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Micro small and medium enterprises: an engine of growth, prosperity

  Entrepreneurs occupy a central position in a market economy as it is the entrepreneurs who act as the spark plug in the economy’s engine, activating and stimulating all economic activity. The economic success of nations worldwide is the result of encouraging and rewarding the entrepreneurial instinct. A society is prosperous only to the degree to which it rewards and encourages entrepreneurial activity because it is the entrepreneurs and their …

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Pakistan retains third spot among top ten stock market performers

  Pakistan Stock Market (KSE-100) 1990-2015 decreased to 35147.13 Index points in July 9, 2015 from 35,328.83 Index points in the previous trading day. Stock market in Pakistan averaged 7691.91 Index points from 1990 until 2015, reaching an all-time high of 35,537.69 Index points in July of 2015 and a record low of 538.89 Index points in June of 1990. Below is the latest graph showing impressive growth in the …

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Privatization process and concerns

  As the present government is much focused on privatization, Privatization Commission headed by Zubair Umar has short-listed 31 institutions to be privatized. According to chairman PC, the privatization process is absolutely on and financial advisers are performing their job, whether it is the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), National Power Construction Company (NPCC) or power distribution companies like Iesco and Fesco. Last year, the government completed …

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Iran’s nuclear deal to benefit Pakistan macros

  Lifting of sanctions to formalize $3-4 billion informal trade between Pakistan and Iran The historic deal between Iran and P5+1 promises an end to multiplier sanctions imposed by USA, UN and EU since the start of Iran’s nuclear program, likely to bring manifold impact on Pakistan’s overall economy. This historic development, which is most important for Pakistan and other countries in the region will have a positive impact on …

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It’s all about consumption!

  Capitalism thrives on perpetual increase in consumption. It doesn’t much encourage savings on the one hand and advocates debt-based investment on the other. Leveraged investment generates comparatively rapid but high-cost and unsustainable growth. Investment funded by savings results in low-cost, sustainable growth. This is what the Austrian economists say while commenting on the destruction wrought by the Chicago economists during the last three decades. While global conscience, in the …

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The boom of retail markets in Pakistan

  Pakistan’s retail sector is growing with great momentum. The retail industries have become a major hub for growing businesses. Though retailers have existed in Pakistan for a long time, the induction of global brands and outlets have forced local retailers to expand their boundaries to compete with their larger international competitors. The entrance of supermarkets and malls during the last eight years created a new community of enthusiastic shoppers …

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Retail audit — mobile phones leading the rally

  A study report on retail audit in Pakistan has stated that; two of Samsung’s affordable and sleek smartphones – the Galaxy Grand Prime and Core-2 are getting an overwhelming response from the Pakistani consumers. Since January 2015, these two products have become the best-selling products in Pakistan’s device market. Samsung being a global leader in all the major technological advancements has yet again won the hearts and trust of …

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The consumer is a king — A review into Pakistan’s booming retail sector

  With the positivity instilled with the current government, most segments of the economy are showing positive signs of growth. When talking to businessmen on market potential, most say that the sector which is the best choice for investments is the retail sector. Pakistan has population of 180 million people, and frankly, the only entertainment is food and shopping. The demand of both food and shopping is counter to the …

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Remarkable growth of Islamic banking industry in Pakistan

  Deposit mobilization had been much easier in Islamic banking in Pakistan About 40 years ago, Islamic Finance was started to cater the needs of faith-based Muslims. Once looked at in the Arabian Gulf and Malaysia, the Islamic Finance market is evolving into a global one now. In the last decade, the Islamic Financial Sector has registered a growth of 20% per year, indicating it as one of the fastest …

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Growth in Islamic finance taking velocity

  Islamic finance – A market brief: Islamic finance based on principals of Shariah provides an alternate to conventional banking. Islamic banking industry size is estimated to be USD 400 billion with potential to grow at minimum 15 per cent to 20 per cent globally per year, much faster than conventional financial institutions. This has been the same trend over the last 5 years since 2008. Islamic Banking assets globally …

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