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German yields fall as ECB discusses deposit rate tweaks LONDON: German 10-year Bund yields fell back below 0.50 percent on Wednesday after a report that ECB officials are considering options to stagger charges on banks hoarding cash or to buy more debt ahead of the next week's ECB meeting.The European Central Bank is widely expected to cut its deposit rate on Dec. 3 and possibly expand its asset-purchase programme.Central bank officials are considering options such as introducing a two-tier penalty charge on banks that park money with the ECB to snapping up the bonds of towns and regions.German 10-year bond yields fell to a day's low of 0.49 percent, reversing an earlier rise."The news is positive for bonds generally because it shows there's more discussion on a deposit rate cut and how it can be finessed," said Peter Chatwell, a strategist at Mizuho.Copyright Reuters, 2015

Portugal borrowing costs largely shrug off leftist government LISBON: Portugal's 10-year borrowing costs edged marginally higher in an auction on Wednesday from the previous sale last month after Tuesday's appointment of Socialist Antonio Costa as prime minister who will have to rely on support from the far left.As in the previous sales and in the secondary market, investors prefer to focus on the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme encompassing Portuguese debt."The issue has been well received. There is overriding support for Portuguese bonds ...

JGBs firm after solid demand at 20-year sale TOKYO: Japanese government bonds firmed on Wednesday, bolstered by solid demand at a 20-year auction.The yield on the benchmark 10-year cash JGB edged down 1 basis point to 0.305 percent, while the 10-year JGB futures price added 0.16 point to end at 148.53 The yield on 20-year JGBs fell two basis points to 1.065 percent.Japan's Ministry of Finance offered 1.1 trillion yen ($9 billion) of 20-year JGBs, reopening the current issue with a coupon of ...

Unshaken ECB easing expectations bring Bund yields back down LONDON: German Bund yields dropped on Tuesday as this week's strong euro zone economic data failed to shake expectations the European Central Bank could ease monetary policy further next week.The benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs rose 5 basis points on Monday after business surveys showed growth in the bloc accelerated to a four-year high and far more than expected.It was the first rise after 10 consecutive daily falls and it was a brief one, ...

Indonesia sells 9trn rupiah of bonds at auction, above target JAKARTA: Indonesia sold 9 trillion rupiah ($656.7 million) worth of bonds at an auction on Tuesday, above the indicative target of 6 trillion rupiah, the finance ministry's financing and risk management office said.The weighted average yields for the eight-month T-bill was 7.11350 percent.The 11-year bond had a weighted average yield of 8.60499 percent, lower than 8.65374 percent received from the previous sale on Nov. 10.The weighted average yield for the 6-year and 16-year bonds were ...

JGBs edge down, 20-year sale in focus TOKYO: Japanese government bonds eased on Tuesday as investors caught up after a long holiday weekend and prepared their portfolios for the next session's 20-year sale. The Bank of Japan offered to buy a total of 1.1 trillion yen ($8.96 billion) in JGBs under its asset purchase plan, including 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 3- to 5-year zone, and 400 billion yen of JGBs maturing between five and 10 years.The central bank offered ...

US bond prices slip ahead of 2-year auction NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell slightly on Monday as investors reduced their debt holdings in advance of an auction of $26 billion in two-year notes, part of this week's $90 billion in fixed-rate coupon supply. Shorter-dated issues have been under pressure on the notion that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its policy meeting in December. This has spurred investors to reduce their shorter-dated debt holdings in favor of longer-dated maturities, flattening ...


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