Zimbabwe dollar stable against US dollar


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The Zimbabwe dollar maintained its stability against the United States dollar easing by nine cents at today’s foreign currency auction to average $85.5097 against last week’s $85.4234.

The central bank seems so confident of the stability that it introduced a $50 note months after this was announced.

A total of 840 bids worth US$42.3 million were approved, bringing the total so far allotted this year to US$961.9 million.

Business and some politicians have argued that the auction rate is being manipulated.

United States economist Steve Hanke says the black market rate is $142 to the greenback. He, however, says using that rate, inflation in Zimbabwe is now at 46.16%.

Officially it is 106.6%. The central bank expects it to drop to 55% this month and to less than 25% by the end of the year.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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