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Supplements: KSE - Best performing Capital Market


The Karachi Stock Exchange has been counted among the top performing exchanges in the world in each year since 2012. According to data compiled by CNN Money, the Pakistan equity market is the nineteenth best this year, boasting a return north of 10% in the first seven months. Argentina's stock market tops the list with a near 40% rally.

Stock indices have witnessed boom periods in previous eras as well. However, this time the sustained rally of domestic capital markets is supported by an improvement in overall macroeconomic indicators as well as continuing reforms and improvements to the structures that strengthen capital markets.
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Pakistan equity markets have consistently delivered phenomenal returns over the last 6 years hitting record after record every year with benchmark KSE 100 rising to 34,399 level on June 30, 2015 from 7162 in June 2009, translating into a staggering (CAGR) return of 30% per annum.
The Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) 100-Index is the third -best-performing stock market in the world and built the belief of foreign investors and local investors. The year 2014 proved to be a year of escalation and enthusiasm for the capital market as, KSE-100 index gained 6,870 points as compared to same period last year and generated a handsome return of 27%. In 2014, KSE benchmark-100 index increased by 6,645 points year-to-date (December 29, 2014) and closed at 31,906.74 points against 25,261.14 points on December 31, 2013. During the period, Foreign Investors Portfolio Investment (FIPI) was $385.92 million, slightly below $397.50 million over the same period last year. Currently, KSE 100-index has crossed 36,000 points. At this time, KSE 100-index has crossed 36,000 points. This all turn out to be achievable as of the SECP, The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan has taken a strong lead, not only in strengthening the regulatory framework that protects investor's interest, but also in launching initiatives to broaden the reach of the capital market investment products to savers across the nation.
After witnessing hefty return of 49% and 27%, each in calendar year 2013 and 2014, the benchmark KSE-100 index has maintained its upward trajectory in 2015 as well with 7MCY15 return clocking in at 11%, up considerably compared to most regional peers. The Pakistani market during the calendar year has heavily outperformed both the MSCI Frontier & Emerging market index' which havein fact fallen by 8% and 6%, respectively. What is more impressive is the fact that despite a drop in market capitalization of index heavy weight Oil & Gas and Banking sector, the smaller sectors such as Chemicals, Cements & Autos have boosted the benchmark index.
Lack of awareness about the Financial Markets hinders the growth of capital market and adds to the problems ofan ordinary man on the street. Because the covert potential of directing the savings of a growing middle class into the capital market has not been harnessed, the economy is unable to create jobs for 50,000 youths who cross the age of 18 every month, and enters the job market.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,643.01 0.07
Arrow Nasdaq 4,828.32 0.32
Arrow S&P 1,988.87 0.06
Arrow FTSE 6,247.94 0.90
Arrow DAX 10,298.53 0.17
Arrow CAC-40 4,675.13 0.36
Arrow Nikkei 19,136.32 3.03
Arrow H.Seng 21,612.39 1.04
Arrow Sensex 26,392.38 0.61

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln