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US sells T-bills at higher interest rates NEW YORK: The US Treasury Department on Monday paid higher interest rates to investors on $48 billion of bills as short-term borrowing rates have drifted higher ahead of the end of the first quarter. The Treasury sold $24 billion of three-month bills at an interest rate of 0.035 percent, up from 0.020 percent last week, Treasury data showed. The ratio of bids submitted to the amount of three-month T-bills offered was 3.90, up from the prior week's 3.78. Two weeks ago, this gauge of overall auction demand for this T-bill maturity fell to its lowest since Oct. 15, 2013. The Treasury sold $24 billion of six-month bills at an interest rate of 0.135 percent, up from last week's 0.105 percent. The bid-to-cover ratio of the latest six-month T-bill auction was 3.66, up from the prior week's 3.72. Two weeks earlier, it hit its lowest since Oct. 15, 2013. Copyright Reuters, ...

Greek yields edge up as lenders scrutinise reform pledge LONDON: Greek bond yields edged up on Monday as investors cautiously waited to see whether Athens would come up with a list of reforms sufficient to unlock much-needed bailout cash.While Greece sounded an upbeat tone on talks through the weekend, creditors said the list submitted by Athens on Friday was more a collection of ideas that something that could be presented to the Eurogroup.Sources told Reuters it could take several more days before a proper ...

JGBs slip in volatile trade before fiscal year-end TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices slipped across the board on Monday in volatile trade as investors closed their books before the March 31 domestic fiscal year-end.Traders said liquidity, already low due to the Bank of Japan's regular debt buying operations, has dried up further as many investors opted for the sidelines before the fiscal year-end.A rally in U.S. Treasuries on Friday helped limit losses in JGBs.June 10-year JGB futures eased 0.08 point to 147.36.The benchmark ...

Bond prices rally on month-end buying, hold gains after Yellen NEW YORK: US Treasury yields fell and held near session lows on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave mildly hawkish comments on a potential interest rate increase this year and as investors bought bonds ahead of month-end rebalancing.Investors covering short positions and month-end demand sent yields lower, retracing some weakness from Thursday when the Treasury saw tepid demand for an auction of seven-year notes."Month-end is on Tuesday and there's a fairly large index ...

Portuguese yields fall on credit rating upgrade hopes LONDON: Portuguese bond yields fell on Friday on expectations that credit rating agency Fitch will lift the country back to investment grade after it successfully exited its international bailout last year. Fitch will decide after the market closes whether to upgrade Portugal from its current rating of BB+, the highest sub-investment grade category. Portuguese bonds outperformed most euro zone peers, with analysts saying investors were already positioning for a positive outcome given the economy's continuing ...

Weak seven-year auction sends yields higher NEW YORK: US Treasury prices fell and benchmark 10-year note yields rose above 2 percent on Thursday after the government saw tepid demand for a $29 billion sale of seven-year notes, a day after a weak five-year note auction.The seven-year notes priced higher than they traded before the sale despite earlier weakness as dealers and investors prepared for the auction. The bid-to-cover ratio was the lowest since May 2009.Demand for seven-year notes has been muted ...

German yields waver as investors balance Saudi scare with oil surge LONDON: Investors took refuge in German bonds on Thursday after Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen but analysts said a further fall in yields was capped by the prospect of an inflation-boosting oil price rise.Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge.Yemen's slide towards civil war has made it ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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