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Euro zone bond yields hit new lows as ECB keeps QE tap on LONDON: Yields on the debt of nearly all euro zone countries dropped to record lows on Tuesday, a day after the European Central Bank began buying bonds in an effort to revive inflation and economic growth.Italian, Spanish and Irish yields all reached record lows as peripheral euro zone debt caught up with Monday's rally in core bonds, when Austrian, Dutch, German and Finnish yields fell to record lows.Traders said national central banks from the euro zone's top-rated countries were more active than those in the periphery in the first two days of quantitative easing, the ECB's 1 trillion-euro bond-buying programme.Central banks put in orders averaging around 15 million to 20 million euros -- less than half the orders seen during the ECB's first bond-buying programme, at the height of the financial crisis. Smaller, more frequent orders allow smaller trading desks to take part, easing the ECB's job of sourcing the ...

Ukraine dollar bond prices rally across curve LONDON: Ukraine sovereign dollar bond prices rose across the curve on Tuesday to near-three week highs ahead of an IMF meeting on Wednesday, which is widely expected to approve a rescue package for the country. Ukraine's 2017 bond chalked up the biggest gains, adding 2.173 cents to trade at 47.423 cents in the dollar, according to Tradeweb data. The 2022 issue added 0.5 cents to reach 44.750 cents and the 2023 bond rose by 1.757 ...

China shares mixed in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were mixed on Tuesday morning, after data showed inflation rebounded in February from a more-than-five-year low the previous month, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.45 percent, or 14.73 points, to 3,287.68.But the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, edged up 0.35 percent, or 5.90 points, to 1,677.97.China's consumer price inflation jumped to 1.4 percent in February, the government said, compared with 0.8 percent in January.Copyright AFP ...

Euro zone bond yields fall on QE launch, Greece jitters resurface LONDON: Most euro zone government bond yields fell on the first day of the European Central Bank's sovereign debt purchase programme, with only fears about Greece's funding spoiling Monday's launch party.German 10-year bond yields -- the bloc's benchmark -- fell 4 basis points to 0.36 percent, clawing back ground lost on Friday after strong U.S. jobs data raised the chance of an interest rate hike in the world's biggest economy.Other euro zone equivalents opened around ...

JGBs follow Treasuries down after upbeat US jobs data TOKYO: Japanese government bonds skidded on Monday, following U.S. Treasuries lower in the wake of upbeat U.S. jobs data which bolstered the view that the Federal Reserve will consider hiking rates in June.Nonfarm payrolls rose 295,000 last month after an increase of 239,000 in January, the Labor Department said on Friday. The decline in the U.S. unemployment rate to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent in January took it to its lowest level since May 2008.Benchmark ...

Bond yields hit new record lows as ECB purchases near PARIS: Yields on bonds of southern eurozone countries touched record lows in secondary trading Friday, a day before the ECB is slated to begin 60 billion euros ($66 billion) in monthly purchases.The ECB on Thursday announced it would begin on Monday its massive stimulus programme to ward off the threat of deflation, but which will push down investor returns on government debt as competition to buy bonds heats up.In early trading on Friday the rate ...

ECB will ‘gradually’ lend back government bonds it buys LONDON: The European Central Bank will "gradually" start lending out euro zone government bonds it buys in its 1 trillion-euro ($1.10 trillion) purchase programme, the ECB said on Thursday.The move is intended to prevent those lending markets that use the bonds as collateral from drying up when the ECB begins its 60 billion-euro-a-month stimulus plan.It means that banks or funds that sell the ECB their bonds could in theory rent them back if they need ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,232.02 0.29
Arrow Nasdaq 5,089.36 0.03
Arrow S&P 2,126.06 0.22
Arrow FTSE 7,031.72 0.05
Arrow DAX 11,815.01 0.42
Arrow CAC-40 5,142.89 0.07
Arrow Nikkei 20,264.41 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 27,992.83 1.70
Arrow Sensex 27,957.50 0.53

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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
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln