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In order to further its mandate of protecting retail investors, raising awareness about savings and investment, financial markets and products, and building investor confidence, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has started another round of investor awareness seminars in collaboration with market professionals and associations.

Only a small inflow of cash - $9.8 billion - flowed into China's stock market via the landmark Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect in November and December, China's foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday.The remarks were made at a news conference by Guan Tao, head of the department of international payments at the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
Foreign investors eager to tap into the next generation of Chinese firms should soon be able to directly trade stocks in Shenzhen, but the high valuations and extreme volatility of the country's second-largest exchange may limit early inflows. The debut in November of the landmark Stock Connect trading platform between Hong Kong and Shanghai, although marred by technical problems, has been hailed by foreign funds as a fundamental step in the opening up of China's capital account.
Canada's main stock index edged higher on Friday and recorded a sharp weekly gain as investors welcomed moves by the Bank of Canada and the European Central Bank earlier this week. The Canadian central bank unexpectedly cut interest rates on Wednesday, while the ECB announced a massive stimulus plan on Thursday to try to boost a sagging euro zone economy.
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) plans to raise up to 2 billion riyals ($549.4 million) through a capital-boosting sukuk; the latest Gulf bank eyeing debt markets to replenish its reserves after a period of strong lending growth. Qatar's largest Shariah-compliant institution by assets announced the sukuk after reporting fourth-quarter net profit that was up an estimate-beating 30.4 percent year on year, according to Reuters calculations.
Borrowing rates for eurozone countries collapsed to new record lows on Friday as investors snapped up government bonds based on the European Central Bank's quantitative easing shopping list. To boost the ailing euro zone economy and prevent deflation from setting in, the ECB said it will buy 60 billion euros of assets a month from March, focusing mainly on sovereign bonds.
Major mortgage bond investors including BlackRock, MetLife and Pimco on Friday took a first step toward suing Ocwen Financial Corp , accusing it of having failed to properly collect payments on $82 billion of home loans, according to a person familiar with the matter and to documents seen by Reuters.

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,652.60 0.79
Arrow Nasdaq 4,757.88 0.16
Arrow S&P 2,051.82 0.55
Arrow FTSE 6,832.83 0.53
Arrow DAX 10,649.58 2.05
Arrow CAC-40 4,640.69 1.93
Arrow Nikkei 17,511.75 1.05
Arrow H.Seng 24,850.45 1.34
Arrow Sensex 29,278.84 0.94






ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyNovember
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 22, 2015
Reserves $10.331 bln