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The size of the Pakistani middle class in 2017

The Pakistan middle class estimation challenge.

Pakistan middle class estimation challenge circa 2017. If you are in a rush and need a number for Pakistan middle class estimation, just use the following figures and graph.  Please feel free to use, cite or quote. Middle class definition is households consuming more than

Putting the ecosystem on the map. Hashtag 021Disrupt

Putting the ecosystem on the map. #021Disrupt How one conference this year changed the tone of the conversation around the tech ecosystem in Pakistan. Tariq Ellahi and Tausif Ahmed flew in on separate flights to Karachi on November, 3rd, 2017.  Their motivation for visiting the

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The case for Optimal portfolio alpha.

The case for optimal portfolio alpha. We revisit the optimal portfolio alpha allocation challenge. What is the right approach for allocating portfolio alpha? Maximizing alpha, minimizing alpha or somewhere in between? Is there a viable alternate approach that can make money with  portfolio alpha estimation

Circles of light

Circles of light One sweltering summer we invited our partners in Thailand for a round of meetings in Karachi. The year was 2006 and the city was mostly dug up as newly found money for development made way for flyovers, underpasses, road extensions and traffic

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Crude oil price outlook-2020-2030

Crude Oil price outlook 2020-2030. If you are interested in crude oil as an investor, an analyst or a consumer there is no shortage of conflicting opinions out there.  For industry outsiders it is even worse – crude oil price outlook is a puzzle with

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Of sunshine, sparks and dreams.

Of sunshine, sparks and dreams. It was a small room that could fit four rows of chairs length wise, three across. A makeshift stage had been set in the front by pushing the furniture aside.  A class room, you thought automatically. Whiteboard, projector, sitting tables.

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TARF Pricing model guide now live

TARF Pricing model guide Our new eight part series on TARF Pricing model guide is now live. The objective of the pricing model guide is to introduce both product features and behavior as well as pricing approaches to this common FX structure that can now

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