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US Fed buys $15bn of mortgage bonds, sells none           NEW YORK: The Federal Reserve bought $15.0 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities Feb. 14-20, less than the $20.6 billion it bought in the prior week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday.   The US central bank sold no mortgage securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae, in the latest week. It sold $1.8 billion the previous week, the New York Fed said on its Website.   On Sept. 14, the Fed began a $40 billion monthly increase in MBS purchases, its third round of large-scale bond buying, known as QE3, in an attempt to support the housing recovery and boost economic growth.   Since October 2011, the Fed has been using funds from principal payments on the agency debt and agency MBS it holds to reinvest in agency MBS, which was an earlier move to help the housing market.   Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

US 10 year notes firmer but yield stays above 2pc        SINGAPORE: US 10-year Treasuries inched higher in Asia on Thursday, but its gains were limited even as weakness in equities stirred some safe haven bids for bonds.   - Ten-year notes edged up 1/32 in price to yield roughly 2.007 percent, steady from late US trade on Wednesday.   - US Treasuries had risen on Wednesday as a fall in stock prices rekindled investors' appetite for less risky assets.   The S&P 500 index posted its biggest one-day fall in three ...
US bonds steady in Europe before debt sales  LONDON: US Treasuries were steady on Tuesday, with selling ahead of debt auctions offset by concerns about the lack of a deal to avert spending cuts in the United States and rising political risks in Europe.   Traders said some investors were making room in their books before sales of $72 billion in new debt this week, including $32 billion in three-year notes on Tuesday, $24 billion in 10-year notes on Wednesday and $16 billion in 30-year ...
Bond prices fall on less glum European data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell on Tuesday after less worrisome data on European business activity in 10 months raised hopes of an economic recovery in the region, stoking selling of safe-haven government debt.   The market sell-off was also spurred by lower yields on Italian and Spanish sovereign debt after they jumped on Monday on worries about possible major political shake-ups in euro zone's third and fourth biggest economies.   Another factor exacerbating the weakness in Treasuries prices ...
US bonds slip on housing jump, fewer jobless claims NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices fell on Thursday, weakened by stronger economic data that favored riskier assets over safe-haven debt.   After falling for four straight sessions to their lowest levels in two weeks and hurt by concern that Congress might not raise the $16.4 trillion federal borrowing limit, Treasury yields rose, moving inversely to prices.   Government data showing the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to a five-year low last week and ...
US bonds get safety bid before debt ceiling battle NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices rose on Tuesday, drawing a safety bid from weaker stock prices and from a prospective battle in Washington over the government's borrowing limit, and support from large debt purchases by the Federal Reserve.   A refusal by Congress to raise the debt ceiling would raise the risk that the United States would default on its debt by the spring. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke urged lawmakers on Monday to lift the country's borrowing ...
Bonds steady as fresh budget battle looms  LONDON: US Treasuries stabilised in Europe on Thursday as investors focused on fresh US political battles in coming weeks over spending cuts, halting a sell-off that followed a deal to avoid sharp tax hikes.   US benchmark 10-year T-note yields were last at 1.837 percent, unchanged from late New York levels. The yields retreated slightly away from a 3-month high of 1.86 percent reached on Wednesday as bonds sold off after US lawmakers reached a deal to ...

 



 
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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