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Bunds supported by Greek, US fiscal concerns  LONDON: German Bund futures held firm at the open on Monday underpinned by uncertainty over the outcome of Greek aid talks and worries over a potential fiscal crisis in the United States.   Bunds were expected to remain in demand before a euro zone finance ministers' meeting later on Monday to discuss whether to release a new tranche of funding to the debt-plagued country after it approved a tough 2013 budget on Sunday.   German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told a German newspaper on Sunday that the troika of international lenders to Athens was unlikely to deliver its full report in time for a euro zone finance ministers' meeting on Monday.   Officials said the euro zone was unlikely to release the new funding as there was no agreement yet on how to make its debt sustainable, though Athens is set to get two more years to cut debt.   "I don't think we are going to get ...

Turkish bonds firm, lira eases on comments  ISTANBUL: Turkish bonds rose and the lira weakened slightly on Friday after the central bank hinted it could cut its borrowing rate if the lira firms excessively following Turkey's upgrade to investment grade by Fitch.   Shares dipped slightly as investors awaited third-quarter results from state-run lender Vakifbank and petrochemicals maker Petkim.   Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci signalled on Friday that the bank may adjust its overnight borrowing rate, the lower end of its interest rate corridor, or ...

US Treasuries trim gains after jobless data  NEW YORK: US Treasuries trimmed modest gains on Thursday after the US Labor Department's count of new filings for jobless benefits was lower than economists had forecast.   The benchmark 10-year yield stood at 1.68 percent after the report.   New jobless claims fell to 355,000 in the week ended Saturday, below the 370,000 median forecast in a Reuters poll.   A Labor Department analyst said Sandy, a mammoth storm that slammed into the East Coast on Oct. 29, boosted claims ...

Spain sells 4.8bn euros of government bonds  LONDON: Spain sold 4.76 billion euros of debt on Thursday, including a new five-year bond and its first longer-term issuance since May 2011, in an auction which drew healthy demand.   Investors bought 3.04 billion euros of the five-year bond at an average yield of 4.68 percent.   The bid-to-cover ratio, a measure of the strength of demand, was 1.6, compared with an average of 2.96 at sales of similar maturity debt this year.   The 2032 bond sold at an ...

UK gilts steady ahead of Bank of England policy decision  LONDON: British government bonds held steady in early trade on Thursday, ahead of a key policy decision by the Bank of England on whether or not to inject more monetary stimulus into the economy.   Investors have been cautious ahead of the Bank of England's decision after a two-day meeting, with economists expecting no change in policy, including no new round of quantitative easing via bond purchases. The bank's decision is due at 1200 GMT.   "With QE largely ...

Bunds steady ahead of ECB decision  LONDON: German Bund futures held near two-month highs on Thursday, underpinned by investor concerns over a looming US fiscal crisis but activity was seen subdued before a European Central Bank policy decision.   President Barack Obama is facing a political showdown with a divided Congress over the so-called "fiscal cliff" of about $600 billion in expiring tax cuts and spending reductions due to take effect in January.   Some analysts warn the cutbacks could hit the US economy harder ...

US 30 year bond rallies a point after Obama victory  NEW YORK: The price of US 30-year Treasury bonds extended a gain to a point on Wednesday following the re-election of President Barack Obama.   The 30-year bond rose 1-3/32, allowing its yield to fall to 2.86 percent from 2.92 percent late on Tuesday.   Obama scored a clear win over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday's vote.   Copyright Reuters, 2012


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln