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JGBs edge lower as Fed meeting outcome awaited TOKYO: Japanese government bonds edged down on Wednesday, though moves were small as investors awaited the outcome of the US Federal Reserve's meeting later in the session for clues to the timing of an expected interest rate increase. Investors will carefully examine the Fed's statement at the end of its regular two-day policy meeting.While some expect the first hike to come as early as September, many economists say it could come later in the year, or even next year, depending on the strength of US economic data. The Bank of Japan offered to buy 375 billion yen ($3.03 billion) of JGBs in the 1-year to 3-year zone, 425 billion yen of JGBs in the 3-year to 5-year zone, 240 billion yen of JGBs in the 10-year to 25-year zone, and 140 billion yen of JGBs in the over 25-year zone under its asset purchase programme. The results indicated a higher-than-expected ...

Prices dip as Chinese stocks stabilize, issuance looms NEW YORK: US Treasuries fell on Tuesday, with analysts and traders citing a stabilization of Chinese equities prices and a new supply of issuance exacerbated by seasonally low trading volumes. A smattering of US economic data showing a rise in single-family home sales in May, albeit below estimates, and a drop in a measure of consumer confidence for July had little impact on the overall direction of the market. Investors were heartened by Chinese equity ...

Long-term US bond prices gain from China stock rout NEW YORK: US Treasury prices rose on Monday after China's stock market experienced its deepest slide in eight years, which unsettled investors globally and sent them to the relative safety of US government bonds. Longer-term Treasury prices improved, while short-term prices were mixed. "The overnight action with the flight to quality in China, and Europe as well, is a continuation of a larger move in the last six to eight trading sessions of a relentless ...

Prices edge up as US new-home sales fall NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices drifted higher on Friday in choppy trading, as investors sought safety in government bonds after a softer-than-expected US housing report and amid a persistent downtrend in commodities and weakness on Wall Street. US 30-year bond yields, which move inversely to prices, fell to a seven-week low, while benchmark US 10-year yields slid to a two-week trough. An unexpected drop in US new-home sales further underpinned the rally in the ...

US sells one-year bills at highest rate since 2010 NEW YORK: The US Treasury Department on Tuesday sold $25 billion of one-year T-bills at an interest rate of 0.330 percent, the highest since June 2010 and above the 0.290 percent posted at the last one-year auction held in June. The ratio of bids submitted to the amount of one-year or 52-week bills offered was 3.37, lower than the 3.44 seen in June and the lowest since December 2009. Meanwhile, the Treasury will pay on ...

Romania sells planned 300mn lei of Nov. 2018 bonds BUCHAREST: Romania sold a planned 300 million lei ($73.89 million) worth of November 2018 treasury bonds on Thursday, with the average accepted yield at 2.27 percent, central bank data showed.Debt managers last sold the issue, which has a residual maturity of roughly 3.5 years, in July of last year at an average yield of 3.10 percent. They sold January 2018 bonds earlier this month at an average yield of 2.15 percent.So far this year, Romania ...

Bund yields dip as markets wary of hurdles Greece still faces LONDON: German Bund yields dipped on Tuesday as financial markets remained wary of the hurdles Greece needs to clear to receive vital financial aid from the euro zone. The terms of the deal obliged leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to abandon promises of ending austerity and could split his government.The parliament in Athens must ratify the reforms by Wednesday. Tsipras faces a showdown with rebels in his own party furious at his capitulation to German ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln