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It would be a surprise if Pakistan where spending on health is miniscule is among the countries that the best ones to age in. Global AgeWatch Index has released its 2014 rankings for 96 countries studying the situation of older people on the world, and Pakistan stands at number 91.
In the oil world, geopolitical risks seem to have taken a backseat - at least for now - and the focus is shifting to the growing crude oil surplus. Crude oil prices have slithered to a multi-year low. In 2014 so far, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is around four percent down, whereas Brent crude oil has slipped by 12 percent in the same period.
As expected, September inflation clocked in on the higher side, closing in at 7.68 percent year-on-year. Having touched a 14-month low in August, the low base effect was expected to push CPI slightly higher. CPI in the first quarter has averaged 7.6 percent, well within the FY15 estimations of 8-8.2 percent.
Taking cue from politics, even perception surveys seem to be protesting against the country's economic management.
Mutual funds are bouncing back. Keeping aside commodity funds, each mutual fund category landed in the greens in September 2014. Recall that the preceding month turned out to be a dull period, where all categories of mutual funds (excluding fixed income funds) yielded negative returns.
Net loans to private sector businesses were in the negative in 2MFY15. But that doesn’t necessarily spell doom. If anything, a closer look at credit data (net of retirement) shows that the fears of falling private sector credit supply weren’t visible till the end of August 2014.
Regardless of what their fate turns out to be, the recent political frenzy seems to have jolted the government, which now seems to be more aggressive in following up on its earlier commitments. Last week, the Finance minister Ishaq Dar approved the constitution of the “Tax Reforms Commission” (TRC) as was committed in his budget speech for FY15.

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln