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Bond yields edge lower on persisting global growth concerns NEW YORK: US long-dated Treasuries yields edged lower on Friday on persisting concerns over global economic growth, while short-dated yields were stable on short-covering after this week's dovish Federal Reserve meeting minutes. Weak German economic data and the International Monetary Fund's third cut to its global growth forecasts this year have ignited fears about the health of overseas economies this week, and fueled some safe-haven bids for US 30-year Treasury bonds Friday. "The price action is a continuation largely of the strength that we've been having," said David Ader, head of government bond strategy at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut, in reference to a climb in 30-year bond prices, which in turn, have lowered yields from 3.38 percent less than a month ago to 3.05 percent on Friday. He attributed the latest dip in yields to the lingering worries about global economic growth. Alarmed by faltering euro zone growth, top ...

German Bund yields resume fall as concern over growth returns LONDON: Bund yields fell towards new lows on Friday, after poor industrial data from Italy and a report saying Germany will cut its economic forecast. The prospect of economic slowdown has dominated the euro zone bond market for much of the week, beginning with weaker- than-expected German industry data and continuing with the International Monetary Fund's lowering its economic forecasts. Yields on German, French, Spanish, Austrian and Belgian bonds all reached record lows on Thursday ...
JGBs draw foreign demand amid shrinking yield differentials TOKYO: Foreign investors have poured into Japanese government bonds as the yield differential between Japanese and euro zone government debt shrinks and the yen continues to perform well against some currencies other than the US dollar. Data from Japan's Ministry of Finance show that foreign investors were net buyers of long-term Japanese bonds for 12 straight weeks until the third week of September, the longest such streak since the ministry began compiling the data in ...
Sri Lanka treasury secretary says appreciation of rupee is unavoidable COLOMBO: Appreciation of Sri Lanka's rupee is unavoidable due to higher export earnings and inflows from services, the island nation's Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said on Thursday. "Appreciation of the exchange rate is unavoidable," Jayasundera told a capital market conference in Colombo adding that a 12-16 percent growth in exports and inflows including an annual revenue of $2 billion from tourism. The rupee, which is largely under upward pressure has been broadly steady since February ...
Greece sells 1.138bn euros of 6 month T-bills, yield steady ATHENS: Greece sold 1.138 billion euros ($1.44 billion) of six-month treasury bills on Wednesday to roll over a maturing issue, the country's debt agency PDMA said. The T-bills were priced to yield 2.0 percent, unchanged from a previous sale in September. The sale's bid-cover ratio was 2.67, up from 2.5 in the previous sale. The settlement date for Wednesday's auction will be October 10. The amount raised included 262.5 million euros in non-competitive bids. Athens ...
Long-dated gilts hit 2-year high as IMF view sends investors into safe-havens LONDON: British 30-year gilt prices rose to their highest level in more than two years on Wednesday as investors carried on pouring money into safe-haven assets after a downbeat global economic outlook from the International Monetary Fund. British government bond prices rose across the range of maturities as riskier assets such as equities fell around the world, with the longest-dated bonds performing most strongly. The 30-year gilt yield fell to 2.907 percent, its lowest level ...
AIG collapse would have been catastrophic: Geithner WASHINGTON: Former US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testified Tuesday that if insurer AIG had been allowed to fail in 2008, the impact would have been an economic catastrophe.On the witness stand on the second day of the $40 billion lawsuit over the government's seizure of American International Group, Geithner said financial regulators were trying to avoid some of the mistakes made in the 1930s collapse.He stressed that much of what they did in the face ...

 



 
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