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Greece to auction 1.0bn euros of 3-month T-bills on March 11 ATHENS: Greece will auction 1.0 billion euros ($1.09 billion) of three-month treasury bills on March 11 to refinance a maturing issue, debt agency PDMA said on Friday, announcing its second sale this month as the government faces a cash crunch. Shut out of debt markets and with aid from its official creditors frozen, Athens is scrambling to meet this month's funding needs, which include maturing treasury paper and a 1.5 billion-euro loan payment to the International Monetary Fund. Issuing T-bills is the only source of commercial borrowing for the left-right coalition government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The country's EU/IMF creditors have set a 15 billion-euro cap on such issues which has already been reached.The European Central Bank made clear on Thursday it would not raise the limit on Greece's issuance of short-term debt to help it avert a funding crunch, since EU treaty barred monetary financing of governments. The ...

Yields jump after strong US February jobs report NEW YORK: US Treasury yields spiked higher on Friday after data showed US nonfarm payrolls beat expectations and the jobless rate fell to a more than 6-1/2 year low in February, bolstering the view that the Federal Reserve will consider hiking rates in June. Nonfarm payrolls rose 295,000 last month after an increase of 239,000 in January, the Labor Department said. The decline in the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent in January ...
Bond prices mostly flat ahead of US jobs report NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices were mostly flat on Thursday as traders awaited Friday's closely watched US jobs report for hints on when the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates from current rock-bottom levels.Trading was muted in anticipation of the February employment report, which economists polled by Reuters expect will show nonfarm payrolls rose by 240,000. That would be down from January's 257,000 increase.Analysts said a significant improvement in the unemployment rate or wage growth ...
Euro zone yields near record lows as ECB about to show the money LONDON: Euro zone borrowing costs lurked around record lows on Thursday, with investors holding their bonds tight as the European Central Bank put the final touches to its trillion-euro asset-buying programme.German two-year yields were minus 0.20 percent, in line with the ECB's deposit rate as markets were unsure whether the bond-buying scheme would include assets that yield less than the rate at which the ECB effectively funds itself. The main concern is the ECB's ability ...
Kenya 91-day T-bill yield falls to 8.463pc NAIROBI: The weighted average yield on Kenya's 91-day Treasury bills fell to 8.463 percent at auction on Thursday from 8.645 percent last week, the central bank said. The bank said it received bids worth 1.92 billion shillings ($21 million) for the 1 billion shillings worth of bills offered. It accepted all the bids. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Bond prices mostly flat on mixed data ahead of US jobs report NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices were mostly flat on Wednesday after a weaker-than-expected reading on US private payrolls growth contrasted with stronger-than-expected US services sector data and created uncertainty ahead of Friday's US jobs report.US private employers added 212,000 jobs last month, lower than economists' expectations for 220,000, according to a Reuters poll. The figure was also lower than January's upwardly revised figure of 250,000.The Institute for Supply Management, meanwhile, said its services index was ...
Nigeria aims to raise 95bn naira at bond auction LAGOS: Nigeria plans to raise 95 billion naira ($476 million) by selling sovereign bonds with maturities ranging between 5 and 20 years on March 11, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said on Wednesday. The debt office said it will raise 35 billion naira in 5-year bonds and 35 billion naira each in the 10 and 20-year paper, using the Dutch auction system. All the bonds are a re-openings of previous issues and the result of ...


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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