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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH Source: covid.gov.pk
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Islamabad
103,549
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Banking

Banking

Alarming fiscal deficit

Nothing is going right. The fiscal deficit stood at 5 percent of GDP in 9MFY19 - highest ever deficit since Pakistan sta
Published 22 May, 2019 03:54am
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Rise in inactive m-wallets

Much of the current government’s financial inclusion agenda depends on making digital transaction accounts (DTAs) grow i
Published 21 May, 2019 07:39am
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MPS: A step too soon?

There was a strong noise of 150 bps increase; and it happened. The rumor had it as a prior IMF condition and this perhap
Published 21 May, 2019 07:08am
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Prepone the monetary policy

The IMF deal is done; but uncertainty prevails. The market demands clarity on the quantum and timings of prior actions.
Published 15 May, 2019 06:32am
Banking

The deal is here

The IMF programme is finalized. In Naya Pakistan, it was announced in an old fashioned way by a technocrat FM in PTV 9 P
Published 14 May, 2019 05:42am
Banking

IMF: be counter-cyclical

Since the IMF’s statement regarding a staff-level loan agreement with Pakistan was released May 12, economic observers h
Published 14 May, 2019 05:26am
Banking

Remittances remain faithful

With the economy sailing into choppy waters, the growth in remittances continues to provide some shock mitigation capabi
Published 13 May, 2019 05:28am
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Facilitating FDI investment

Pakistan’s foreign direct investment has been nothing to write home about. The 9MFY19 numbers have been dismal with FDI
Published 10 May, 2019 04:41am
Banking

Of NPLs and banking courts

Banks in Pakistan lack credit robustness and one reason, apart from banks’ own laziness and higher government financing
Updated 29 Apr, 2019 10:00am
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Allied Bank: doing just fine

Allied Bank Limited (ABL) announced its financial results for 1QCY19 accompanied with the first interim dividend of Rs2
Published 26 Apr, 2019 06:06am
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HBL – pre-tax profit growth

Save for the retrospective imposition of Super Tax on 2017 profits, HBL delivered promising 1QCY19 results. Better still
Published 25 Apr, 2019 05:28am
Banking

Import led CAD breather

The current account deficit at $822 million for Mar19 is little higher than market expectations, but the direction is ri
Published 23 Apr, 2019 06:04am
Banking

The FDI gloom

Remittances have been growing and supporting the current account deficit; and the government and the central bank have b
Published 23 Apr, 2019 05:46am
Banking

Wanted: telecom FDI

It’s a season of doom for Pakistan’s overall net FDI, which fell 51 percent year-on-year – or $1.35 billion – in 9MFY19.
Published 22 Apr, 2019 06:20am
Banking

PIBs – say no to high rates

The PIB auction is scheduled today. Recent behavior of auctions is erratic. With DG debt at the helm, Ministry of financ
Published 17 Apr, 2019 07:00am
Banking

T -Bills auction - bold move

The bid pattern of this week T-Bills auction brings no surprises. The market is expecting another rate hike in May 19 mo
Published 12 Apr, 2019 07:05am
Banking

Remittances - the saviour

The significance of remittances for Pakistan’s economy is well-documented; but the precarious nature of the country’s ec
Published 12 Apr, 2019 06:39am
Banking

Why all this tightening?

Earlier in 2017, when economic stresses were building with excess demand reflecting in the external account, the SBP was
Published 09 Apr, 2019 05:06am
Dollar outlook
Banking

Dollar outlook

In mid-October 2018, the interbank forex market was desperate for dollars – as desperate as it was in June 2013. The des
Updated 03 Mar, 2021 10:35am
Banking

Rate hike uncalled for

So, 50 bps it is. Get ready for the IMF; forget fundamentals or what is happening in the world. The IMF wants Pakistan p
Published 01 Apr, 2019 05:45am