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18 Feb, 2014
Privatisation: The Right Way
By Agha Waqar
July 29, 2013
For countries like Pakistan, the privatisation argument is mostlybased on two elements. First, the fiscal argument that governments improve their financial positions by selling public business enterprises. Second, that allocation of capital between alternative investments would improve if governments were not involved in the process. While these are true, privatisation should primarily have an economic reform focus.
18 Feb, 2014
Market-Friendly Or Business-Friendly?
By Ishrat Hussain
December 31, 2013
Governments in developing countries are increasingly being accused of policies and practices that favour cronies and party loyalists in allocation of scarce resources. They do this blatantly in the name of market-friendly policies thereby creating mistrust, suspicion and doubts in the minds of the ordinary citizens about the ‘market’.
25 May, 2011
Egypt: You Can't Eat Democracy
May 26, 2011
By Alan Fraser & Ben Crossland
But the most pressing problem for the interim government remains the economy, as in most of the Arab Spring countries: “We are very much concerned by the rise in expectations... Sometimes the demands are justified and sometimes they are unrealistic," Finance Minister Samir Radwan said this week.
02 Mar, 2011
Legislating Middlemans Ouster
By Dr. Khalil Ahmad
March 2, 2011
The middleman tends to be eliminated . . . He can only be safely eliminated by natural processes. Sometimes he is of real use and helps production; sometimes he is not; but this cannot be decided by a blind strike, but only by allowing the forces of competition to act upon him.
21 Feb, 2011
Economic Backbone: Its None Of Your Business
By Nyda Mukhtar
February 21, 2011
They are capable of resuscitating a dying economy and of making third world countries first world powers. They can develop cities and rural areas, put an end to wars, and make societies and communities stronger.
31 Jan, 2011
The Cruelest Tax Of All
By Sarel Oberholster
January 31, 2011
The zero-interest-rate policy deserves closer scrutiny. Would a saver willingly agree to an economic environment of zero interest rates? Certainly not. Would a debtor prefer a zero interest rate? Absolutely. The saver and the debtor would, under normal, willing-economic-participant conditions, negotiate a "price" for the use of money saved. That price for the use of funds is interest.
The central bank enters the negotiation between saver and borrower, and by counterfeiting money it destroys the negotiating base of the saver. Counterfeiting money through policies of unlimited liquidity provision is a "price control" over interest rates, instituted to force interest rates down and eventually spiral them downwards out of control to zero. The interest income of the saver is eventually taxed to extinction at zero interest rates.
22 Jan, 2011
Monetary Policy: The Right Increase
By Ali Salman
January 22, 2011
The State Bank’s decision to increase the discount rate seems justified to counter the rising inflation, a negative real interest rate and increased government borrowing.
When real interest rates are negative, there is no incentive for lending and saving. In such an inflationary environment, every individual would rationally spend her money today rather than save for tomorrow. This would further deepen the inflationary spiral.
11 Jan, 2011
Trade Deficits And Fiat Currencies
January 11, 2011
There is a definite connection between fiat currencies and trade deficits. Critics of the Federal Reserve are right to blame it for distorting trade flows and setting the US economy up for an inflationary crash. However, a trade deficit per se is not a sign of a bad economy. Indeed the trade deficit might blossom if the US ever returned to the gold standard, though it would be due to a productive net inflow of producer goods.
25 Dec, 2010
This Bread Is Mine
December 25, 2010
20 Dec, 2010
Rewarding Market For Disclosure
December 17, 2010
Adapting existing social contracts for business transactions hold the answer towards documentation; not levy of more taxes.
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