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German Bunds rise as ECB's Nowotny sees weaker growth, inflation LONDON: German Bund futures rose on Monday after European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said the euro zone was experiencing "massive weakening" in its economy and that he expected inflation to fall early next year.Nowotny said the ECB would have to discuss the pros and cons of government bond purchases and that quantitative easing could play a valuable role in addressing economic weakness.Bund futures were 47 ticks higher on the day at 152.40."They seem to have taken off after these dovish comments by Nowotny," said one euro zone government bond trader. Copyright Reuters, 2014


Turkish treasury says November cash surplus 3.24bn lira ISTANBUL: Turkey posted a cash surplus of 3.24 billion lira ($1.43 billion) in November and a primary cash surplus of 6.53 billion lira, treasury data showed on Friday. In the first 11 months, the cash deficit was 10.88 billion lira and the primary surplus was 28.37 billion lira. In 2013 as a whole, the cash deficit was 12.37 billion lira and the primary cash surplus was 24.34 billion lira. The cash budget measures the money ...

South Africa's 3-month T-Bill average yield edges up to 6.09pc JOHANNESBURG: South Africa sold 4.685 billion rand ($418 million) worth of three-month Treasury Bills on Friday, at an average yield of 6.09 percent, up slightly from 6.05 percent last week. The bid to cover ratio also edged higher to 1.4 from 1.3.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Portuguese, Italian yields hit new lows as markets refocus on QE LONDON: Portuguese and Italian bond yields hit record lows on Friday as markets shook off any disappointment over the lack of European Central Bank action at its December meeting.Traders said investors refocused on the likelihood of future government bond purchases. President Mario Draghi said the ECB will decide early next year whether to ease monetary policy with such purchases, a process called quantitative easing (QE). Draghi gave his clearest signal yet on Thursday that QE ...

Indian bonds see best week in 3-1/2 months; rally to continue MUMBAI: Indian government bonds posted their best weekly performance in three-and-a-half months with the benchmark 10-year bond yield hitting a 16-1/2 month low on Friday on continued optimism about a possible rate cut by the central bank early next year. The benchmark 10-year bond yield dropped 15 basis points (bps) on the week, its biggest weekly fall since the week ended Aug. 22, when it had fallen 20 bps.Traders expect sentiment for bonds to remain ...

Euro zone bond yields see-saw as ECB meeting splits opinion LONDON: Euro zone bond yields see-sawed above record lows on Thursday as differences over what the ECB may do at its meeting later kept investors guessing.Some of Europe's largest funds are taking opposing positions ahead of the central bank's monthly meeting, which comes as the bloc's business activity comes close to contractiing and weak oil prices threaten deflation within a year.While the ECB could extend its asset purchases to buy corporate bonds, it is recent ...

Spain sells 10-year debt at record low yield as investors look to ECB MADRID: Spain sold 10-year debt at record low yields on Thursday as it drew strong demand in a triple bond auction, ahead of a European Central Bank meeting when investors will be looking for clues on further easing measures.The Spanish Treasury raised 3.5 billion euros ($4.3 billion) in total from the triple sale, the top of its target range for sales of between 2.5 billion and 3.5 billion euros.Expectations have been rising that the ECB ...


 



 
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ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln