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Banking

Picking the right lender(s)
Banking

Picking the right lender(s)

With every passing day the ambiguity of entering into a fresh IMF programme increases. The international media coverage
Published 16 Aug, 2018 06:13am
In search of patriotic capital
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In search of patriotic capital

Now that change is in the air, will the feel-good factor attract some low-cost patriotic capital? The PTI’s electoral vi
Published 13 Aug, 2018 06:36am
Allied Bank: sound and strong
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Allied Bank: sound and strong

Allied Bank Limited (ABLL) ticked all the right boxes in 1HCY18. The bank’s balance continued to expand, with an asset b
Published 13 Aug, 2018 06:32am
Correcting current account
Banking

Correcting current account

The immediate need is to bring in foreign exchange in terms of cheap loans (mainly IMF) and issue Diaspora bonds to repl
Published 10 Aug, 2018 06:28am
Training SMEs to boost exports
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Training SMEs to boost exports

What do Pakistan’s SMEs want? Many things! From ease of credit to ease of doing business. But there is something that SM
Updated 01 Sep, 2018 11:08am
M-wallets: growing volumes
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M-wallets: growing volumes

If it is all about the numbers, well, the numbers look great. Mobile wallets, as per the latest statistics on the branch
Published 07 Aug, 2018 05:09am
UBL is no outlier
Banking

UBL is no outlier

Profits are a little harder to come by for the local banking industry these days. Much like other big banks, doom also b
Published 06 Aug, 2018 05:53am
Profits dip for MCB
Banking

Profits dip for MCB

It’s no fun being a bank right now. The consolidated bottom-line at each of the big-three private commercial banks – HBL
Published 03 Aug, 2018 06:34am
Banking

IMF: to go or not to go

Lately, the debate is heating up whether Pakistan should enter into an IMF programme or not. The question is not one-sid
Published 01 Aug, 2018 06:47am
No way around IMF
Banking

No way around IMF

The Naya Pakistan has some Naya kind of currency movements. The big fluctuation in the open market without the influence
Published 31 Jul, 2018 06:47am
Lamenting SMEs
Banking

Lamenting SMEs

The importance of SMEs cannot be over-emphasized for industrial development. As per SEMDA, they constitute nearly 90 per
Updated 01 Sep, 2018 11:11am
Record high current deficit
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Record high current deficit

It was a record smashing Friday. The one made in Zimbabwe must be held proudly. The other one evident from the SBP numbe
Published 23 Jul, 2018 07:06am
Wanted: FDI miracles
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Wanted: FDI miracles

That Pakistan missed its FDI goals for five years in a row was flagged in last month’s FDI coverage (See ‘ Missed FDI go
Published 19 Jul, 2018 06:55am
Dealing with new IMF programme
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Dealing with new IMF programme

What are some of the things that the incoming government needs to consider for the IMF programme that Pakistan is expect
Published 18 Jul, 2018 07:22am
Austerity mode is on
Banking

Austerity mode is on

The currency is down again and the policy rate is revised up. Shamshad Akhtar, the caretaker finance minister, is in ful
Published 17 Jul, 2018 06:51am
Soaring trade deficit
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Soaring trade deficit

The trade deficit has moved up by 34 times from $1.1 billion in FY03 to $37.7 billion in FY18, on PBS data. This sums up
Published 13 Jul, 2018 06:11am
Remittances: cold comfort
Banking

Remittances: cold comfort

Good news: the workers’ remittances, one of Pakistan’s major non-debt-creating forex inflows, didn’t show a yearly decli
Published 12 Jul, 2018 06:52am
Down but not out
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Down but not out

“I have noticed that Pakistanis are emotional. When things don’t go very well, in terms of politics or economy, they get
Updated 27 Jun, 2018 08:11am
Missed FDI goals!
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Missed FDI goals!

Pakistan’s FDI numbers have not been pretty. And in latest news they are getting even worse. By April 2018, the growth i
Published 22 Jun, 2018 07:42am
Doomsday scenarios!
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Doomsday scenarios!

It's a domino effect. The economy was operating on the edge anyways; and now things are slipping fast in the wrong direc
Published 22 Jun, 2018 07:36am
Wanted: dollar bonds
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Wanted: dollar bonds

Less than a fortnight before its expiration, the much-talked-about tax amnesty scheme is back in the news. The caretaker
Published 21 Jun, 2018 06:52am
Remittances – slow and steady
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Remittances – slow and steady

The fiscal year is coming to a close, and the macroeconomic situation in the country is precarious. Unfortunately, the r
Published 13 Jun, 2018 06:42am
Rupee ride: round 3!
Banking

Rupee ride: round 3!

The pattern is now predictable; the caretakers are taking lead from where it was left by Miftah and Abassi duo. The firs
Published 12 Jun, 2018 06:33am
Who will bell the debt cat?
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Who will bell the debt cat?

Pakistan economy liberalized in early 2000s when the financial sector was deregulated and trade related tariffs were rat
Published 11 Jun, 2018 05:57am