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Good News for Overseas Pakistani: Earn 9% USD per year investing in Naya Pakistan Certificate

Good News for Overseas Pakistani: Earn 9% USD per year investing in Naya Pakistan Certificate
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September 15, 2023 (MLN): SBP has upward revised the rates on NPCs (vs. previous ones):

Currency Rate of return (Gross annual return before tax)
3M 6M 1Y 3Y 5Y
USD 8.25% 8.50% 9.00% 8.00% 8.00%
PKR 21.00% 21.25% 21.50% 17.50% 15.00%
GBP 7.25% 7.50% 8.00% 7.50% 7.50%
Euro 6.25% 6.50% 7.00% 6.50% 6.50%

Minimum Investment: 1,000 with integral multiples of 500

Better late than never. Your author has repeatedly argued for increasing the returns offered on NPC (both Rupee & USD ones). Stuck in a tight spot of hefty debt repayments, every million-dollar counts.

While this is no fundamental solution to the problem, increasing $ flows can stabilise much-needed FX markets. Don’t forget it will be repaid.

Peak amounts in NPC (Islamic & conventional) touched USD 1.4 billion on Feb 22 compared to today’s USD 700 million. Marked deceleration results from rising global interest rates and downward-trending economic conditions.

One can expect an additional USD 50m-100m monthly until returns are revised downwards. A marginal path towards stability to make SBP’s lives easier.

Overseas Pakistanis should keep their cash/savings in Pakistan NPCs, a tremendous success since Dr. Baqir’s days. Use it as your savings account in any normal bank.

For those expecting less than 12% depreciation in the next 12 months, go for PKR returns on 1-year instruments.

Other high-net-worth individuals must assess Pakistan’s global bonds, still yielding juicy 20% returns. Low-risk fixed income is triumphing over risky equity markets.

The author is an independent economic analyst and writes on Twitter and Linkedin.

Posted on: 2023-09-15T16:08:36+05:00