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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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Economic developments and outlook

  The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has taken various measures to manage inflation and interest rate. In September 2013, SBP linked minimum rate of return on average balances held in saving deposits with the floor of the interest rate corridor, which means return on saving deposits cannot be more than 50 bps lower than the floor of the interest rate corridor, which is currently at 7.5 percent. This measure …

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Why banks prefer investment over advances?

  Recently released data by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) about deposits, investments and advances of commercial banks for the month of April’14 can be termed a little disappointing when compared with March’14. Deposits remained pegged at Rs7.6 trillion, advances were recorded at Rs4.1 trillion at month investments slid by 1%MoM to Rs4.5 trillion, mainly because of commencement of trading of government securities at Karachi Stock Exchange and failure of …

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Lending to farmers shows some disturbing trend

  State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has released data of lending by financial institutions to farmers for the six months period ending December 31, 2013. On the face value it appears that the financial institutions have achieved 44% of the indicative lending trend. However, a deeper probe suggests that challenges like high non-performing loans, inadequate infrastructure and overall security and macroeconomic conditions are the reasons for the lackluster performance. The …

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Slashing of interest rate a good omen for trade and industry

  The rate cut will not only give boost to local investment but can also woo foreign investors Finally, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) made a drastic cut of 100 basis points in the interest rate to bring it to an eight-year low of 8.5 percent for the next two months, which people hailing from trade and industry have taken positively and said it would help stimulate private sector …

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How does the Hawala system operate in Pakistan?

  Hawala is probably the most convenient way of transferring funds from one party to the other i.e. from within Pakistan to abroad or vice versa without intervention of SBP or the financial sector. Hence, the transaction from initiation to execution is untraceable. Hawala is used for genuine need as well as terrorism. When it comes to genuine need, it may arise through a customer or even a company. Hawala …

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Pakistan leads South Asia in branchless banking

  Country wins global recognition in online banking policy initiatives and businesses Branchless banking regulation was first introduced in Pakistan in April 2008. From the start, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has taken a positive regulatory approach by providing clear cut guidance and adjusting regulation where necessary. Pakistan has now firmly established the regulatory environment and supporting institutional framework to extend the field of branchless banking. A variety of business …

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International Reckoning For Islamic Finance Industry In Pakistan: SBP — globally polled as the best central bank for promoting Islamic finance

  State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) was voted as the best Central Bank for promoting Islamic Finance by a poll conducted by International Finance News, an arm of REDmoney Group, Malaysia. The votes were received from various institutions, practitioners and academicians from all over the world. After the announcement, Deputy Governor, SBP Mr. Saeed Ahmad stated “SBP remains committed in promoting Islamic banking and finance and will continue to play …

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