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France to issue 187bn euros in bonds in 2015 PARIS: France will issue 187 billion euros in medium and long term debt next year net of buybacks, the AFT public debt management agency said on Thursday, trimming its target by one billion euros from an initial estimate as France narrows its public deficit.Issuance will rise from 173 billion euros ($213 billion) this year because of a spike in redemptions next year to a record 116.5 billion euros as a wave of bonds issued during the financial crisis come due.Agence France Tresor said short-term debt issuance would remain stable next year.France is borrowing at record low interest rates as ECB easing expectations drove euro zone government bond yields lower across the board."Financing conditions today are exceptional," AFT chief Ambroise Fayolle said, noting that France had borrowed at an average 1.31 percent rate on debt of more than one year in 2014, compared with pre-crisis average of 4.15 percent.AFT bought back ...

Spain sells 2.6bn euro in bonds, 10-year at record low MADRID: Spain sold 2.6 billion euros ($3.2 billion) at a triple bond auction on Thursday, with yields on the 10-year paper hitting fresh lows as expectations of more monetary easing by the European Central Bank next year spurs demand for euro zone debt.Spain's Treasury surpassed the top end of its target to sell between 1.5 billion and 2.5 billion euros on Thursday, in the last bond auction of 2014. It has already sold more than ...

Euro zone bond yields fall as ‘patient’ Fed satisfies investors LONDON: Euro zone bond yields fell on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve struck a more cautious tone than many had expected as the world's largest economy mulls raising interest rates.As predicted by many in the market, the Fed altered a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" at the end of its two-day meeting on Wednesday.But using less hawkish language than many had expected, it said it would now take a ...

US bond yields rise as Fed shades toward rate hike NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields rose on Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve tweaked its message on interest rates, saying that while it was in no hurry to raise them, it will monitor data on growth and inflation to decide on the timing of such a move.Trading in the bond market swung wildly after the release of the latest policy statement from the Federal Open Market Committee after its two-day meeting."Based on its current assessment, ...

China 3-month fin min deposits sold at 4.65pc SHANGHAI: China's central bank auctioned 60 billion yuan ($9.68 billion) of three-month finance ministry deposits to commercial banks on Thursday at a rate of 4.65 percent, traders said.Banks will bid for the right to take the deposits. The sale, like previous such exercises, is part of the finance ministry's cash management programme. Copyright Reuters, 2014

German yields pinned near record lows as Russia, Greek vote eyed LONDON: Investor nervousness over Russia's gathering financial crisis and an upcoming presidential vote in Greece kept German Bund yields pinned near record lows on Wednesday.Demand for assets perceived as safe like German Bunds accelerated on Tuesday as Russian financial markets collapsed following an aggressive rate hike by the country's central bank failed to buttress the battered rouble.Focus was also on Greece, which holds the first of three rounds of a presidential vote later in the ...

JGBs mostly flat, erase gains ahead of Fed meeting TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices erased earlier gains to stay mostly flat on Wednesday as investors took profits ahead of the US Federal Reserve's policy meeting outcome.JGBs gained earlier as concerns about slumping oil prices and the rouble's collapse sparked flight-to-quality buying in US Treasuries and other developed-country bonds.The 10-year JGB yield stood at 0.360 percent, up 0.5 basis point on the day after having fallen to 0.345 percent, its lowest level since April 2013.Market ...


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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 $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.922 bln