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JGB 5-year yield close to record low, nears negative territory TOKYO: The five-year Japanese government bond yield hovered near a record low on Tuesday as safe-haven demand exacerbated a decline in yields driven by the Bank of Japan's extensive easy policy. The five-year yield was down half a basis point at 0.005 percent after touching a record low of zero percent. Yields have been declining in other sovereign debt markets as tumbling oil prices have dimmed the allure of risk assets and increased investor demand for safe havens. Bond market participants see it as a matter of time before the five-year JGB yield falls below zero percent, with the two-year debt yield already entrenched in negative territory. Yields of other five-year sovereigns, like Swiss and German debt, are already in the negative. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Mexico says has covered half foreign debt issuance for 2015 MEXICO CITY: Mexico's sale of a new 30-year benchmark dollar bond and top-up of its 2025 ten-year dollar bond means the country has already covered half of its planned foreign currency debt issuance for 2015, the finance ministry said on Monday. Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said in a statement that "just over 50 percent" of Mexico's foreign financing needs had been met via a $2 billion bond sale from Nov. 18, and the $2 billion ...

China property firm fails to make bond payment SHANGHAI: A Chinese property developer has confirmed it failed to make a $23 million interest payment on a dollar-denominated bond, a statement said, raising worries over the country's weak real estate sector.Kaisa Group Holdings, which is based in the southern city of Shenzhen, said in a statement late Monday that it did not make a scheduled payment last week on a $500 million bond.Hong Kong-listed Kaisa could become the first Chinese developer to default on ...

Lower-rated bond yields dip as ECB's Visco urges govt bond buying LONDON: Spanish and Italian bond yields slipped on Monday after a European Central Bank official said the risk of deflation in the euro zone should not be underestimated and urged the bank to buy government debt. ECB Governing Council member Ignazio Visco made the comments to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag as policymakers consider buying sovereign debt, in so-called quantitative easing, to prevent the euro zone slipping into a deflationary spiral. Markets speculate the ECB ...

South Korea bond futures up after president's comment on policy SEOUL: South Korean treasury bond futures jumped in late morning trade on Monday after President Park Geun-hye emphasised the importance of a timely response by policy authorities through cooperation with each other. "Regarding (your question on possible) interest rate reduction, authorities in charge of macro-economic policy will respond in a timely manner through cooperation with each other," Park told a televised news conference in response to a question. The March futures on three-year treasury bonds ...

Euro zone bond yields hover just above record lows before US payrolls LONDON: Euro zone government bond yields held just above record lows on Friday before a U.S. labour market report that is expected to reconfirm the yawning gap between the two regions and their monetary policy outlooks.Expectations that the European Central Bank will soon launch a large-scale government bond purchase programme to reverse a fall in consumer prices and boost a stagnant economy have virtually erased yields across the single currency bloc.About a quarter of the ...

Greece to auction 625mn euros of 3-month T-bills on Jan 14 ATHENS: Greece will sell 625 million euros ($739 million) of three-month treasury bills on January 14 to refinance a maturing issue, the country's debt agency PDMA said on Friday.The settlement date will be January 16. Only primary dealers will be allowed to participate and no commission will be paid.Athens has a stock of about 15 billion euros of T-bills that it regularly refinances with the help of Greek banks. A previous sale in December was ...


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Arrow DJIA 17,652.60 0.79
Arrow Nasdaq 4,757.88 0.16
Arrow S&P 2,051.82 0.55
Arrow FTSE 6,832.83 0.53
Arrow DAX 10,649.58 2.05
Arrow CAC-40 4,640.69 1.93
Arrow Nikkei 17,511.75 1.05
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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 $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 22, 2015
Reserves $10.331 bln