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Yield curve flattest in six years as rate hike expectations rise NEW YORK: The US Treasuries yield curve flattened to a six-year low on Monday after a surprisingly strong November employment report boosted expectations of an interest rate increase next year.US employers added the largest number of workers in almost three years last month and wage gains accelerated, a sign of economic strength that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to raising rates.Short and intermediate-date notes are the most sensitive to a rate increase and dramatically underperformed on Monday, while 30-year bonds rallied strongly."It's basically just follow through from Friday's number, the curve is seeing massive flattening," said Kri Bayha, a front-end Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.Two-year interest rate futures were the worst performer on the day, even underperforming two-year Treasuries, as investors preferred to sell futures to avoid any disruptions that may arise in the reverse repurchase agreement market heading into year-end, Bayha added.Two-year notes last yielded ...

Prices steady ahead of ECB, US jobs data NEW YORK: US Treasuries prices steadied after two days of losses and were little changed on Wednesday as debt traders awaited possible monetary policy shifts by European central bankers and a key report on American unemployment. Treasuries traded tightly, with the yield on 30-year bonds hovering around 3 percent. "The market is pretty much in lockdown mode," said Eric Green, head of US rates and research at TD Securities in New York. "The market is ...
C$ firms after more upbeat Bank of Canada statement TORONTO: The Canadian dollar strengthened on Wednesday after the Bank of Canada said the country's economic recovery is broadening, while it cautioned that plunging oil prices are a risk and that the global economy is still struggling.The central bank, which held its policy rate unchanged at 1 percent as expected, noted that the impact of stronger Canadian exports was beginning to show in increased business investment and more jobs, but that lower prices for oil ...
C$ weakens as falling oil prices outweigh robust GDP data TORONTO: The Canadian dollar fell sharply against the US dollar on Friday as tumbling US crude prices was the dominant driver for the currency, overshadowing higher-than-expected third-quarter Canadian growth figures.Crude oil prices hit a fresh four-year low following OPEC's decision on Thursday to keep current production levels unchanged, a move market participants said would leave oil markets oversupplied.US crude, in particular, was down nearly 6 percent from Wednesday's finish. US financial markets were closed on ...
US yields drop on weak US data, low euro zone rates NEW YORK: Benchmark US Treasury yields hit their lowest levels in over a month on Wednesday, while long-dated yields hit more than one-month lows for a second straight day on weaker-than-expected US economic data and continued low yields in Europe. A disappointing batch of US data underpinned the bid for safe-haven Treasuries.Analysts said the data gave the US Federal Reserve more reason to keep interest rates low and that the impact was pronounced given low ...
US yields hold near session highs after BoJ move NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields held near their session highs in early US trading on Friday in the aftermath of the Bank of Japan's stunning move to expansion of its asset-purchase program in an effort to boost its economy. The central bank of the world's third biggest economy decided to increase the pace at which it expands base money to about 80 trillion yen ($726 billion) per year. Previously, the BOJ targeted an annual increase ...
US bond prices edge up on weak data, Brazilian election NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices inched higher on Monday in a safe-haven bid on concerns about weak US economic data and the steep drop in Brazil's stock market following the re-election of incumbent leftist Dilma Rousseff. Economic data on the world's largest economy wobbled again on Monday, as a slowing in the US services sector and a less-than-expected rise in pending home sales lifted US bond prices. US government 30-year bond yields, which move ...


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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 $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
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