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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 1.6 percent in early May. But even at 2.89 percent on Wednesday, yields could move even higher, and prices lower, when the US Federal Reserve pulls back on its $85-billion-a-month buying of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, a process largely expected to begin with the Sept. 17-18 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee."I don't know what the magic number is, but Treasury yields will be much higher than they are now by year-end," said Dan ...

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 ...
US bond market slides as Fed plans become clearer NEW YORK: Fears about the Federal Reserve buying fewer bonds later this year pummeled the US bond market on Thursday, pushing benchmark yields to the highest levels since August 2011, with few signs of when the month-long rout will end.The sell-off in US government debt has been swift and dramatic. The iShares Barclays 20-year-plus exchange-traded fund , one of the most popular bond ETFs, has lost about 10.7 percent during this period - comparable to ...
US 30-year bond yield highest since Sept. 2011 NEW YORK: The yield on US 30-year Treasury bonds rose to its highest level since September 2011 in the aftermath of remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who suggested the central bank might reduce its bond purchases later this year if the economy shows further improvement.The selling in the 30-year or long bond intensified after a poor $7 billion auction of 30-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.The long bond last traded down 1-30/32 in price with ...
US bond prices steady before Fed policy meeting NEW YORK: Most US Treasuries prices were little changed on Tuesday in light, choppy trading, as investors awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting for signs whether the US central bank might scale back its current stimulus program.The Fed's policy statement, to be released after the close of the meeting on Wednesday afternoon, could affirm remarks by Chairman Ben Bernanke last month that the US central bank may decide to trim the amount ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln