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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.
The government has had a rather tough first year in office, missing most of the targets it promised. That is one way of looking at it, as the Institute for Policy Reforms (IPR) headed by former finance minister Hafiz Pasha has published a report named "Economic Scorecard of the PML-N government in 2013-14. Recall that prior to the Elections 2013; it was PML-Ns manifesto, which received most positive reviews from all corners, strictly in terms of the economic agenda.
It’s time for dollar shower in the country with a holy touch. The road shows for raising sovereign Islamic bond have been blessed with massive response from international financial markets. Moody’s from Singapore has assigned a provisional Caa1 senior unsecured rating to the Pakistan’s Sukuk offering.
Last month marked three years since Steven Paul Jobs (popularly known as Steve Jobs), Apple’s co-founder and a modern era innovation czar, passed away. The nostalgia around the late technology billionaire, whose penchant for aesthetic design and purely-simple products won him millions of fans around the world, refuses to go away.
October was a slow month for local lenders. According to monthly credit data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), private sector credit off take dropped 52 percent year-on-year in October 2014. Recall that contrary to the earlier fears, credit to private sector businesses had not been hit by the end of first quarter, and the fact that 1QFY15 saw the biggest ever first-quarter borrowings in recent history was a testament to that. However, come October and the tables seem to have turned.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,356.87 1.69
Arrow Nasdaq 4,644.31 2.12
Arrow S&P 2,012.89 2.04
Arrow FTSE 6,336.48 0.07
Arrow DAX 9,544.43 0.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,111.91 0.46
Arrow Nikkei 16,819.73 0.38
Arrow H.Seng 22,585.84 0.37
Arrow Sensex 26,710.13 0.27

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.922 bln