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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
27,004
6624hr
Pakistan Cases
1,215,821
3,01224hr
5.3% positivity
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447,678
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418,196
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32,671
Islamabad
103,549
KPK
169,972

Banking

Reserves and reservations
Banking

Reserves and reservations

The struggle to keep foreign reserves intact is getting difficult day by day. After a fall of $358 million in third week
Published 08 Mar, 2018 06:27am
The Chinese debt
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The Chinese debt

There is no surprise in the fact that China is the biggest lender to Pakistan, including both public and private debt. T
Updated 09 Mar, 2018 08:30am
The slide in SME finance
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The slide in SME finance

The efforts to boost SME finance are clearly not yielding results. Analysis of central bank data reveals that loans to S
Published 05 Mar, 2018 06:38am
Allied Bank in CY17
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Allied Bank in CY17

Allied Bank Limited (ABL) saw its bottom line tank year-on-year in CY17. That was not a surprise. Recall that earning sp
Published 23 Feb, 2018 07:50am
The tale of twin deficit
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The tale of twin deficit

The current account deficit stood at $1.6 billion in Jan - third highest ever in the history of the country. No wonder t
Updated 22 Feb, 2018 08:11am
UBL expands asset base
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UBL expands asset base

UBL continued with its rich dividend payout, doling out another Rs4/share in final cash dividend, taking the full year C
Published 21 Feb, 2018 06:07am
M-wallets: dormant much
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M-wallets: dormant much

Apparently, there is no stopping the surge of mobile accounts in Pakistan. As per the latest statistics on the branchles
Published 20 Feb, 2018 06:42am
Living off the debt
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Living off the debt

The external scorecard is getting red with every passing quarter; and now the weekly numbers are becoming crucial. The r
Published 20 Feb, 2018 06:37am
Is the IMF’s knock coming?
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Is the IMF’s knock coming?

The economic authorities are burning the ammunition fast to not let the reserves fall in an effort to prolong macroecono
Updated 07 Mar, 2018 07:30am
The anatomy of SME finance
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The anatomy of SME finance

Is SME finance beginning to take off in Pakistan? Consider this: net outstanding credit in the country rose by Rs110 bil
Published 22 Jan, 2018 05:20am
BoP: where is the LNG?
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BoP: where is the LNG?

The current account deficit stood at $7.4 billion (4.4% of GDP) in 1HFY18; up by 59 percent year-on-year. The growing CA
Updated 23 Jan, 2018 05:19am
FDI in 1HFY18
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FDI in 1HFY18

Foreign direct investment for the first six months of FY18 stands at $1,381.7 million, down by around 3 percent year-on-
Published 18 Jan, 2018 09:56am
SME clinics
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SME clinics

Yesterday’s piece on SME flagged the need for better understanding of demand side of SME finance – especially from motiv
Published 17 Jan, 2018 06:11am
Good signs for remittances
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Good signs for remittances

The slowdown in home remittances has been flagged as a concern too many times for a country that depends on these inflow
Updated 16 Jan, 2018 07:08am
To-do list for ADB Pakistan
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To-do list for ADB Pakistan

The ADB Pakistan office has lately been touring provincial capitals in the country to seek ideas on how it can support e
Published 12 Jan, 2018 06:30am
Currency turbulence in session
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Currency turbulence in session

The currency movement is the talk of the town! The rupee dollar parity fluctuated recently in the open market is jolting
Published 11 Jan, 2018 07:26am
The new dollar?
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The new dollar?

This year is dawned with the possibility of use of Yuan for denominating foreign currency transactions in Pakistan. The
Published 04 Jan, 2018 06:30am
Stagnating deposits growth?
Banking

Stagnating deposits growth?

The money supply growth is shrinking this fiscal year so far whilst the lion’s share of the tiny increase is taken by cu
Updated 29 Dec, 2017 11:35am
Banking sector in good health
Banking

Banking sector in good health

Banks are making lesser profits than they were last year. Yet, they are healthier than last year. The balance sheets hav
Published 15 Dec, 2017 08:25am
Impact of currency depreciation
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Impact of currency depreciation

The currency has finally started heading south. It depreciated by around 5 percent in the last few trading days. The noi
Updated 21 Dec, 2017 08:47am