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ECB will ‘gradually’ lend back government bonds it buys LONDON: The European Central Bank will "gradually" start lending out euro zone government bonds it buys in its 1 trillion-euro ($1.10 trillion) purchase programme, the ECB said on Thursday.The move is intended to prevent those lending markets that use the bonds as collateral from drying up when the ECB begins its 60 billion-euro-a-month stimulus plan.It means that banks or funds that sell the ECB their bonds could in theory rent them back if they need them as collateral or for any other reason."The Eurosystem will start to gradually lend securities using the channels for securities lending available under its existing infrastructure," the ECB said. The lending will be done in a "decentralised manner" by national central banks, it said.It also laid out a list of European institutions and national agencies whose bonds would be eligible for the ECB to buy alongside the sovereign debt.On the list were the Council of ...

UK gilt yields fall after ECB provides bond-buying plans LONDON: British government bond yields fell on Thursday after the European Central Bank laid out its plans for bond purchases, retreating from an 11-week high set when ECB President Mario Draghi first started speaking.Ten-year gilt yields finished the day 3 basis points lower at 1.85 percent. They had risen as high as 1.909 percent shortly after Draghi said the ECB was raising its growth forecasts for the euro zone, Britain's biggest trading partner.Gilts broadly tracked ...

ECB says to start bond purchases on March 9 NICOSIA: The European Central Bank will start buying government debt in its new quantitative easing programme on March 9, ECB chief Mario Draghi said on Thursday."Following up on our decisions of January 22, we will, on March 9, start purchasing euro-denominated public sector securities in the secondary market," Draghi told a news conference, adding that "we have already seen a significant number of positive effects from these monetary policy decisions."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Bond yields edge lower on Draghi comments; US data eyed NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields edged lower on Thursday after comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi bolstered Treasuries' attractiveness compared with European bonds, but anticipation of Friday's US jobs report kept trading muted. Draghi said that the ECB's 1 trillion euros-plus bond buying plan could extend beyond September 2016 "if needed," and that the purchases could go down as far as the deposit rate, currently at negative 0.20 percent. Draghi spoke at a ...

Romania sells 300mn lei of June 2021 T-bonds BUCHAREST: Romania sold a planned 300 million lei ($74.60 million) worth of June 2021 treasury bonds on Thursday, with the average accepted yield at 2.60 percent, central bank data showed.Debt managers last issued the paper in October 2014, at an average yield of 3.70 percent.So far this year, the finance ministry has sold roughly 8.5 billion lei worth of leu currency bills and bonds. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Spain sells 5bn euros in bonds at record low yields MADRID: Spain sold 5 billion euros ($5.52 billion) of debt at a triple bond sale on Thursday, hitting record low yields as the European Central Bank unleashes a government bond buying programme. The Treasury sold more than its planned mid-range target of between 4 billion and 5 billion euros at the auction, at the lowest yields yet for the 3-year and 5-year paper. Spain has now raised around 28.5 percent of its 2015 issuance target. ...

Euro weak near 11 1/2 year low as ECB's QE plan awaited LONDON: The euro hovered near a 11-1/2 year low against the dollar on Thursday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to announce more details of its massive bond-buying programme. The euro fell to $1.1026 in Asia, its lowest since early September 2003. It last traded at $1.1060, down 0.15 percent on the day, barely reacting to the ECB's decision to keep interest rates unchanged.The euro has lost 8.5 percent this year as investors ...


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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 $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $16.137 bln