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Ivory Coast aims to borrow over $1bn ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast will next month tap international lending markets for a second time, aiming to raise more than $1 billion in a placement of bonds, the country's finance minister said Thursday."The objective is to complete the operation by the end of February 2015 so that the money will be available in March," Daniel Kablan Duncan told a news conference.Ivory Coast successfully raised $750 million in a eurobond placement last July in its first foray into the international debt markets.The 10-year bonds were placed with a yield of 5.625 percent, just a month after its international partners wrote off $6.5 billion in development aid.Duncan did not specify what the next tranche of borrowed money would be used for, but since the country's political crisis ended in 2011 with the installing of Alassane Ouattara as president, the country has stepped up infrastructure spending.That has helped Ivory Coast achieve growth rates of ...

German yields dip on Fed rate hike doubts, Greek worries LONDON: German bond yields fell on Thursday as worries over Greece's new anti-bailout government buoyed demand for top-rated assets from investors who were also starting to think the U.S. Federal Reserve could hold back any interest rate rise.Athens looked to set to endure a fourth day of market jitters since Sunday's election with its newly-instated government at loggerheads with international creditors as it begins to roll back austerity measures.Strained relationships in the euro area will ...

UK 10-year government bond yield touches new record low LONDON: Ten-year British government bond yields fell to a record low on Thursday, driven down by the U.S. Federal Reserve underlining it will be "patient" in raising interest rates, as well as by uncertainty about the new Greek government's reforms.The 10-year gilt yield sank below 1.4 percent for the first time, breaking a record which had held since the depths of the euro zone debt crisis in July 2012, and reached a trough of 1.396 ...

Greek 5-year yields hit record high on concerns over anti-bailout cabinet LONDON: Greek five-year yields jumped to record highs on Wednesday as investor concerns that the new anti-bailout government in Athens was squaring up for a clash with international creditors rocked the country's markets.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras chaired his first cabinet meeting on Wednesday after appointing a team of anti-austerity ministers and halting privatisation of Greece's biggest port, agreed under its 240-billion-euro international bailout.Markets took this as another signal that he intends to stick to election ...

Ten-year gilt prices rally on downbeat global economic data LONDON: Ten-year gilt prices rose strongly on Tuesday following some downbeat economic data, particularly from the United States, that prompted a rally in safe-haven government bonds.By 1620 GMT the 10-year gilt yield was down around 3.5 basis points on the day at 1.48 percent, as the bond outperformed equivalent German debt but trailed behind surging U.S. Treasuries.Gilts wavered following weaker-than-expected British economic growth data for the fourth quarter, but rallied strongly following after a gauge ...

Italy to offer up to 8.25bn euros of CCTEU, BTP at auction ROME: Italy's Treasury said on Monday it would issue up to 8.25 billion euros ($9.32 billion) of floating-rate notes linked to euro-zone inflation (CCTEU), and fixed-rate bonds (BTP) at its regular end-month auction on Jan. 29. The Treasury said in a statement it would offer: Between 1.25 billion euros and 1.75 billion euros of a 9th tranche CCTEU maturing on Dec. 15, 2020. Between 2.5 billion euros and 3 billion euros of a 5th tranche ...

US yields fall as European debt yields drop to record lows NEW YORK: US Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bond yields fell to record lows, a day after the European Central Bank said it would launch new stimulus in an effort to boost sagging regional growth and stave off deflation.The ECB said it would buy 60 billion euros ($67 billion) of assets a month from March, focusing mainly on sovereign bonds. Bond purchases will cover maturities of up to 30 years - longer ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln