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					A financial market is a place for buying and selling of financial securities such as stocks and bonds. It
facilitates:



The raising of capital (in the capital markets)

The transfer of risk (in the derivatives markets

In matching those who want capital to those who have it.

Financial Market in Pakistan consists of (i) Money Market which provides short term funds and (ii)
Capital Market which makes long terms funds available to businesses and industries.



The Financial market can be reclassified into (i) Primary Market in which new shares or bonds are issued
and (ii) Secondary Market in which securities previously issued are traded such as Shares, Bonds,
Commercial Papers, Options and Mutual Fund.



Of this, the banking sectors and non-banking sectors are regulated by the central bank, State Bank of
Pakistan. While rest of the market (lease, stock exchanges, modarba, mutual funds and insurance) is
regulaled by Secruities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.



A sketch showing financial markets in Pakistan is shown at right-hand side and further explained in the
paragraphs that follow.



FINANCIAL MARKETS



COMMERCIAL BANKS

A type of bank providing checking and saving accounts, credit cards and business loans. Such a bank
induces general public to deposit their savings in the banks and offers a wide range of services such as:



Deposit Mobilization

Money transfer

Financing Working Capital
Financing other trade related mode (import and export)

Investing in government securities

Call money operations

These banks are of three categories (i) Public Sector Banks, (ii) Private Bank and (iii) Foreign Banks.




LEASE -FINANCE EQUIPMENT

INVESTMENT BANKS

Investment banks perform a variety of functions. Primarily, they assist corporations to raise equity-
capital by underwriting the public issues. They also assist companies desiring of mergers and acquisition
and derivatives. In addition, they provide services like trading of derivative, foreign exchange, fixed
income instruments and shares listed on the stock exchanges.



Such banks cannot take deposits. They manage their affairs by charging fees such as (i) retainer fee, (ii)
advisory fees based on the transactions, (iii) commission on underwriting and (iv) other financial
services.




PICIC was once a premier development in Pakitan but has merged with a commerical bank.

BOND MARKET OUTLOOK



DEVELOPMENT BANKS

These banks provide guidance in selection of industrial units and extend direct financial assistance to
partly cover their financial requirements. Also, they engage themselves in promotional activities to
attract investors towards neglected sectors through publishing brochures and research papers. Besides,
they help in assessing feasibility of potential projects. Such banks are responsible for speeding up the
pace of economic growth in the country in conformity with the national objectives, plans and priorities.



Their core functions are:
Direct financial assistance

Catalytic function

Mobilization of domestic savings

Ensuring balance regional and industrial growth

Expanding entrepreneurial base by encourage new comers

At one time, there were 14 Development Banks in Pakistan. However, most of them have been closed
one after another as their bad debts mounted up. It is natural as they take substantial risks in promoting
new types of industrial projects in underdeveloped areas sponsored preferably by new-comers.
Nevertheless, their contribution brings fruits to the economy in the shape of successful industrial units
and transfer of technology.



At present, 8 development banks are operating which mostly are joint-venture with other Islamic
Countries.



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MICROFINANCE BANK

A microfinance bank would cater to the credit needs of poor households and their small enterprises.
Thus microfinance bank provide credit to those poor who are not considered creditworthy by the
commercial banks and other financial institutions. On the other hand, the microfinance bands recognize
every single human being as a potential and creditworthy entrepreneur. In addition, they provide basic
training in start of a small business, simple book-keeping and accounting.



The main aim of microfinance institutions is alleviation of poverty through helping poor persons to earn
some money especially the women.
ISLAMIC BANKS

In Islam, it is prohibited to charge interest on any loan. However, it is acceptable to pass on funds to a
needy person or corporation for trade purpose in which case profit could be shared on an agreed basis
whereas loss should be shared according to the funds invested. Besides, there are certain businesses
where any form of deal is forbidden like alcohols and pork.



Accordingly, Islamic bank refer to a banking activity which is consistent with the Sharia, the Islamic Laws.
Otherwise, there is no difference between the traditional banks and the Islamic bank.




DISCOUNT HOUSES

These are firms which buys and discounts bills of exchange, banker' acceptance, commercial paper, etc.
Discount houses also tender for treasury bills, deal in short-dated government bonds, and are an
important part of the short-term money markets.



INSURANCE COMPANIES

Insurance is a hedge against the risk of a contingent and uncertain loss. In other words, it is the
equitable transfer of the risk of a loss, from one entity to another, in exchange for payment. For this
service, the insurer charges a fee called premium depending upon the risk involved.



Besides traditional insurance companies, there are many Islamic insurance companies in Pakistan known
as Takaful operators. Takaful is an Islamic insurance concept based on mutual co-operation,
responsibility, assurance, protection and assistance between groups of participants. These companies
believe in promoting the cause of Takaful as well as promoting the insurance business in a Shariah
Compliant i.e. halal and absolutely Riba-Free insurance.




STOCK EXCHANGES
Stock exchange is a place where securities are bought and sold. Such securities include shares,
derivative, unit trusts and bonds. It also provides facilities for the issue and redemption of securities.
Prices of shares and bonds are influenced by their demand and supply like in other commodities.



In order to list a security on the stock exchange, there are certain requirements. Transactions in the
stock exchange are conducted by members only. Stock exchange serves both as a primary market for
the initial public offerings and as a secondary market for their subsequent buying and selling



Investors are not bound to sell stock or bond through the stock exchange. They can directly deal with
the seller. Similarly, there is no compulsion that stock must be traded on the exchange. The securities
can change ownership out of the exchange which is called ‘over the counter” or “curb dealings.”




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LEASING

It is a contract where owner of an asset agrees to allow someone to use it for a fixed rental. It can be for
fixed or indefinite period of time. It is a binding contract which sets out terms of lease agreement
between the owner and the user.



Leases are of various types mainly (i) a financial lease and (ii) an operating lease. The financial lease is
long-term and non-cancellable contract where the user assumes some of the risks of ownership and has
the right to keep the assets or get it transferred to its own name after fulfilling the necessary conditions.
In operating lease, the owner transfer only the right to use the assets which is returned back at the end
of the lease.
There are some other types especially in the aircraft industry like wet lease and dry-lease and. In wet
lease, a company agrees to provide an aircraft along with pilot and crew and would be responsible for
the maintenance of the aircraft. Dry lease, on the other hand, refers to leasing only the aircraft.



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MODARBA

If is a form of partnership which has two distinct parties: (i) the financier and (ii) the manager. The
financer takes no part of management of the business. The profits are distributed among the subscriber
while the manager is paid the usual salary.



Modarba is one the modes of Islamic finance. It is like mutual fund minus its un-Islamic features.



Not only in Pakistan, the Islamic financial services industry has witnessed a phenomenal growth all over
the Islamic world. In particuar, the Modaraba Sector has been able to create a market niche for itself in
the corporate sector. This model is enjoying a unique recognition due to its well designed structure with
proper rules and regulations defined by the regulators. It has proved its resilience in this time of global
financial turmoil.



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MUTUAL FUND

It is a professionally managed type of pooled investment for acquiring securities like stocks, bonds,
marketable securities and commodities. The profit is distributed by way of dividend to all investors.
Financial market in Pakistan experienced boom conditions in1991 due to liberalization policies of the
government. There was a manifold increase in the number of listed companies; number of commercial
banks, local and foreign and financial instruments like commercial paper.



But it has still to develop and a number of suggestions have been made:



The public sector should reduce its dependence on State Bank of Pakistan.

The infrastructure projects should be financed through domestic bonds of longer maturities (10-20
years).

The financial sectors (capital markets, micro credit, banking and non-banking sector) should have a
better and more clearly delineated division of responsibilities.

Foreign institutional investors should be encouraged to take up (i) private equity funds, (ii) private
pension funds, (iii) provident and gratuity funds and (iv) Real Estate Investment Trusts.

Mortgage financing should be encouraged.

				
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