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Coronavirus
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6624hr
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5.3% positivity
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Islamabad
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Caretaking the economy

Islamabad these days is rife with all sorts of rumours surrounding the General Elections 2018. Those with heightened dem
Published 07 Jun, 2018 05:45am
Is China replacing the IMF?
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Is China replacing the IMF?

Seeing the gross funding gap ; it is clear that Pakistan needs a bailout. Perhaps, someone is already bailing the count
Published 29 May, 2018 06:52am
Deficit overdose
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Deficit overdose

The Murphy’s Law says, ‘if anything can go wont, it will’. That seems to be applying on Pakistan economy; as the numbers
Updated 21 May, 2018 07:42am
Poor FDI; poorer transparency
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Poor FDI; poorer transparency

At less than one percent of the GDP, the 2.4 percent year-on-year increase in net foreign direct investments (FDI) in 10
Published 17 May, 2018 07:16am
No debt; no life!
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No debt; no life!

The sharp increase in external debt is no surprise and it isn’t catching headlines as either the debt story is known to
Published 17 May, 2018 07:13am
Floating PIBs
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Floating PIBs

Five years ago, government’s domestic maturity profile was too low as short-term floating debts were at Rs5.3 trillion o
Updated 12 May, 2018 08:41am
External balance snap shot
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External balance snap shot

The SBP reserves are up by $593 million in the week ending April 27, 2018. Does this snapshot deserve a wow? The short a
Published 07 May, 2018 06:06am
Bank Al Habib 1QCY18
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Bank Al Habib 1QCY18

Bank Al Habib Limited (BAHL) announced its 1QCY18 financial results last week, showing a 9 percent year-on-year drop in
Published 23 Apr, 2018 05:43am
FDI: change but no change
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FDI: change but no change

Each passing month has been strengthening the ongoing trend of Sino-isation of Pakistan’s FDI. The latest tick – for Mar
Published 19 Apr, 2018 05:44am
Where are remittances headed?
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Where are remittances headed?

State Bank of Pakistan in its recent quarterly report has projected that the country would attract a maximum of $20.5 bi
Published 12 Apr, 2018 05:51am
Dollar bonds: race against time
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Dollar bonds: race against time

PM Abbasi looked in a hurry last week unveiling tax amnesty. Short of time, the premier may best be remembered for his i
Published 10 Apr, 2018 05:38am
Forex: what might have been!
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Forex: what might have been!

Pakistan’s dollar reserves have been extraordinarily strained this fiscal. At work is a ballooning current account defic
Published 05 Apr, 2018 05:38am
MPS: another raise?
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MPS: another raise?

The monetary policy is due on Friday; the question is after 25 bps policy rate increase in Jan18 to 6 percent, what the
Published 29 Mar, 2018 05:11am
FDIs: diversification calling
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FDIs: diversification calling

Last week, the Chairman of Pakistan’s Board of Investment, Naeem Zamindar, was reported to have said that “Pakistan want
Published 28 Mar, 2018 06:04am
Current account breather
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Current account breather

The current account deficit tamed to $1.2 billion In February; down 25 percent month-on-month. The Jul-Feb number stood
Published 22 Mar, 2018 06:20am
Living on the edge
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Living on the edge

The IMF report is a mixed bag - it narrates the short to medium term challenges owing to growing twin deficits while in
Published 20 Mar, 2018 06:25am
Sino-isation of Pakistan’s FDI
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Sino-isation of Pakistan’s FDI

Ten years ago, China’s share in Pakistan’s annual inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) was almost negligible. Today
Published 19 Mar, 2018 06:41am
Saudi remittances blow
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Saudi remittances blow

Worker remittances from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have been on a decline. It fell eight and a half percent in th
Published 13 Mar, 2018 05:34am
Feb checks remittances breather
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Feb checks remittances breather

If January 2018 saw a much-needed respite in the slowing pace of remittance growth, the latest tick has brought some of
Published 12 Mar, 2018 07:10am
IMF’s carrot; stick may follow
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IMF’s carrot; stick may follow

The IMF’s first post programme monitoring was finally conducted earlier this week, and a press release was issued in the
Published 09 Mar, 2018 06:50am