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Pakistan Economy: Drastic measures make for an unruly quarter

  • Headline inflation continues its upward trajectory, with the upcoming Jun'19 reading expected to touch a multi-year high of 9.65%YoY vs. 9.11%YoY in the preceding month and 5.21%YoY in Jun'18. Sequentially, the consumer price index is likely to go up by 1.06%MoM.
  • Inflationary pressures are primarily stemming from i) rising food prices (food index: up 1.77%MoM), ii) higher retail fuel prices pushed by PkR weakness (transport index: up 1.86%MoM) and iii) general price hike in certain categories (i.e. tobacco & sugar) in anticipation of FY20 budget.
  • With macro-adjustments (i.e. both in fiscal and energy space) finally setting in from Jul'19, we see a steep increase in inflation, with headline inflation averaging at 11.73%YoY in FY20 before peaking out at 13.59%YoY in Sep'19 (primarily driven by utility rate hike).
  • The upfront nature of proposed adjustments should necessitate a tough policy response from the central bank, where we expect it to raise the policy rate by at least 150bps in the upcoming monetary policy announcement.
AKD Securities Limited
AKD Securities Limited

AKD Securities Ltd. is one of the leading securities firm in Pakistan, providing a comprehensive range of investor focused services, including equity brokerage, economic and securities research, investment banking and financial advisory services. AKD Securities accounts for more than 6% of the average daily value of the Karachi Stock Exchange. AKD Securities was the first brokerage house to launch an online trading platform in Pakistan in November 2002 and now has the largest market share with over 6000 customers. This has helped diversify and expand the retail investor base in the country and ushered in a whole new universe of investors to the stock market.

AKD Securities Ltd. caters to a diversified group of domestic and international institutional investors, high net worth individuals and upscale retail clients, including expatriate Pakistanis. With high quality research, unparalleled execution and distribution capability for both regular and large block trades, AKD Securities Ltd. has earned an outstanding reputation in the Pakistani securities industry.Outside of commercial banks, AKD Securities Ltd. is one of the biggest capital market firms in the country. AKD Securities is the leader in raising and providing risk capital in underwriting, market making and mergers and acquisitions in Pakistan. Good corporate governance and professionalism are emphasized throughout the firm and AKD Securities Ltd. is amongst the very few companies to have introduced a firm-wide comprehensive CODE of ETHICS, overseen by an independent compliance manager.Ultimately, our success is based on the quality of service we provide to our customers and the trust and confidence reposed in us by them. Our focus, therefore, remains on customer satisfaction at all levels in the company.

Umer Farooq

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