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Periphery bond yields drop as Greece softens stance on bailout deal LONDON: Yields on lower-rated euro zone bonds slid on Thursday after Greece asked its EU lenders for a six-month loan extension and pledged to honour all its debts, even though Germany immediately rejected its proposal.In a document seen by Reuters, Greece appeared to have moved substantially toward the position taken by euro zone finance ministers in negotiations on Monday that ended without a deal as Athens vowed to ditch the 240-billion euro bailout programme.The German finance ministry, however, said the Greek proposal was not a substantial solution and did not correspond to criteria which euro zone finance ministers agreed on Monday.Euro zone finance ministers will meet on Friday afternoon in Brussels to consider the request, the chairman of their Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said in a tweet, lifting market expectations of a breakthrough despite the German stance."This is the compromise that everyone had hoped will come out of this. It seems ...

South African govt bonds weaken on Greek debt woes, rand steady JOHANNESBURG: South African government bonds weakened on Wednesday and the rand held steady against the dollar with investors wary of the uncertainty over Greece's debt negotiations with its creditors.The yield on the 2026 benchmark instrument rose 8 basis point to 7.695 percent at 1510 GMT, its highest in six weeks. "There is a lot of fluctuation in the euro zone, Greece bonds due to the uncertainty," said Marten Banninga, head of bond trading at WWC ...

Mauritius 5-year Treasury bond yield falls to 4.11pc PORT LOUIS: Mauritius' five-year Treasury bonds fetched a weighted average yield of 4.11 percent on Wednesday, down from 4.68 percent at the last auction on December 17, the central bank said. The Bank of Mauritius sold all the 1.5 billion rupees ($45.18 million) of debt it had offered. Bids totalled 4.355 billion rupees with yields ranging from 3.99 to 5.33 percent. The coupon rate was 3.95 percent. Copyright Reuters, 2015

UK long-dated gilt yields track Treasuries to highest since Jan 5 LONDON: British long-dated government bond yields rose to their highest level since Jan. 5 on Tuesday as U.S. Treasury yields climbed on growing expectations that the Federal Reserve could flag a possible interest rate increase as early as June.Ten-year gilt yields rose as much as 7 basis points on the day to peak at 1.759 percent, a level last seen on Jan. 5, and 20- and 30-year yields also set similar records at 2.316 percent ...

Greek markets slip but don't panic after debt talks collapse LONDON: Greek financial markets slipped but kept their composure on Tuesday after debt talks with the euro zone broke down, on expectations that Athens and its European partners would eventually agree a compromise.Greek government bond yields rose as much as 80 basis points and stocks fell 1 percent -- limited moves by the standards of Greece's illiquid markets. Both remained well off the extremes touched last week. The reaction to Greece's rejection to a proposal ...

Greek bond yields dip, stocks rise as ECB extends bank funding LONDON: Greek bond yields hit a session low and shares extended gains on Thursday after the ECB approved more emergency funding to Greek banks, buoying demand from investors already betting on a positive outcome to debt deal talks. Even though Athens' leftist government failed to come to an agreement with its international creditors overnight, a copy of draft proposals spoke of "extending" its bailout agreement as a "bridge" to a new package. Finance ministers in ...

Gilt yields jump briefly as BoE says rate hike most likely next move LONDON: Gilt yields briefly touched their highest level in five weeks on Thursday and sharply underperformed German debt after the Bank of England said an interest rate hike was its most likely next monetary policy move.The BoE said it expects Britain's economy to enjoy its fastest growth since 2006 this year, helped by lower oil prices.It also said inflation would rebound after recent falling prices to hit the Bank's 2 percent target in about two ...


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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