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ECB to decide on bond-buying plan to revive euro zone FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank is poised to announce a plan on Thursday to buy government bonds, resorting to its last big policy option for breathing life into the flagging euro zone economy.Market expectations are sky-high for the ECB to unveil large-scale quantitative easing (QE) - printing money to buy government bonds - despite opposition from Germany's Bundesbank and concerns in Berlin that this could allow spendthrift countries to slacken economic reforms.The momentous step - which comes as global economic prospects dim - has already prompted the Swiss central bank to abandon its cap on the franc, while Denmark, whose currency is pegged to the euro, was forced to cut interest rates in anticipation of the flood of money.Canada has cut the cost of borrowing while two British rate setters at the Bank of England have dropped calls for tighter monetary policy.A euro zone source has said that the ECB's ...


Indonesia raises 17.3trn rupiah at bond auction, yields lower JAKARTA: Indonesia sold 17.3 trillion rupiah ($1.37 billion) of conventional bonds at an auction on Tuesday above an indicative target of 12 trillion rupiah with lower yields than the previous auction on Jan. 6, an official from the finance ministry's debt office said.The one-year T-bills had the weighted average yield of 6.44242 percent, lower than 6.91849 percent from the last auction.The weighted average yields for nine-year and 19-year bonds were 7.47718 percent and 7.92764 percent ...

US bond prices fall as data spurs profit-taking NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell on Friday as an upbeat report on US consumer sentiment and less dire data on inflation sparked profit-taking on recent gains tied to fears about deflation in Europe and a surprise policy U-turn by the Swiss central bank. The US government debt market came off five days of gains linked to safe-haven demand that had sent the 30-year bond yield to a series of record lows. A small move ...

South African debt yields at over 20 month lows, rand softer JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's government bonds fell to their lowest in nearly 22 months on Friday, in a market increasingly seeing the chance that slowing inflation due to sliding oil prices will keep interest rates depressed.The yield on debt maturing in 2026 -- the benchmark for the secondary market -- fell 12.5 basis points to close at 7.355 percent, a level last seen in late May 2013.Demand by foreign accounts has driven local bonds higher this ...

JGBs gain after Swiss move, 10-year yield hits record low TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices rose on Friday, with the 10-year yield hitting a new record low, after Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly scrapped its currency cap and jolted global financial markets.As Basel's move prompted investors to sell shares worldwide to offset losses on the franc, JGBs attracted flight-to-quality bids.The 10-year JGB yield fell to as low as 0.225 percent , setting record lows for four days in a row. It last stood at 0.240 percent, ...

German bond yields hit record lows after Swiss cap shock LONDON: German bond yields hit new lows on Friday as investors parked money in safe, top-rated debt as the shock of the Swiss National Bank scrapping its currency cap continued to wash over markets.The 10-year benchmark dropped below 0.40 percent for the first time, while yields on U.S. Treasuries and UK Gilts also fell after the SNB stunned markets on Thursday by abandoning its pledge to keep the franc above 1.20 per euro.Bond brokers said ...

German yields hit lows, Greek debt costs soar after Swiss cap shock LONDON: German bond yields hit record lows on Friday while fears about Greek banks sent the country's borrowing costs spiralling - signs of the fallout from the Swiss National Bank's shock decision to scrap its currency cap.A surge in the Swiss franc after the SNB abandoned its 1.20 euro limit on Thursday saw investors flee equities and other risky assets, parking money instead in top-rated bonds.Triple-A rated German debt was again the major beneficiary with ...


 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyDecember
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln