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Bonds draw heavy demand as Fed worries pass for now BUDAPEST: Central European assets rose on Thursday and government bond auctions in the region attracted strong demand after the Federal Reserve pushed back expectations for its first rate rise in almost a decade.Higher US rates would make the assets of Europe's emerging markets less attractive and the risk of a US rate hike in June had caused wobbles in the region's markets in the past two weeks.Offsetting that, Central European assets have been buoyed by the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme, its relatively high bond yields, and the fact that the region is growing faster than the euro zone.The region's most volatile currency, the Hungarian forint , touched a 14-month high against the euro at 301.25, and at 1329 GMT it traded half a percent firmer from Wednesday at 302.80.Romania's leu hit six-week highs and traded at 4.42 against the euro, up 0.7 percent.Both countries sold government bonds at auctions ...

Most yields rise but long-dated slip day after Fed meeting NEW YORK: Short- and medium-dated US Treasuries yields rose modestly on Thursday, bouncing off multi-week lows on the view that the Federal Reserve is still moving closer to tightening monetary policy despite its recent dovish statement. Yields on Treasury notes maturing within two to 10 years edged higher after plunging on Wednesday after the Fed cut its inflation outlook for 2015 and its forecast for US economic growth following a two-day policy meeting. Yields on ...
Irish debt at negative yields for first time ever DUBLIN: Eurozone member Ireland on Thursday auctioned short-term public debt at a negative yield for the first time as the European Central Bank's stimulus programme drives down borrowing costs across Europe. The National Treasury Management Agency sold 500 million euros ($532.77 million) of six month treasury bills at a yield of minus 0.01 percent.Negative yields mean investors will pay to lend money to those seeking cash. But they can still make money should for example ...
US T-bill rates rise on view of Fed rate hike NEW YORK: Interest rates on US Treasury bills rose early Wednesday as some traders anticipated the Federal Reserve might signal it would raise rates later this year due to a strengthening jobs market.Analysts expect Fed policy-makers, who are holding a two-day policy meeting that ends on Wednesday, to remove the word "patient" in reference to the timing of a rate increase in a statement expected to be issued at 2 p.m. (1600 GMT).Analysts said such ...
Yields fall at long end, rise on bills before Fed statement NEW YORK: US medium- and long-dated Treasury yields hit multi-week lows on Wednesday as investors expected the Federal Reserve could note the lack of inflationary pressures in its upcoming policy statement.The expectation of higher interest rates before long boosted yields on ultra-short Treasury bills as traders anticipate that strength in the U.S. jobs market will still lead the Fed to raise rates by June or September, affecting pricing in short-dated Treasury bills.Analysts said weakness in ...
UK gilt sales seen rising to 147bn stg in 2015/16 LONDON: Britain will increase sales of government bonds in the coming fiscal year, despite improving public finances, in part to refinance an increased number of gilts that are due to mature, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.The mid-range forecast from a poll of 17 primary dealers over the past week is for the Debt Management Office to issue 147 billion pounds ($216.5 billion) in the year starting in April, more than the 125.9 billion pounds ...
Bond yields fall as sliding oil prices hint at mild inflation NEW YORK: US intermediate- and long-dated Treasury yields hit their lowest in over two weeks on Tuesday after further declines in oil prices underscored mild inflation, while weak U.S. economic data pointed to a more dovish Federal Reserve.The weakness in oil prices helped push yields on Treasuries maturing within 7 to 30 years to their lowest since March 2. Longer-dated Treasuries benefit from signs of mild inflation, since inflation erodes the value of interest payouts.Brent ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyApril
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln