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US yields fall as European debt yields drop to record lows NEW YORK: US Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bond yields fell to record lows, a day after the European Central Bank said it would launch new stimulus in an effort to boost sagging regional growth and stave off deflation.The ECB said it would buy 60 billion euros ($67 billion) of assets a month from March, focusing mainly on sovereign bonds. Bond purchases will cover maturities of up to 30 years - longer than many in the market had expected."We're trading higher in sympathy with what's going on in Europe," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT in Stamford, Connecticut. "The QE program is buying further out the curve than initially anticipated."Long-dated bonds led the US rally and the yield curve flattened as investors reached for higher yields. Treasuries are attractive as they offer significantly higher yields than comparable European debt.Benchmark 10-year notes gained 15/32 in ...

US to sell fewest 2-year notes in nearly 7 years NEW YORK: The US Treasury Department said on Thursday it will, as expected, sell $26 billion in two-year notes next Tuesday, which will be the smallest offering of this maturity since February 2008. The US government's finance arm has reduced the auction sizes of two- and three-year notes for three straight months due to reduced short-term borrowing needs. After the two-year note sale, the Treasury will sell $35 billion in five-year debt on Wednesday and ...
Bonds slip, foes gripe at Venezuela's economic changes CARACAS: Venezuelan bond prices edged down on Thursday while opponents savaged economic changes by President Nicolas Maduro that included a seeming devaluation of the currency and an imminent rise in domestic gasoline prices. Under pressure over the OPEC member's recession, product shortages and plunging oil revenues, Maduro has opted to keep a complex three-tier currency control system, though bands have been shifted to ensure more dollars are sold at higher levels. In a speech on ...
US bond prices fall as data spurs profit-taking NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell on Friday as an upbeat report on US consumer sentiment and less dire data on inflation sparked profit-taking on recent gains tied to fears about deflation in Europe and a surprise policy U-turn by the Swiss central bank. The US government debt market came off five days of gains linked to safe-haven demand that had sent the 30-year bond yield to a series of record lows. A small move ...
US 30-year yield hits record low for second day NEW YORK: Yields on US 30-year Treasuries bonds struck a record low on Thursday for a second straight session after a surprise interest rate cut by the Swiss National Bank spurred buying of higher-yielding US government debt. The yield on the longest US government securities touched 2.3940 percent, below the previous record low of 2.3950 percent set on Wednesday, according to Tradeweb and Reuters data. The 30-year bond yield last traded at 2.398 percent, down ...
US 30-year yield hits record low on weak retail data NEW YORK: The US 30-year Treasuries yield fell to a record low on Wednesday as disappointing US retail sales data raised bets the Federal Reserve would not raise interest rates this year. A 0.9 percent drop in retail sales in December, the steepest in 11 months, extended the US bond market's rally in the first two weeks of 2015, which has been underpinned by worries about deflation spreading across Europe and the effect of tumbling ...
Mexico says has covered half foreign debt issuance for 2015 MEXICO CITY: Mexico's sale of a new 30-year benchmark dollar bond and top-up of its 2025 ten-year dollar bond means the country has already covered half of its planned foreign currency debt issuance for 2015, the finance ministry said on Monday. Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said in a statement that "just over 50 percent" of Mexico's foreign financing needs had been met via a $2 billion bond sale from Nov. 18, and the $2 billion ...


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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln