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US municipal bond market smallest in nearly four years WASHINGTON: The US municipal bond market shrank to $3.686 trillion in the third quarter of the year, the smallest since the end of 2009, from $3.721 trillion in the second quarter of the year, according to Federal Reserve data released on Monday. Households held $1.64 trillion bonds in the quarter, the lowest since the final quarter of 2006 and less than the $1.67 trillion they held in the second quarter, according to the report on the country's financial accounts. Individual investors rushed for the municipal market's exits in the middle of the year on fears about the end of the Federal Reserve's stimulus program, Detroit's historic bankruptcy filing, and the financial soundness of Puerto Rico. Along with selling off individual bonds, they also fled municipal mutual funds. The funds dropped $81.9 billion worth of bonds in the quarter, the largest amount shed on records ...

Bonds retrace earlier losses; investors mull Fed policy NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields were little changed on Friday after a strong jobs report had sent them surging to their highest since September, as investors evaluated when the Federal Reserve is likely to begin paring its bond-purchase program.US employers added 203,000 jobs in November and the jobless rate fell to a five-year low of 7.0 percent, raising expectations the Federal Reserve will begin paring its bond-purchase program in coming months.But Treasuries were volatile and ...
Prices gain as retail sales disappoint NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields fell on Friday after data showed that US retail sales rose less than expected in August, pointing to slower growth before the Federal Reserve's highly anticipated meeting next week, where it is expected to announce it will reduce its bond purchases.The White House, reacting to a report in a Japanese newspaper that Lawrence Summers would soon be named to head the Federal Reserve, said no decision had been made yet, ...
US Treasuries rout may be far from over NEW YORK: It has already been a horrid year for investors in US Treasuries - and it could easily get much worse.US government bonds ended August with their fourth straight monthly loss, down 3.43 percent on a total return basis in the four months, their worst such stretch since 1996, according to the Barclays Aggregate US Treasury Index .Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes have surged by 1.29 percentage points since their low-water mark around ...
Lacker says exit from bond-buying programme should be quick BERLIN: The US central bank should stop its bond-buying quickly and an end to the programme was "in sight", a senior Federal Reserve official said in an interview with a German magazine on Saturday.Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, one of the Fed's most fiscally conservative officials, said he expected ending the process to be successful, according to WirtschaftsWoche."We must make our exit from the bond-buying programme quick," Lacker was quoted as saying by the German ...
US bond prices fall on upbeat factory, jobs data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell on Thursday as encouraging data on jobless claims and factory activities supported the view the economy may be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to pare back bond purchases revived the selling in bonds.Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's second day of testimony before lawmakers about economic monetary policy produced no ground-breaking insights on the timing when it might reduce $85 billion monthly bond-purchase stimulus and subsequent increase in short-term interest ...
US bond prices rise as retail sales disappoint NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices rose Monday as weaker-than-forecast retail sales growth led to expectations of disappointing second-quarter economic growth and raised bets the Federal Reserve might stick its current rate of bond-purchase stimulus.The US government said on Monday retail sales increased 0.4 percent last month, half of the rise economists polled by Reuters had forecast. The slowdown led Wall Street to now expect the economy likely expanded at a meager 1 percent clip ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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