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Eurozone bond rates fall to record low levels PARIS: The cost of borrowing for eurozone countries fell to record low levels on Wednesday, despite gloom over the economic outlook and crisis over policy in France.Bond interest rates are falling on prospects that the European Central Bank may ramp up cash in the economy.And although it appeared to have little immediate effect on market indicators, analysts welcomed the arrival of former banker Emmanuel Macron as France's new finance minister in a reshuffled government.The interest rate indicated by French bonds, closely watched by the government since it determines the budget burden of financing France's debt mountain, fell to a record low level despite the political upheaval, as did yields on several other eurozone bonds.The rate for French 10-year debt dropped to a record low of 1.249 percent from 1.275 percent.The interest rate or yield indicated by traded German 10-year bonds, the benchmark for the eurozone, fell to a record low ...


Bund yields hit lows on bets a faltering outlook means more ECB stimulus LONDON: German Bund yields reached record lows on Wednesday, as further evidence of the region's faltering economy fed market expectations for more European Central Bank stimulus.Weaker-than-expected consumer confidence in Germany drove the market, together with reported comments from Italy's economy minister that Rome must lower its forecast for economic growth.Eager to tackle the euro zone's economic malaise, ECB President Mario Draghi on Friday appeared to shift the bank's policy response towards growth. Crucially for investors, ...

German bond yields hit new record low as ECB stimulus hopes rise LONDON: German 10-year bond yields hit a new record low on Wednesday, as further evidence of the bloc's faltering economy fed market expectations for more European Central Bank stimulus. 10-year yields dipped 2.6 basis points to 0.921 percent, passing the previous record of 0.926 percent hit on Monday.Traders said the move was driven by investors' anticipation of a broad-based asset purchase programme, known in market jargon as quantitative easing, after ECB president Mario Draghi hinted ...

Bund yields hover above lows on QE hopes, but US data looms LONDON: German Bund yields held just above record lows on Tuesday as anticipation of buoyant U.S. data tempered investor enthusiasm following hints of a forthcoming ECB asset purchase programme.While disappointing euro zone growth and inflation has pushed the ECB towards radical policy action, a rebounding U.S. economy might persuade the Federal Reserve to raise rates - a move that could make such low Bund valuations hard to justify.Of the raft of U.S. data due out ...

Euro zone bond yields trade around new lows on QE hopes LONDON: Euro zone bond yields traded around record lows on Tuesday as market participants became increasingly convinced that weak euro zone growth and inflation would push the ECB to implement a broad-based asset purchase programme.ECB President Mario Draghi hinted as much late Friday at a central bankers meeting in Jackson Hole, specifically citing the recent fall in the markets' inflation expectations. For some investors, returning after a British bank holiday, Tuesday presented the first opportunity ...

Indian bonds end unchanged on caution about foreign debt limits MUMBAI: Indian government bond yields ended steady on Tuesday on continued caution about whether the country would raise investment limits for foreign investors, with sentiment also constrained ahead of key economic indicators this week.Foreign institutional investors have been strong buyers of Indian debt this year but have almost exhausted their debt limit, raising concerns about whether gains can continue without these key buyers.Buying in government debt by foreign funds stands at $2.54 billion so far ...

Indian bonds see biggest fall in 3-weeks on profit-taking MUMBAI: Indian government bonds fell for a third consecutive session on Monday, posting their biggest single-day decline in nearly three weeks, on continued profit-taking after recent strong gains and on concerns about the outlook for US interest rates.Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen was seen as more hawkish than her European counterpart at a central bankers' meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sparking continued debate about how soon the US central bank would raise interest rates.Traders also ...


 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln