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Vietnam bonds rise on low inflation, high bank liquidity HANOI: Vietnam bonds rose on Friday, with yields at their lowest in nearly four months, driven by positive investor sentiment about banks' liquidity and slowing inflation, analysts said. Yields on government bonds on two-year terms fell 0.1438 point to 7.0875 percent, the lowest since Aug. 16, according to Reuters fixings data. One-year bond yields were down 0.1563 point to 6.4 percent, a low of almost six weeks. Inflation in November was 5.78 percent year on year, hitting its lowest level since August 2012, according to government data. Annual inflation this year is forecast to slow to between 6.2 and 6.3 percent, the lowest in a decade, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said last month. The State Bank of Vietnam, the central bank, on Wednesday said liquidity at credit institutions had improved significantly in recent months. Demand on interbank market has decreased and banks have been investing more in the bond ...

Russian central bank holds rates, sees inflation falling in 2014 MOSCOW: Russia's central bank left its key interest rate on hold at its monthly meeting on Friday, maintaining its campaign against stubbornly high inflation even as the economy suffers its weakest growth in four years. The bank said on Friday it expects inflation to fall in the first half of 2014 but not to reach its 5 percent target until the second half. Accordingly, it held the benchmark one-week minimum auction repo rate at 5.5 ...

Indian banks' loans up 14.2pc y/y in two weeks to Nov 29 MUMBAI: Indian banks' loans rose 14.2 percent from a year earlier in the two weeks to Nov. 29, while deposits grew 16.1 percent, the Reserve Bank of India's weekly statistical supplement showed on Friday. Outstanding loans rose 151.1 billion rupees ($2.45 billion) to 56.65 trillion rupees in the two weeks to Nov. 29. Non-food credit rose 127.1 billion rupees to 55.61 trillion rupees, while food credit rose 24.1 billion rupees to 1.04 trillion rupees. Bank ...

Air India to start talks on joining Star Alliance VIENNA: Air India is to start talks to join the Star Alliance group of carriers, the grouping said on Friday. "One of our white spots is India, one of the largest emerging markets in the aviation field," Star Alliance Chief Executive Mark Schwab said after a meeting of the Star Alliance members in Vienna on Friday. State-run Air India, which is selling planes to help its finances, had said last year it planned to ask ...

ECB's `ugly deleveraging' may call for new policies PARIS: The European Central Bank may have to use new tools to guard against the risks arising from the liquidity it has pumped into the financial system, ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said on Friday. Macroprudential policies may be needed to offset an "ugly deleveraging" as euro zone banks dumped assets supporting the real economy and held on to others that did not, Coeure said at a conference at the French Finance Ministry. Such ...

Turkish central bank says bids in 1-week repo 33.005bn lira ISTANBUL: The Turkish central bank injected 4 billion lira ($1.96 billion)in a one-week repo auction at a fixed simple rate of 4.50 percent on Friday, bank data showed. Bids totalled 33.005 billion lira at the auction, it said.Copyright Reuters, 2013

Spain's debt climbs to 93.4 pct of GDP at end September: Bank MADRID: Spain's debt rose to 93.4 percent of gross domestic product between July and September, compared to the government's year-end target of 94.2 percent of GDP, the Bank of Spain said on Friday.Spain sees the debt-to-GDP ratio peaking at 101 percent in 2015 and 2016, the highest levels in more than a century as the country struggles to reduce one of the largest budget gaps in the euro zone and revive the economy.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln