Karachi Stocks Hold Up Well As World Markets Plunge
Following the decision by the US Federal Reserve to cut interest rate by an unexpected 0.75%, it is likely that the world markets will stabilize shortly. However, the Asian markets have become extremely expensive with Pakistan's KSE being one of the few exceptions. This is likely to spur greater international investment in Karachi. The one wild card that remains in the immediate future is the Pakistani elections in February and what happens in its aftermath. If President Musharraf handles it well, both the KSE and the Pakistani economy will be the beneficiaries. Beyond that, if some semblance of stability continues, it would only be an additional bonus driving up the economy and the stock prices higher, bringing new jobs, expanding the size of the middle class with its spending power, and improving the living standards for all Pakistanis.