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Bund yields post biggest rise in 2 years on improving data, Greece mood LONDON: German Bund yields posted their biggest daily rise in two years on Wednesday on easing deflation fears and improved prospects for a Greek deal, and have now recovered more than half the fall suffered since the ECB's bond buying programme began.German annual inflation accelerated faster than forecast in April, crucially remaining above zero for the second month running. Data also showed private lending in the euro zone rose for the first time in three years in March, a sign that the European Central Bank's trillion euro programme might be already having an impact.Worries of prolonged deflation have driven yields on a third of euro zone bonds into negative territory this year."The big picture is that ... eventually inflation expectations stemming from QE may trump the (initial impact of bond buying)," Rabobank rate strategist Lyn Graham-Taylor said.A five-year German debt auction drew fewer bids than the amount offered.Ten-year German Bund ...

US yields trim rise on drop in consumer confidence NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields pared their earlier increase on Tuesday as the Conference Board's gauge on domestic consumer confidence surprise drop to its lowest since December revived worries about US consumer spending in the coming months. The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasuries notes was last 1.945 percent, up 2.3 basis points from late on Monday, while the 30-year bond yield was 2.642 percent, 3.2 basis points higher on the day. Copyright Reuters, 2015

JGBs edge lower ahead of BOJ, Fitch downgrade taken in stride TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices edged down ahead of an upcoming Bank of Japan meeting amid some ebb in expectations that the central bank will further ease monetary policy.The BOJ policy board meets on Thursday, a day after a Japanese national holiday during which the financial markets will be closed. The central bank may cut its inflation forecast, but is expected to hold off on expanding monetary stimulus, sources have told Reuters. The JGB market ...

Greek two-year yields fall 250 bps after negotiating team reshuffle LONDON: Greek two-year government bond yields dropped around 250 basis points on Monday after Athens reshuffled its team handling talks with European lenders and the International Monetary Fund.The reshuffle suggested finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, a brash and outspoken economist who was isolated at a Eurogroup meeting in Riga last week, will take a less prominent role in talks. The Greek government reiterated though that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his top advisers continued to support ...

Bund yields on track for biggest weekly rise in 2015 LONDON: German Bund yields were on track for their biggest weekly rise of 2015 as fears of an imminent Greek default eased, though strategists still saw ECB buying as a powerful driver in the opposite direction.Greece offered concessions on Friday on some key reforms demanded by international lenders in exchange for new funding, with Athens' coffers emptying rapidly. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday everything must be done to prevent Greece running out of ...

JGB yields hit multi-month lows on BOJ operation, stronger Treasuries TOKYO: Japanese government bond yields hit multi-month lows on Friday as the Bank of Japan's regular debt-buying operation and firmer US Treasuries lifted market sentiment.The two-year JGB yield fell 1 basis point to -0.015 percent, a three-month low. Investors took heart after the BOJ bought 2.5 trillion yen ($20.9 billion) of short-term bills in a regular debt-purchasing operation.The central bank regularly buys debt from the market as part of its extensive quantitative easing scheme.The benchmark ...

US bonds add losses after home sales data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices extended their earlier decline on Wednesday as a stronger-than-forecast 6.1 percent rise in domestic home resales in March revived bets the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates later this year. The 30-year bond was down as much as 1-4/32 point with a yield of 2.643 percent, which was the highest since mid-March, according to Reuters data. It was last down 28/32 in price for a yield of 2.631 percent, up ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,689.86 0.03
Arrow Nasdaq 5,128.28 0.01
Arrow S&P 2,103.84 0.23
Arrow FTSE 6,696.28 0.41
Arrow DAX 11,308.99 0.46
Arrow CAC-40 5,082.61 0.72
Arrow Nikkei 20,585.24 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 24,636.28 0.56
Arrow Sensex 28,114.56 1.48

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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln