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FDI: getting better
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FDI: getting better

It's nowhere close to the high seen in 2007-08, but the net FDI tally may finally be turning a corner after struggli
Published 23 Jun, 2017 04:41am
Current account is bleeding
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Current account is bleeding

Current account has posted a deficit of $1.6 billion in May 2017 alone which is almost half of the full FY16 deficit
Published 23 Jun, 2017 04:39am
When will the rupee depreciate?
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When will the rupee depreciate?

Chances of the currency falling during this government’s tenure are same as that of Pakistan winning against India i
Published 15 Jun, 2017 04:56am
Qatari remittance
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Qatari remittance

A grave diplomatic crisis brews in the Middle East. And it’s not without implications on the economy. Reports are al
Published 09 Jun, 2017 04:09am
"SMEs: Walk the talk"
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"SMEs: Walk the talk"

Last budget, the Export Refinance Facility (ERF) brought the mark-up rate down to 3 percent (in several steps from 8
Updated 29 May, 2017 07:08am
Current account is bleeding
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Current account is bleeding

The current account slippage continued in April as the deficit posted at $1.1 billion in Apr17 (Mar17:$546mn) and th
Published 18 May, 2017 05:09am
FDI: Not all about China yet
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FDI: Not all about China yet

Granted that net FDI is up about 13 percent in the fiscal year to-date, but the quality of that number isn't exactly
Updated 17 May, 2017 04:52am
Remittances: brace for the fall
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Remittances: brace for the fall

“Every time I seem to fall in love. Crash! Boom! Bang!” Time and again, this 90s lyric have been found well-suited t
Updated 12 May, 2017 05:55am
M-wallets: doing good
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M-wallets: doing good

Twenty million mobile wallets – that’s some achievement! As per the latest quarterly newsletter by the State Bank of
Published 10 May, 2017 03:01am
HBL consolidates profits
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HBL consolidates profits

Yesterday was about results. There was one announced by Pakistan’s largest commercial bank HBL too. And it went all we
Published 21 Apr, 2017 04:17am
UBL maintains profits
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UBL maintains profits

UBL announced its 1QCY17 financial results yesterday, doling out Rs3/share as first interim dividend. The top line grew
Updated 20 Apr, 2017 06:24am
FDI: New approach needed
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FDI: New approach needed

The story of nine-month FDI inflows is not very different from that in the preceding eight months. On a net basis, the F
Published 19 Apr, 2017 05:00am
Monetary profile
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Monetary profile

Monetary aggregates seem to be shaping better, indicating pick up in formal credit and deposits. Growth of informali
Updated 17 Apr, 2017 05:13am
Dinosaurs of the digital age
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Dinosaurs of the digital age

Various species of dinosaurs still walk the earth today. One of those is the traditional commercial banks. That was
Published 17 Apr, 2017 04:30am
Microfinance on the rise
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Microfinance on the rise

Microfinance in Pakistan had a good run last year. Latest numbers released by the sector’s association, the Pakistan M
Published 06 Apr, 2017 05:37am
On sovereign bond yields
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On sovereign bond yields

The latest SBP quarterly report mentions that the PML-N government had issued sovereign bonds totaling $4.5 billion so f
Published 04 Apr, 2017 05:31am
Bank of Punjab impresses
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Bank of Punjab impresses

Being state-owned comes with the ills of being state-owned. The Bank of Punjab (BoPb) had the misfortune of carrying
Published 31 Mar, 2017 06:24am
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Debt piling reserves

In continuation to 'external scorecard in red' published on August 30, 2016, latest snapshot is presented here.
Published 20 Mar, 2017 05:57am
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Is eight-months FDI really up?

Business headlines in Pakistan today would likely read that FDI inflow in the country in the first eight months of current fiscal year was up 6 percent year-on-year.
Published 17 Mar, 2017 06:01am
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BankIslami takes good strides

Despite a tough acquisition of the defunct KASB Bank, BankIslami Pakistan Limited (BIPL) seems to be on the right track, as evident by CY16 financial results.
Published 15 Mar, 2017 05:41am
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Move beyond remittances?

Once a saving grace, remittances have been under pressure since quite a while now; the foreign inflows from expats abroad have trotted down by 2.
Published 14 Mar, 2017 05:06am
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Big banks keep growing

Banks were supposed to have it tough in CY16, as the interest rates were sitting at record lows and yields on assets had declined significantly.
Published 10 Mar, 2017 06:32am
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PSDP spending: Gathering pace

As the final months of this fiscal approach, the Rs800 billion public sector development programme (PSDP) has picked up spending momentum.
Published 08 Mar, 2017 06:17am