HUBCO: Suffering for no good reason

HUBC is witnessing a messy round on behalf of the government to fulfill its commitment with all China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) power producers

Poor budget-making puts the IMF programme at risk

June 13, 2022 (MLN): The PDM government announced its first budget last week after voting the former PTI government out of power, but the budget-making process has been haphazard, to say the least. Firstly, the

Rs500 note now selling for Rs25 instead of Rs50

May 13, 2022: On April 7, the incumbent finance minister Miftah Ismail speaking to a talk show host advised viewers on national television to invest in the stock market claiming that the current stock prices

Recent pension hike will speed up the pension bomb

April 18, 2022 (MLN): Immediately after assuming office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s first order of business was to announce an increase in the salaries and pensions of government officers. Justifying the move, former finance minister

New government, same old economic problems

April 11, 2022 (MLN): With the opposition winning its fight against Imran Khan, the spotlight is now shifting away from politics and towards the economic front. Whoever forms the government at the centre has an

Bracing for inflation

March 30, 2022 (MLN): General consensus amongst analysts looking at the economy is that inflation is set to remain in double-digits for at least the remainder of the ongoing fiscal year. CPI inflation in February

SBP has a tough decision to make on Tuesday

March 6, 2022 (MLN): The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is set to announce monetary policy on Tuesday. A lot is going on the macroeconomic front and any decision by the monetary policy committee (MPC)

Has the stock market gone into a coma?

February 11, 2022 (MLN): Pakistan’s capital markets are behaving erratically. Despite record earnings, the KSE100 index has stalled, showing no signs of exuberance. Year-to-date, as of February 11, 2022, the benchmark KSE100 index has gained

Impressions on LSM rebasing

January 23, 2022 (MLN): Finally, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has rebased the Large-Scale Manufacturing Index (LSMI) after a gap of more than a decade. At first look, it seems that the PBS has

Losing the plot on economy

December 14, 2021 (MLN): Managing Pakistan’s economy is not an easy affair by any stretch of the imagination. Finance ministers and central bank governors in the past have struggled to run affairs in an order

On inflation and its core

November 8, 2021 (MLN): Obtuse social media commentary from the ruling party aside, ordinary Pakistani is being crushed under the weight of inflation. Elevated food and energy prices have forced people to cut down their

HUBCO: Suffering for no good reason

HUBC is witnessing a messy round on behalf of the government to fulfill its commitment with all China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) power producers

Poor budget-making puts the IMF programme at risk

June 13, 2022 (MLN): The PDM government announced its first budget last week after voting the former PTI government out of power, but the budget-making process has been haphazard, to say the least. Firstly, the

Rs500 note now selling for Rs25 instead of Rs50

May 13, 2022: On April 7, the incumbent finance minister Miftah Ismail speaking to a talk show host advised viewers on national television to invest in the stock market claiming that the current stock prices

Recent pension hike will speed up the pension bomb

April 18, 2022 (MLN): Immediately after assuming office, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s first order of business was to announce an increase in the salaries and pensions of government officers. Justifying the move, former finance minister

New government, same old economic problems

April 11, 2022 (MLN): With the opposition winning its fight against Imran Khan, the spotlight is now shifting away from politics and towards the economic front. Whoever forms the government at the centre has an

Bracing for inflation

March 30, 2022 (MLN): General consensus amongst analysts looking at the economy is that inflation is set to remain in double-digits for at least the remainder of the ongoing fiscal year. CPI inflation in February

SBP has a tough decision to make on Tuesday

March 6, 2022 (MLN): The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is set to announce monetary policy on Tuesday. A lot is going on the macroeconomic front and any decision by the monetary policy committee (MPC)

Has the stock market gone into a coma?

February 11, 2022 (MLN): Pakistan’s capital markets are behaving erratically. Despite record earnings, the KSE100 index has stalled, showing no signs of exuberance. Year-to-date, as of February 11, 2022, the benchmark KSE100 index has gained

Impressions on LSM rebasing

January 23, 2022 (MLN): Finally, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has rebased the Large-Scale Manufacturing Index (LSMI) after a gap of more than a decade. At first look, it seems that the PBS has

Losing the plot on economy

December 14, 2021 (MLN): Managing Pakistan’s economy is not an easy affair by any stretch of the imagination. Finance ministers and central bank governors in the past have struggled to run affairs in an order

On inflation and its core

November 8, 2021 (MLN): Obtuse social media commentary from the ruling party aside, ordinary Pakistani is being crushed under the weight of inflation. Elevated food and energy prices have forced people to cut down their