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Its been called the icking time bomb by many, but for gold investors, the fiscal cliff is also a landmine of anticipation. Analysts are debating over whether the precious metal will tip towards the bearish end or the bullish end if the US goes over the fiscal cliff.
Saudi America, the latest buzzword has found ample space in media for its share to a sector already under limelight. Chanting the wildly optimistic renaissance in the world energy map, the US aficionados forget about the thorns that snag the rosy picture.
The latest estimates by the Pakistan Telecommuni-cation Authority show that by September end this year, the mobile network operators (MNOs) had signed up a total of 120.51 million cellular subscribers, highlighting meager improvement in the mobile teledensity. After losing over one million subscribers in July (possibly due to SIM verifications), the MNOs breached the 120 million threshold again in September.
Surely when the rule of law disappears, the only resort is the whims of the leaders. Amongst others, an issue that warrants attention is the crumbling rule of law situation in the country. Where corruption, lawlessness and nonexistence of accountability are rife, notion of one law for all seems to dissipate silently in the background.
Data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics shows that food inflation in Pakistan has been dropping down, particularly for fresh produce. But a statement on CNN by Rabia Song, a housewife residing in Islamabad, says, "I don even think about buying fruit; poor people just can afford it."
It is less than a month to bid farewell to the chaotic 2012 and enter 2013, which is expected to be relatively calmer for the oil market, also a chief driver of the world economy.
IMF’s latest Public Information Notice on the post 2008 stand-by agreement with Pakistan should ring alarm bells for policymakers in Islamabad. It reiterates what followers of the economy already know, but comes with a caveat that the Fund’s not too pleased with how things have fared so far.

 



 
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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