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German bonds catch up with US market rally on low inflation bets LONDON: German bond yields fell on Wednesday, catching up with a rally in U.S. Treasuries overnight as investors bet low inflation was likely to persist and might deter the Federal Reserve from hiking rates until later this year.There was little market reaction to a closely watched survey on German business sentiment that provided further signs the euro zone's largest economy could be gaining momentum.German 10-year yields, which set the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, were down 2 basis points at 0.22 percent. Yields on other top-rated bonds were 1-2 bps lower, as positive sentiment from the U.S. bond market spilled into Europe.Yields on U.S. 10-year bonds fell back below 1.90 percent on Tuesday as low inflation expectations persisted even after data showed consumer prices increased last month after falling in January, edning three straight months of declines.Treasuries have gained since last week when the Fed cut its inflation outlook ...

JGBs edge down, 10-year yield rises from 7-week low TOKYO: Japanese government bonds edged down on Wednesday as investors cautiously adjusted positions in the remaining days of Japan's fiscal year.The Bank of Japan offered to buy 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5-year to 10-year zone, 350 billion yen in the 3-year to 5-year zone, and 300 billion yen in the 1-year to 3-year zone, under its bond-buying scheme.Japan's new fiscal year will begin on April 1, and the BOJ will announce the ...

Spanish bond yields lag as investors queue up for rare linker LONDON: Spanish yields lagged a broad rally in euro zone bonds on Tuesday as investors queued up for a rare sale of inflation-linked debt from the country.Traders said the underperformance was because investors had sold bonds in secondary markets to make room in their portfolios for the new linker, debt soon to be eligible for European Central Bank purchases and inclusion in major bond indices.Interest in the new deal topped 4 billion euros, Thomson Reuters' ...

JGB yield curve flattens as super long maturities outperform TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices were little changed to slightly firmer on Tuesday, with the super long maturities outperforming on bargain hunting by investors.The benchmark 10-year yield stood unchanged at 0.305 percent, drawing support from steady U.S. Treasuries.It briefly rose to 0.320 percent when the finance ministry said it will delay the release of liquidity-enhancing auction results due to an administrative glitch, but calm returned after the ministry eventually released the outcome.The ministry had earlier ...

ECB says it bought 26.3bn euros of bonds in 10 days FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank said Monday it has bought 26.3 billion euros ($28.7 billion) worth of bonds under its controversial quantitative easing programme within the first 10 days.At the same time, ECB President Mario Draghi told a hearing of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in Brussels that the central bank was "on track" to meet its stated goal of a total 60 billion euros in bond purchases per month."On March ...

Spanish yields rise after anti-austerity party big gain in regional vote LONDON: Spanish yields nudged up on Monday after upstart anti-austerity party Podemos made big inroads in regional elections, with a vote split across the political spectrum offering a foretaste of national elections later this year.But the market moves were modest, tempered by the prospect of further purchases by central banks as the European Central Bank's trillion euro quantitative easing scheme enters its third week. Traders and strategists said they had not yet seen the ECB ...

German yields hit lows after cautious Fed, Greek markets on ropes LONDON: German bond yields fell to record lows on Thursday after the United States signalled it was in no rush to push up interest rates, while borrowing costs in Athens spiralled ahead of debt talks with its creditors. Hints that the world's largest economy may hold off tightening monetary policy brought relief across other euro zone markets, even with deposits flowing out of Greek banks and its government expected to run out of cash by ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,080.14 0.12
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Arrow S&P 2,117.69 0.23
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Arrow DAX 11,810.85 0.74
Arrow CAC-40 5,201.45 0.44
Arrow Nikkei 20,020.04 0.83
Arrow H.Seng 28,060.98 0.84
Arrow Sensex 27,437.94 1.07

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln