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BAFL takes steady strides

Having faced a slightly underpay 1QCY19. Bank Alfalah (BAFL) made a strong comeback in the second quarter, posting 14 pe
Published 20 Aug, 2019 05:26am
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Sustaining remittances

A good start to FY20, worker remittances for July 2019 as per SBP’s recently released data has risen by 8 percent on a y
Published 19 Aug, 2019 06:08am
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MCB shines in tough times

MCB Bank announced its 1HCY19 financial results yesterday, continuing the rich tradition of hefty dividends. There was a
Published 08 Aug, 2019 08:00am
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Missing sovereign guarantees

The fate of Rs200 billion power sector Sukuk – to park circular debt in another company, and Rs20 billion market support
Published 08 Aug, 2019 07:39am
Pakistan’s economic stepchild
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Pakistan’s economic stepchild

Labour, not textile, is Pakistan’s biggest export. Measured by worker remittance flows, labour export is in fact nearly
Updated 13 Jan, 2020 09:51am
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Policy rate: Is this the peak?

Having complied with the IMF raising the interest rates by 150 bps in May 2019 as part of prior action, the Central bank
Published 17 Jul, 2019 07:20am
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SBP doesn’t hold back

It looks like the monetary authority will not pull any punches. Reading between the lines, the State Bank of Pakistan’s
Published 17 Jul, 2019 07:16am
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Hold onto remittances

With hopes of economic revival still distant as exports continue to paint a dreary picture, banking on remittances to pr
Published 12 Jul, 2019 06:17am
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Can DFS get merchants on board?

Bringing retailers on board is a huge challenge for Pakistan’s digital financial services (DFS) ecosystem. Next door, In
Published 11 Jul, 2019 06:35am
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Bringing currency back

There is no stoppage to fiscal deficit growth. FBR collection by June end is likely to be less than last year. The next
Updated 24 Jun, 2019 07:03am
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CAD: slippery again

The current account deficit (CAD) is starting to drift again. In April and May 2019, CAD’s monthly average crossed the b
Published 21 Jun, 2019 05:39am
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Decision times: bold and cold

The strategy is to accumulate foreign currency from the local market at lucrative rates. The interest rates are rising,
Updated 20 Jun, 2019 08:13am
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Betting on remittances

That Pakistan received a significantly higher amount of remittances from overseas Pakistani’s is a much needed breather
Published 19 Jun, 2019 06:15am
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Wait-and-see!

If yesterday’s press conference of SBP governor Dr Reza Baqir is any indication, all eyes are on controlling inflation t
Published 18 Jun, 2019 06:22am
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No more tightening

The SBP Governor in a public gathering spoke about the interest rate determination. He was spot on to say that the objec
Published 17 Jun, 2019 06:46am
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No credit to credit expansion

The decline in the economy is manifesting in the lending patterns to private sector businesses and consumers which is ar
Published 11 Jun, 2019 05:31am
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Fiscal debt trap brewing

Is the government of Pakistan getting into a debt trap? Probably yes. Back in 2014, this space cautioned about the loomi
Published 29 May, 2019 04:58am
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God’s gift to treasury

The economy is nose diving and it is time for banks to make merry in the PIBs bonanza. The IMF conditionality is creatin
Published 28 May, 2019 06:33am