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The subdued market participation in the first four T-bills auctions conducted in the 3Q CY13 doesn’t imply that bankers are wary of this lucrative investment avenue. The resounding comeback in the last T-bills auction held on September 18, bears testament to this (refer to article titled “T-bills revive lost charm” published in this section on September 20, 2013).
Its a self-fulfilling prophecy. The sentiments are driving rupee lower even when the fundamentals are intact and there are not many reasons to explain any further fall in the currency market. Plus, the absolute drop in rupee terms is more than it is defined in terms of percentage-and that very basic arithmetic has triggered the panic button.
Technology itself doesn discriminate across gender, but its accessibility and human context can. As it turns out there are more women than men among the two-third of global population that does not have regular internet access to date.
For Nishat Textile Mills (NML), the pain was manageable even during the toughest times when the rest of the textile sector was hung out to bleed. But now that the swelling demand for yarn and value-added made-ups from international markets has acted like the proverbial salve for the sectors wounds, the textile giant is back with quite a resounding bang.
A food revolution that started as a jumble of buzzwords countering industrially produced food has slowly taken the world by storm. Estimates by FAO suggest that the world market for organic food is forecast to exceed $88 billion by 2015-a nearly 50 percent increase from base numbers calculated in 2010. Within the organic food label, fruits and vegetables represent the biggest segment, making up over 30 percent of the overall global demand for organic foods.
From international lenders and multilateral agencies to domestic economists and think tanks; all agree that Pakistan’s abysmal tax-to-GDP ratio has kept a chokehold on the government’s ability to discharge its duties.
Last week the US Federal Reserve pulled an SBP on global markets. Just as the SBP surprised the markets with a rate hike after co-signing a LoI that suggested an ‘accommodative monetary stance’; the US Fed surprised the markets by deciding not to taper off the QE in September.

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln