2013 was a mixed year with the stock indices gearing up slightly better than the last couple of years. The economy went fine with good amount of remittances inflowing and foreign reserves rising to the historical height. However, the second half of the year was filled with vagaries in the political zone. The continuous nationwide strikes sparked the food prices drastically as movement of goods inside the country was seriously obstacle by the political activities. Exports also suffered as the exporters had to pay almost three times extra money for inland transportation. Interestingly, after many years, the country did not go through any natural calamity in 2013 which is quite unnatural for a natural disaster-prone country like Bangladesh. With this on the backdrop, Market Pulse is back with its year-end review comprising insights of fifteen leaders from different sectors of the economy.