The government has reportedly allowed ZSE to resume trading but 3 counters Old Mutual, PPC and Seed Co International will not be allowed to trade on the country’s stock exchange when trading resumes, Business Times reports.
The fungible securities according to the publication were suspended in March:
The three fungible securities that will not be allowed to trade are Old Mutual, PPC and Seed Co International which will have to trade on a to-be established foreign currency exchange, according to people familiar with the developments.
The trio’s fungibility was suspended for a year in March. Modalities on how the trades in the fungible securities will work are being worked out with a series of meetings being held this week.
In explaining fungibility and fungible stock Investopedia said:
Fungibility is the ability of a good or asset to be interchanged with other individual goods or assets of the same type. Fungible assets simplify the exchange and trade processes, as fungibility implies equal value between the assets.
Fungibility implies that two things are identical in specification, where individual units can be mutually substituted. For example, specific grades of commodities, such as No. 2 yellow corn, are fungible because it does not matter where the corn was grown; all corn designated as No. 2 yellow corn is worth the same amount.Cross-listed stocks, which are identical shares of stock listed on the home country exchange and multiple global exchanges, are also considered fungible. The shares represent the same ownership interest in a firm, whether you purchased them on the New York Stock Exchange or the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Although fungibility is commonly associated with finance, it is also found in other disciplines, such as quantum physics.
Old Mutual share price’s fungibility was being used by different organisations to determine the parallel market exchange rate what was called the old mutual implied rate(OMIR).
The ruling party Zanu PF is already lobbying for the delisting of Old Mutual as they blame the property giant for fuelling the runaway exchange rate.
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