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Monetary policy and interest rates: what does the trend show?

  There seems to be positive sentiment in the economy with the new government taking charge in May 2013. There are high hopes that the economy will flourish, law and order situation will improve, inflation will subside and development projects will create more jobs. The sentiment is reflected in business growth and the KSE-100 index trading at record high of 22,700 points and going strong. Despite the government approaching the …

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Declining rupee value may affect GDP growth rate

  The next Monetary Policy is to be announced by the State Bank of Pakistan on September 13, 2013 which is likely to decide the future course of policy rate in the days to come, keeping in view the rate of inflation as the tightening or softening of the monetary policy is usually linked with the ups and down of the inflation rate. If this theory is taken into consideration …

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Deteriorating health of Pakistani rupee

  The rupee is presently being traded at around Rs104 to a dollar in the open market and at around Rs101 in the interbank market. The country’s falling foreign exchange reserves and current account deficit continues to widen keeping the rupee under pressure. Since inception of new government in June, the rupee has witnessed a rapid devaluation of about 2.4 percent. It means within two months. Though International Monetary Fund …

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The future of Islamic banking

  Islamic Banking and Financing has gained a foothold both nationally in Muslim countries and internationally in the financial world. For years, many Islamic banks have registered double-digit growth rates, surpassing their conventional peers. At first glance, all seems well for the Islamic banking industry. There is ample room for growth as Islamic banking rarely exceeds a 3rd of total market share, even in GCC countries and Malaysia. Many potential …

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Microfinance: A game changer

  Microfinance in Pakistan has had a significant shift from the days when microfinance was being discussed as the next big innovation to address the poverty issues in Pakistan to being discussed in terms of the next big investment opportunity. The perception of microfinance in Pakistan has undergone a fundamental change in more than a decade of its evolution. The microfinance sector in Pakistan has developed a successful and sustainable …

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The bright future of Pakistan depends upon the development of SMEs

  Pakistan is facing lot of problems, like unemployment and slow growth in agriculture sector, etc. At this critical time we have to look seriously at different sectors of the economy that have the viability to provide employment to the million of unemployed. The higher employment growth possibility lies in the modern high technology industries but it is also present in the labor-intensive industries of the traditional small enterprise sector …

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Pakistani youth revolutionizing the banking industry

  Pakistan has come a long way in the past decade in terms of higher education than any other era in its history. The growing population and a large, emerging block of youth made it imperative to bring educational reforms. New universities throughout the country have greatly helped in shouldering the responsibility of educating young minds and bring a relief in the highly competitive admission process. TPS has had a …

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Difficult act of balancing

  The current financial year (2012-13) is likely to close on a pessimistic note with: 1) looming balance of payments crisis, high budget deficit, exports proving dismal for financing imports but above all country continue to suffer from ‘trust deficit’. The conditions are marred by general elections for the time being because the caretaker government has no mandate to take some crucial decisions, including finalizing terms and conditions for the …

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Depreciating rupee fueling inflation

  There is no doubt that Pakistan suffers from cost pushed inflation. Any hike in the global prices of crude oil, crude-based raw materials and edible oil push inflation. The impact becomes even more pinching when Pak Rupee faces erosion in value against other major currencies. At present Rupee value is on the decline due to erosion of Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves. Though, the central bank has been intervening regularly …

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Banking sector

  Banks perform various roles in the economy. First, they ameliorate the information problems between investors and borrowers by monitoring the latter and ensuring a proper use of the depositors’ funds. Second, they provide intertemporal smoothing of risk that cannot be diversified at a given point in time as well as insurance to depositors against unexpected consumption shocks. Because of the maturity mismatch between their assets and liabilities, however, banks …

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