Karachi, January 17, 2022: Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) held a gong ceremony today to announce the launch of Alfalah Consumer Index Exchange Traded Fund (ACIETF). The launch of this ETF marks the listing of the sixth ETF on PSX. The participants of the Ceremony included MD & CEO PSX, Mr. Farrukh H. Khan; CEO Bank Alfalah Ltd, Mr Atif Bajwa; CEO Alfalah GHP Investment Management Limited, Mr. Nabeel Malik, and senior management of the three organisations.
Speaking at the occasion, the MD PSX, Mr. Farrukh Khan, stated, “ETFs are an innovative product in global capital markets and it is exciting to have the sixth ETF being listed on PSX. Alfalah Consumer Index ETF is the first consumer focused ETF on PSX and it will track the 13th index on the market, the Alfalah Consumer Index. This is a valuable addition to the ETF sector of the bourse which is sure to attract retail and institutional investors. I congratulate Alfalah Investments on launching this innovative new ETF.”
He further stated, “Taking this opportunity to open the trading day with the launch of the newly added ETF on the bourse, I would emphasise upon brokers and AMCs to educate and promote ETFs to their customers and investors. Particularly, I would emphasise upon brokers to train their sales teams so they can advise investors about the advantages of investing in an ETF. An investor can get diversified exposure to the stock market by a single trade. This is both cost effective and simple.”
The CEO of Bank Alfalah Limited, Mr. Atif Bajwa, added, “It is a pleasure to be here at the launch of the new ETF, the Alfalah Consumer Index ETF, which comes under the Alfalah family. The consumer focused ETF is something that we are very excited about. Bank Alfalah and Alfalah Investments which are part of the Alfalah family will continue to play a pioneering role in bringing new products and innovation in the market.”
Speaking at the launch of the sixth ETF on PSX, the CEO of Alfalah GHP Investment Management Limited, Mr. Nabeel Malik, said, “In a bid to offer innovative products, Alfalah Investments has designed Alfalah Consumer Index ETF. We believe this ETF will provide investors a unique investment avenue to play the country’s promising demographics. ACI-ETF focuses on sectors which are direct beneficiaries of growing consumer demand in the country which is anticipated to strengthen further in wake of economic recovery and sustained GDP growth. Pakistan’s GDP growth has always been driven by strong local demand due to very favorable demographics where a young and robust population takes the driving seat on consumption side. This ETF therefore will provide as a concentrated avenue to investors that are planning to play the consumer demand story of the country. This is a key milestone in Alfalah GHP Investments’ journey, as with this addition, we will be managing funds in majority of product categories thus offering our investors a variety of investment options to choose from.”
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