Sharjil Haque

The writer is a macroeconomic analyst based in Washington D.C.

September 4, 2018
September 4, 2018

Fixing our current account deficit

If it was for a large, resource-rich country like the United States or Germany, a current account deficit of around USD 10 billion would be nothing. But for a small developing economy like...

August 27, 2018
August 27, 2018

Sanchayapatra: The scapegoat of our financial sector problems?

Playing the blame game is one of our oldest rituals. When a crisis strikes it's always easier to lay the blame on someone that appears, only on surface, to be the “bad guy” without admitting...

February 20, 2018
February 20, 2018

For a vibrant financial sector

An “economic miracle”—that's how leading international newspaper the Financial Times described Bangladesh in an article last year as it showered praises over our economic achievements.

January 8, 2018
January 8, 2018

Sanchayapatra and cost of borrowing

There is a lot of controversy these days surrounding the interest rates offered by Sanchayapatra of the Department of National Savings, which the government uses to finance its budget deficit.

December 29, 2017
December 29, 2017

Buoyant but not resilient

With the year 2017 drawing to a close, we are left with both positive and not-so-positive observations from the country's stock market. We all know that after the crash in 2010, the market has...

December 19, 2017
December 19, 2017

Bringing multinationals to the stock market

Bringing multinationals to the stock market is one of those long-standing policy challenges regulators have been grappling with for many years now. On the surface, it appears to be an issue of...

August 22, 2017
August 22, 2017

How to stimulate the stock market?

One common discourse in the financial and policy arena of Bangladesh is the idea that higher rate on national savings schemes discourages investment in the stock market.

August 16, 2017
August 16, 2017

To cut or not to cut?

To cut or not to cut yield on national savings schemes (NSS)—that's one headache our finance minister is unable to get rid of. Will reducing rates on national savings schemes (NSS) have a...

July 29, 2017
July 29, 2017

Rising current account deficit: How vulnerable are we?

First things first, let's recall that a current account shows the flow of goods and services, primary and secondary income between a country and the rest of the world.

January 9, 2017
January 9, 2017

Monetary policy brandishing double-edged swords

Detractors can fret about instability and balance of payment difficulties, but make no mistake, such risks will remain contained if capital controls are relaxed gradually (following a medium-term...