Islamic banking, also known as Sharia-compliant banking, has been gaining momentum in Pakistan. With the assets of the Islamic Banking Industry (IBI) reaching Rs 6,902 billion in September 2022, it’s essential to understand what Islamic banking is and its implications for investors.
Islamic banking operates in accordance with Islamic principles and prohibits the charging or paying of interest (riba). Instead, it promotes profit-sharing arrangements, risk-sharing partnerships, and ethical investment practices. This system aims to align financial activities with Islamic values and promote social justice and economic stability.
Both saving and investing play a crucial role in achieving financial stability and growth. However, many people confuse the two concepts, and as a result, they may not be getting the most out of their money. That’s why KTrade is here to help you understand the difference.
Saving refers to setting aside money for future use, such as putting your money into a savings account. This allows you to build an emergency fund, achieve short-term financial goals, and avoid debt. You then have a financial cushion to fall back on in case of unexpected events like job loss, medical emergencies, or car repairs. Saving also allows you to achieve short-term financial goals like paying for a vacation, or making a down payment on a house.
Back in 2019, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan reached an agreement to provide financial assistance to help the country address its economic challenges. So far the country has received $4.0 billion out of the total amount of $6.5 billion. For the next tranche of around $1.0 billion, the country has to meet various conditions causing the delay in staff level agreement. As a result, investor sentiment has been negatively impacted, and the market has remained range bound. However, all is not dark! There are ways to navigate these economic uncertainties, and you can do so with KTrade. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the IMF and Pakistan agreement, the reasons behind the delays, and the potential impact on investors and the market.
Firstly, the IMF deal will provide much-needed financial assistance to Pakistan, which has been struggling with a mounting debt crisis. The country’s external debt currently stands at around $105 billion, with the government struggling to meet its repayment obligations. The IMF has agreed to provide a loan of $6 billion to Pakistan over the next three years, which will help to alleviate some of the pressure on the country’s finances. However, as of March 2023, the talks between the government and the IMF appear to be at an impasse amidst an expanding list of conditions, including lending guarantees from friendly countries. Mixed signals from government officials, including planned petroleum and flour subsidies, have fueled speculations of further delays in the program’s revival. Despite this, through the materialization of additional bilateral, multilateral, and IMF’s funding, the government is targeting a reserve balance of around USD 8-9bn by June 30th, 2023. (For those looking for regular updates on Pakistan’s economic climate, follow our LinkedIn and Facebook).