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Greece to reopen 3-, 5 year bond issues in coming weeks ATHENS: Greece plans to reopen its recent three- and five-year bond issues in the next two weeks to top them up by up to 1.5 billion euros ($1.97 billion), accepting T-bills as payment instead of cash, a senior government source told Reuters on Monday. "There is a plan to reopen these issues in the next couple of weeks. Payment will be in outstanding T-bills instead of cash," the government official said on condition of anonymity. Athens wants to increase liquidity in this part of its yield curve, which can help to tighten bid-offer spreads, the official added. Greece has a stock of about 15 billion euros of outstanding T-bills and refinances them on a monthly basis. The country broke a four-year exile from bond markets earlier this year with a five-year bond issue in April and a subsequent three-year issue in July, raising a combined 4.5 billion euros from foreign ...

JGBs steady to firmer, curve flattens at long end TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices were steady to slightly firmer on Monday, with the yield curve flattening at the longest end, helped by pension funds' month-end buying. The 10-year cash bond yield stood flat at 0.505 percent while the 20-year yield dipped 0.5 basis point to 1.345 percent and the 30-year yield ticked down 1.0 basis point to 1.640 percent. Longer maturities drew support from firmness in the US Treasury market, even ahead of a ...

Spain Treasury to shield retail investors from negative yields MADRID: The Spanish Treasury said on Friday it was taking steps to protect retail investors from the possible negative impact of low interest rates on buying short-term debt by annulling bids in any auctions where yields fall below zero. Spain's bond yields have reached all-time lows in a backdrop of record-low European Central Bank interest rates and an economic recovery, creating a risk that yields on short-term bills could fall below zero, the Treasury said ...

Indian bonds end lower ahead of key Fed speech MUMBAI: Indian government bonds fell slightly on Friday on profit-taking and caution ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech at Jackson Hole later in the day, although broader sentiment remains supported by recent strong foreign buying.Foreign institutional investors bought a net $2.65 billion dollars in government bonds on Wednesday, according to the latest available data, which some traders said was the biggest on record.Analysts said India might soon have to raise its foreign investment ...

Won leads Asia FX gains ahead of Yellen; rupiah pares gains SINGAPORE: The South Korean won led gains among emerging Asian currencies on Friday as the dollar's rally lost steam amid caution ahead of US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech later in the day.Indonesia's rupiah briefly hit a near one-month high after the highest court unanimously upheld last month's presidential election results.The rupiah pared much of its initial gains later as investors shifted their focus to the new cabinet and an expected decision on whether ...

German Bund yields fall as Russian trucks enter Ukraine LONDON: German Bund yields fell close to their record lows below 1 percent on Friday, after Ukrainian authorities said 90 trucks from a Russian aid convoy had crossed the border without permission. The latest development in the Ukraine crisis that has seen Russia and the West imposing economically damaging sanctions on each other prompted investors to seek refuge in top-rated assets.Ukraine said will not use any force against the Russian convoy, as it wishes to ...

German bond yields edge up after PMIs, US rate rise hints LONDON: German bond yields edged up from record lows on Thursday after a report showed better-than-expected private-sector growth in Europe's largest economy and an increase in U.S. interest rates began to look more likely.Ten-year yields climbed 3 basis points to a day's high of 1.013 percent, coming off lows of 0.952 percent last week. Many strategists said the rise in yields was unlikely to last if tension between Russia and the West keeps markets subdued."What ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln