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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.
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.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,959.44 0.87
Arrow Nasdaq 4,781.43 0.34
Arrow S&P 2,078.54 0.38
Arrow FTSE 6,576.74 0.48
Arrow DAX 9,865.76 0.81
Arrow CAC-40 4,254.43 0.30
Arrow Nikkei 17,635.14 0.08
Arrow H.Seng 23,408.57 1.26
Arrow Sensex 27,701.79 1.21

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyDecember 22, 2014
Reserves $14.042 bln