BR Research - Banking

Debt debate – context would not hurt!

Debt debate – context would not hurt!

Lately, a few commentators have been talking on public debt, and the narrative is populist. In economics, absolute numbers over span of decades have no...

The brave new banking world

The brave new banking world

‘Banks want to play tech companies,’ read a headline in this newspaper earlier this month. Given a private sector chronically starved off both credit and...

Banking: Big five take decent strides

Banking: Big five take decent strides

The big five (B5) banks lent almost similar amount to the private sector in 9MCY19, that they did a year ago. The net advances of...

NBP 9MCY19: Sound and strong

NBP 9MCY19: Sound and strong

National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) has continued its strong performance, as reflected by strong profit numbers for 9MCY19. The leading public sector bank racked up...

SBP focuses Investment constraints

SBP focuses Investment constraints

The SBP in its recently released annual report has incorporated a chapter on factors constraining investment in Pakistan: beyond macroeconomics. It is an interesting and...

Doing business: beyond World Bank rankings

Doing business: beyond World Bank rankings

Pakistan’s poor ranking on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business indicators is one of the main deterrents to growth in domestic and foreign investments...

Bank Alfalah: upbeat profits

Bank Alfalah: upbeat profits

Bank Alfalah Limited (BAFL) posted double digit year-on-year growth in pretax profits for 9MCY19, despite the challenging operating environment for most of the period. Despite...

Bank Al Habib profits grow

Bank Al Habib profits grow

Bank Al Habib Limited (BAHL) is doing pretty well. It posted a sizable 30 percent year-on-year increase in pre-tax profits. Granted, that the bank, alongside...

Demonetization: ‘objective’ matters

Demonetization: ‘objective’ matters

It is almost three years since the great macroeconomic experiment of "demonetization" had taken place in India. That so-called drive to rout black money has...

Ants, elephants, and SME finance

Ants, elephants, and SME finance

Access to affordable finance has long been labelled as one of the key obstacles to SME growth in Pakistan. But is that necessarily so, and...

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