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Venezuela bonds tumble as investors spurn new forex system CARACAS/NEW YORK: Venezuela's dollar-denominated bonds tumbled on Wednesday after the government announced a new foreign exchange platform that was seen as insufficient to resolve an economic crisis and ease fears of a possible bond default. The OPEC nation on Tuesday unveiled a new free-floating currency platform called Simadi, the third system in a three-tier exchange control mechanism meant to bolster state coffers. Venezuela faces a potential gap in funding in 2015 given what it owes to foreigners holding US dollar denominated debt. Siobhan Morden, a veteran emerging market debt strategist and head of Latin America strategy at Jeffries in New York believes the government needs to fill a $14 billion hole in its balance sheet in order to meet its obligations. "Maybe they can do something that is extremely creative that enables them to get through this year. But as it stands right now, with all the resources I am ...

US municipal bond yields up sharply NEW YORK: Benchmark US municipal bond prices fell on Friday, lifting yields as much as 7 basis points after a report showed that the US job market grew solidly in January and wages rebounded strongly. Yields on AAA-rated muni bonds in the 2023-2025 maturity rose 5-7 basis points, according to a preliminary scale read from Municipal Market Data (MMD), a unit of Thomson Reuters. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
US bond prices fall with eyes on Greece before payrolls NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices fell on Thursday as traders pared bond holdings ahead of the January payrolls report, though market losses were limited due to tension between Greece and its euro zone partners in their debt negotiation.Another solid payroll reading, coupled with a possible rebound in wage growth, will likely revive views that the Federal Reserve might consider raising interest rates as early as this summer, analysts and traders said."Right now it's to be ...
US yields jump on Greece hopes, weak JGB sale NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields rose on Tuesday as hopes Greece could strike a new debt deal and poor demand at a Japanese government debt sale spurred broad selling in high-rated government bonds.Benchmark yields were on track for their biggest one-day jump in six weeks. On Monday, Greece's new government dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt and proposed ending a standoff with its official creditors by swapping the debt for growth-linked bonds.Meanwhile, ...
US 5-year TIPS breakeven rate highest since Nov NEW YORK: A US bond market's gauge of inflation expectations rose its highest level since November on Tuesday as the oil market booked fourth straight days of gains due to a weak dollar and news of a large oil company's plan to cut its capital spending. Until their current rebound, US oil futures fell over 50 percent from their peak last June to a near six-year low last week at $43.58 a barrel. The steep ...
US bonds turn flat as Wall Street rallies NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices turned flat on Monday, reversing much of their earlier gains, as Wall Street stocks staged a rally in late trading, reducing the safe-haven appeal of government debt. The three major Wall Street indexes struggled much of the session on disappointing data on consumer spending and manufacturing sector.The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average were up more than 1 percent shortly before the market close.Benchmark 10-year Treasuries ...
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 ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln