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Kudos to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for another feather in his cap! Pakistans re-entry into the Sukuk market after a hiatus of many, many years has been completed successfully, despite all the political dharnas, which, in Dars own words, have been hampering the economy and shooing away foreign investments.
People fond of narratives would love this: each of the last four decades has witnessed a generational shift in mobile communication technology. The first-generation (1G) analog mobile technology was introduced in the 1980s. It was replaced in the 1990s by 2G, a digital standard, which added texting and basic internet to voice offering. 3G came along in the 2000s with high-speed mobile broadband. 2010s belong to 4G, which is offering tremendous video streaming capability on top of voice, data and messaging.
Even the temporary bailout by the government last year and the subsequent measures like rise in power tariffs didn stop inter-corporate circular debt from brimming. But now the market is hailing the decline in international crude oil prices to bring respite to the circular debt challenge.
The winters are upon us. So are the usual dilly-dallying tactics when it comes to providing natural gas to different sectors. The government, it appears, is yet to make up its mind on how to prioritise natural gas across sectors these winters. From the fertiliser perspective, it is imperative the SNGPL network ensures timely and adequate supply of the raw material feedstock gas, failing which could create trouble.
Sensitive price index weekly inflation index is in the negative zone! This means the price index in the third week of November is lower than what it was in the same period last year. While the wholesale, non-food, price index were already negative for the last two months. Wow, isn it cool?
Ever since the long held stay order on Takaful Rules of 2012 has been lifted, the minds of conventional insurers have been tied up in evaluating the viability of offering takaful operations. So far, only a few have been successful; where the latest in the series is Asia Insurance being all set to jump on the bandwagon.
Entrepreneurs are the drivers of economic and social development. They are the engines of growth, productivity, innovation and jobs. Entrepreneurship might be at its pinnacle in Anglo-Saxon economies but not in countries like Pakistan where it is still in its nascent stages, which is described as the factor-driven stage on the entrepreneurial scale in the latest Global Entrepreneurship Index.
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Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,827.75 0.07
Arrow Nasdaq 4,787.32 0.61
Arrow S&P 2,072.83 0.28
Arrow FTSE 6,723.42 0.09
Arrow DAX 9,974.87 0.60
Arrow CAC-40 4,382.34 0.20
Arrow Nikkei 17,248.50 0.78
Arrow H.Seng 24,004.28 0.45
Arrow Sensex 28,438.91 0.19

Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln