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Barclays to invest $1.6bn in green bonds by November 2015 LONDON: Barclays will invest at least 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) by November next year in green bonds from issuers including the World Bank, the British bank said on Monday, more than trebling its investment in the sector. Green bonds are fixed income securities designed to raise capital to finance low-carbon investments such as schemes to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Issuers are mainly governments or development banks such as the European Investment Bank, World Bank, International Finance Corporation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Barclays' existing portfolio of green bond investments is currently valued at 430 million pounds. "Barclays' Treasury team will continue to consider investments in new supra-national organisations and government issued bonds as they become available," the bank said in a statement. "Barclays will review its commitment to the green bonds sector on an ongoing basis, with the potential to increase it depending on overall growth ...

Sri Lanka central bank seen keeping key rates at multi-year lows on Tuesday COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's central bank is expected to retain its key monetary policy rates on Tuesday for an eighth straight month, a Reuters poll showed.Between December 2012 and January 2014, the central bank cut the repurchase rate, or repo rate, by 125 basis points (bps) and the reverse repurchase rate, the reverse repo, by 175 bps to stimulate economic growth.The pace of growth picked up to 7.3 percent last year from 6.3 percent in 2012. ...
Benchmark China money market rate opens lower after confirmation of PBOC cash injection SHANGHAI: China's benchmark money market rate opened sharply lower on Monday after a top Chinese state-owned bank executive confirmed that the central bank has injected money into the banking system via a policy tool known as Standing Lending Facility (SLF).The seven-day bond repurchase agreement opened at 3.15 percent, down from 3.34 percent at the close on Friday. The opening rate is often guided by the central bank and does not necessarily indicate liquidity conditions in ...
Nigerian interbank rates ease on improved liquidity LAGOS: Nigeria's interbank lending rates eased to an average of 10.37 percent this week, compared with 10.62 percent a week earlier, with markets expecting a liquidity boost from monthly government budgetary disbursement. Traders said though market liquidity was hit by large cash outflows to bond auction and open market operation (OMO), resulting in an outflow of about 220 billion naira ($1.35 billion), the market closed with a surplus of about 200 billion in cash on ...
Ghana inflation to ease to roughly 9.5pc in 2015: central bank ACCRA: Ghana expects inflation to ease to 9.5 percent, plus or minus two percentage points, by the second half of 2015 from a four-year high of 15.9 percent in August, central bank governor Henry Kofi Wampah said on Friday. He told Reuters the inflation rate would fall as the Bank of Ghana maintains its tight monetary policy stance, aided by government stabilisation efforts and a boost in foreign exchange liquidity.On Wednesday, the bank maintained its ...
BoE says its bond-buying failed to boost bank lending LONDON: The Bank of England's 375 billion pounds ($612 billion) of stimulus pumped into Britain's financial system did not boost bank lending, research from the central bank showed on Friday, although it helped turn the economy round in other ways.The BoE launched its bond buying programme in March 2009 during the nadir of Britain's worst post-war recession, and at the time said it might make banks more willing to lend to companies and households.New research ...
Turkish central bank injects 25bn lira in repo, bids 43.55bn ISTANBUL: Turkey's central bank injected 25 billion lira ($11.25 billion) into the market in a one-week repo auction on Friday at a fixed simple rate of 8.25 percent, bank data showed. Total bids for the repo, maturing on Sept. 26, amounted to 43.55 billion lira.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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