predict the markets’ performance this year.

FDH Stockbrokers Manager Nelson Mkwende said in an interview that no one in the market is currently sure as to what the economic environment in Malawi will be this year.

He said the hostile economic environment of 2015 was a key factor for the uncertainty currently prevailing on the market.

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“It really hinges on how the economic environment will turn out.

“If the government can create a conducive economic environment, that will be a huge step into the right direction in the year,” he said.

Mkwende said the Malawi stock market is currently not attractive to both foreign and local investors and that it is also not advanced in terms of trading and settlement systems.

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“Our market looks too shallow to most investors and we have not made significant strides over the years to deepen it,” he said.

He said, however, that the local bourse has huge potential and that if just one more company can be listed on the market during the year it will be a huge booster of activity during the year.

“And that cannot be completely ruled out,” said Mkwende.

He said other factors that could build excitement on the stock market could be trading at discount prices of some stocks.

“If all these factors can be sorted out then we can have an attractive investment environment, both for local and foreign investors,” he said.

The Malawi Stock Exchange currently has fourteen counters.

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