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Sri Lanka delays $1.5bn sovereign bond issue COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has delayed a $1.5 billion sovereign bond issue originally scheduled for April, the finance minister said on Friday, days after parliament rejected his bid to raise government borrowing limits ahead of national elections.Ravi Karunanayake flagged the issue in February to take advantage of lower borrowing costs to reduce outstanding commercial loans. But he said the country was not desperate for the bond issue."We have cheaper sources and enough funds... Our reserves are going up and our interest rates are coming down, so why should we be worried about it," Karunanayake told reporters in Colombo.Karunanayake later added that did mean the plan of borrowing via a sovereign bond had been dropped. "What we meant was we were waiting for an opportune moment for the bond issue," he told Reuters.P. Samarasiri, the deputy central bank governor, told Reuters he was unable to comment on the sovereign bond issue.Analysts said ...


JGBs edge up as BOJ's regular buying operation helps TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices edged up on Friday, helped by firm results from the Bank of Japan's regular debt-buying operation.The two-year yield dipped 0.5 basis point to 0.005 percent and the benchmark 10-year yield fell 1 basis point to 0.345 percent. The BOJ on Friday bought a total of 1.13 trillion yen ($9.4 billion) of JGBs at is regular buying operation, a part of its massive monetary easing scheme.The firm results from the BOJ's ...

China money rates down sharply for 4th week as easing gains traction SHANGHAI: Chinese money market rates fell sharply for the fourth week on Friday as the central bank's efforts to ease a protracted short term liquidity crunch showed signs of gaining traction.At midday on Friday, the volume weighted average yield on the benchmark seven-day bond repurchase agreement (repo) was trading at 2.88 percent. The last time the seven-day repo closed below 3 percent was in October 2014.For the week, the seven-day repo was down 52 basis ...

US yields rise on jobless data, weak auction NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields rose on Thursday due to poor demand at a $13 billion auction of 30-year bonds and a smaller-than-expected rise in weekly jobless claims that soothed some worries about domestic jobs growth. Greece making a 450 million euro loan payment to the International Monetary Fund also reduced earlier safety bids for US government debt, as it supported the view the cash-strapped nation will obtain further aid from its lenders.The bond market ...

Spain sells 4.7bn euros in bonds, yields touch lows MADRID: Spain sold 4.7 billion euros ($5.05 billion) of debt at a triple bond sale on Thursday, with yielding reaching fresh lows including on 30-year paper as the European Central Bank soaks up long-dated debt as part of its purchasing programme. The Treasury sold more than its planned mid-range target of between 4 billion and 5 billion euros.Spain sold 1.6 billion euros of the shorter-dated bond, due Oct. 31 2017, which was 3.0 times subscribed ...

Ukraine sovereign dollar bonds rise to three-week highs LONDON: Ukraine sovereign dollar bonds rallied between 1-1.75 cents on Thursday after a group of creditors said it was working on a proposal that would allow Ukraine to resolve its debt problems without cutting bonds' principal.Ukraine's 2017 issue rose one cent to three-week highs around 43 cents, according to Tradeweb data, while the 2023 bond jumped 1.75 cents to 44.5 cents . Ukraine's bond yield spread over US Treasuries narrowed 66 basis points to 3,709 ...

Greek debt jitters drive German yields close to record lows LONDON: Nervous investors drove safe-haven German Bund yields close to record lows on Wednesday, amid concern over Greece's ability to resolve its debt crisis, a day before it must repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund.Although cash-strapped Greece successfully sold 1.138 billion euros ($1.24 billion) of six-month Treasury bills on Wednesday, doubts remain over its ability to find enough funds to repay all its debts in the coming weeks. Athens must roll over another ...


 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 06, 2015
Reserves $18.201 bln