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05
May

RECALIBRATING ECONOMIC SENTIMENT AND EXPECTATIONS

As much as we focus on economic numbers and fundamentals, sentiment plays a major role in the direction of an economy. At the time of writing, most commentators, columnists, investors and friends with whom I spoke were pessimistic about the future of Sri Lanka’s economy. And I...
05
Apr

IMPLICATIONS OF THE OVERHAUL OF INFLATION METRICS

It may not be the most exciting area of economic development but one that is very much needed. The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) updated its Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) to a new base year of 2013 from the previous 2006/07. The base was last revised in June...
03
Apr

Sri Lanka struggles to build foreign reserves

A South Korean ship unloads its cargo of cars at a terminal in Hambantota port, providing the only sign of life at Sri Lanka's newest harbor, sited on its southern coast. The rest of this $1.4 billion port, built with a loan from the Export-Import Bank of China, sits idle. In...
20
Mar

Cultivating the capital market

Capital Market Conference 2017 came alive with straight talk and futuristic observations on the Sri Lankan economy, with the need for consistent policies and prompt execution intertwining through the discussions. Organised for the fifth consecutive year by UTO EduConsult; the...
16
Mar

Drought will block Sri Lanka from 2017 growth pace officials see: economists

Sri Lanka's 2017 growth rate is likely to be significantly lower than the government and central bank forecast, mainly due to a severe drought and tight monetary and fiscal policies, private economists said. The island nation's economy grew 4.4 percent in 2016, below the...
05
Mar

THE EBB AND FLOW OF EXTERNAL RESERVES

Quite often, growth, inflation, and currency and interest rates hog the headlines when the economy is being assessed and reviewed. While these are important variables for Sri Lanka, reserves deserve equal attention. In an economy such as Sri Lanka’s, reserves could be labelled as...
23
Feb

SL must recalibrate expectations for private sector

Sri Lanka needs to recalibrate its expectations and push policy makers to get low lying fruits, for the private sector to take off, ‎Frontier Research Product Head and Economist Shiran Fernando said. He was speaking at a seminar on capital markets 2017, held in Colombo.“Sri...
20
Feb

Foreign investors withdraw over Rs.100bn from Government Securities Market: Media reports

The Ceylon Today newspaper reported on Sunday, February 19 that foreign investors have withdrawn over 100 billion rupees from the Government Securities Market over the past eighteen weeks. Economists say that this mass withdrawal of foreign investors from Sri Lankan Treasury...
16
Feb

CIM Sri Lanka heralds 2017 with Talking Point series

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Sri Lanka held its inaugural Talking Point Programme for the New Year titled ‘Insights for Marketing in 2017’ in January at the Union Ballroom, Hilton Colombo Residences. With an aim to appraise participants on the marketing trends of...