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Governor SBP’s Claim

Governor SBP’s claim

The Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Ashraf Wathra in a session with the media titled topical issues in Pakistan's economy dated 1 September 2016 regurgitated data released by the…

SBP On Debt

SBP on debt

The readers would recall that I wrote an extensive paper on Pakistan's debt situation, published in the current issue of a quarterly, 'blue-chip'. The highly abridged version of the paper…

Sbp’s Annual Report And Exports

Sbp’s Annual Report And Exports

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) issued its Annual Report 2014-15 on the State of the Economy on 11th December 2015. As previously suggested, while the report is indeed an…

SBP On Deflation

SBP On Deflation

The readers would recall that I wrote two articles (February 17 and August 21, 2015) on the subject of deflation published in this newspaper. Perhaps these two articles, to the…

SBP Moving Too Fast?

SBP moving too fast?

With a 0.5 percent cut announced on Saturday; the Monetary Policy rate is now six percent. This should be the end of the easing cycle. There were expectations that the…

SBP Required To Exercise Prudence

SBP required to exercise prudence

The rate cut has brought a sigh of relief for an otherwise disgruntled business community. The decision is better than the expectations as most of the analysts and economists were…

Position Vindicated By SBP

Position vindicated by SBP

I wrote an article under the title "The true budget deficit" carried by this newspaper on October 13, 2014, which was written in response to the government's claim that it…

SBP And Bank Regulation

SBP and bank regulation

IN aggregate terms, Pakistan has a strong, stable and well-capitalised banking sector. The benchmark indicator of the health of the banking system, regulatory capital to risk-weighted assets, stood at nearly…

The SBP Report: Facts And Fiction

The SBP report: facts and fiction

The annual report of the State Bank of Pakistan for FY14, released on December 10, makes for fascinating reading. It seems to oscillate between telling the truth and defending the…