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Italy head of debt says bail-in rules may encourage buys of govt bonds ROME: So called 'bail-in' rules that impose losses on bank shareholders and bondholders if a lender needs to be rescued may promote purchases of Italian government bonds, the head of public debt said, as they make debt issues by banks more risky. Maria Cannata, head of debt at Italy's Treasury, said the new rules, which enter into force from January, could encourage investors to buy "slightly longer dated" government bonds. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Russia has smooth foreign debt repayment schedule until 2019 MOSCOW: Russia has passed the peak of its foreign debt repayments and has a smooth foreign debt repayment schedule until 2019, Sergei Moiseev, the head of the Russian central bank's financial stability department, said on Monday. Copyright Reuters, 2015

US bond prices firm as world stock markets drop NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices edged up on Friday and benchmark yields hovered at their lowest levels in over three weeks as global stock market losses stoked demand for lower-risk government debt.Bond prices initially rose on a steep sell-off in Chinese equities after Reuters reported Chinese stock regulators widened their probe of brokerages to include the country's fourth-largest securities firm. The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 5.5 percent for its largest single-day loss since late August, ...

Prospect of dual ECB deposit charges sends short-term rates to new lows LONDON: Short-term euro zone interest rates fell to record lows on Thursday as markets interpreted a European Central Bank debate about two-tier deposit rates as signalling an aggressive cut was on the cards.Overnight bank-to-bank Eonia lending rates dated for the ECB's Dec. 3 meeting fell below minus 0.28 percent, reflecting expectations the bank could cut the deposit rate to as low as minus 0.35 percent, from the current minus 0.20 percent.But the Eonia pricing could ...

China completes offshore yuan bond sale to institutional investors HONG KONG: China completed its sale of 12 billion yuan ($1.57 billion) in dim sum bonds in Hong Kong to institutional investors and central banks on Thursday, the seventh year the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has tapped the market to bolster its development.Four tenors were available, including a 5 billion yuan three-year tranche, a 3 billion yuan five-year tranche and 1 billion yuan each of a 10-year and 20-year tranche.The bonds were priced at 3.29 ...

Swiss 10-year government bond yields touch record low ZURICH: Swiss 10-year government bond yields touched a record low of -0.375 percent on Wednesday as expectations grew that central banks will ease monetary policy further. Traders said the European Central Bank was widely tipped to act at a meeting next week. Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan also told a newspaper that the SNB had no limit on increasing its balance sheet as it tries to weaken the franc. Copyright Reuters, 2015

German short-term yields hit record low as ECB mulls deposit rate tweaks LONDON: German two- and five-year government bond yields hit new lows on Wednesday after a report that European Central Bank officials are considering options to stagger charges on banks hoarding cash or to buy more debt ahead of next week's ECB meeting. The central bank is widely expected to cut its deposit rate on Dec. 3 and possibly expand its asset-purchase programme to lift inflation and growth in the euro area. ECB officials are considering ...


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
Exports $1.729 bln
Imports $3.926 bln
WeeklyNovember 30, 2015
Reserves $19.828 bln