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Thai cabinet approves issue of $3bn savings bonds in January BANGKOK: Thailand's cabinet approved on Tuesday plans to issue government savings bonds worth 100 billion baht ($3.04 billion) in January, and measures to help small and medium businesses and low income families.The savings bonds would be offered to individual investors in two tranches -- five and ten years of 50 billion baht each, with the sale scheduled for Jan. 12-20, Finance Minister Sommai Phasee told reporters after the cabinet meeting.Thailand's military-led government came to power after an elected civilian government was ousted in May.The proceeds from the five-year tranche would be used to finance losses incurred from a rice scheme run by the civilian government, while funds raised from the ten-year lot would help to finance the government's fiscal budget deficit, he said.The cabinet also approved tax cuts for small businesses, and micro financing licenses for non-bank lenders to help deter people from turning to loan sharks, he said in ...

Indian bonds rise for 2nd straight day; rate cut hopes persist MUMBAI: India's benchmark 10-year bond yield fell to a 16-1/2 month low as a slump in global oil prices reinforced expectations the central bank could cut interest rates by early next year.Traders also drew comfort from the absence of a weekly debt sale, as is usually the case on Friday.They expect underlying sentiment for bonds to remain strong, though further gains would be held off until the November data for retail inflation comes out on ...
Indian bonds see best week in 3-1/2 months; rally to continue MUMBAI: Indian government bonds posted their best weekly performance in three-and-a-half months with the benchmark 10-year bond yield hitting a 16-1/2 month low on Friday on continued optimism about a possible rate cut by the central bank early next year. The benchmark 10-year bond yield dropped 15 basis points (bps) on the week, its biggest weekly fall since the week ended Aug. 22, when it had fallen 20 bps.Traders expect sentiment for bonds to remain ...
Indian bonds hit 16-1/2 month high; end steady on profit-taking MUMBAI: Indian bonds hit a fresh 16-1/2 month high on Wednesday before closing unchanged as investors took profits after the sharp rally seen in recent sessions and as the rebound in global crude oil prices hurt, even as overall sentiment remained positive.Investors remain bullish on bonds on expectations the Reserve Bank of India will cut interest rates in early 2015 after issuing a dovish statement following its policy review on Tuesday. The positive sentiment is ...
India's benchmark 10-year bond yield at 16-1/2 month low post RBI policy MUMBAI: India's benchmark 10-year bond yield dropped to its lowest level in 16-1/2 months on Tuesday after the central bank's monetary policy statement raised hopes for a rate cut in the early part of 2015.The Reserve Bank of India held interest rates steady as widely expected at a policy review and said it could ease monetary policy early next year provided inflationary pressures do not reappear and the government controls the fiscal deficit.The benchmark 10-year ...
JGBs mostly edge down after tepid auction, downgrade TOKYO: Japanese government bonds mostly slumped on Tuesday, as the first auction following Moody's cut to Japan's sovereign rating met with tepid demand from investors. The yield on the 5-year Japanese government bond edged down to a record low, as the Bank of Japan's massive bond buying programme keeps pressure on the shorter end of the yield curve."The auction today was not so good, showing people are cautious, but that's not just because of the ...
Indian bonds hit 16-month highs ahead of RBI policy review MUMBAI: India's benchmark bonds rose to their highest level in over 16 months on Monday as investors drew comfort from the sustained fall in global crude oil prices while hoping for a surprise cut in interest rates by the central bank on Tuesday.Only 4 out of 45 analysts polled by Reuters expect the Reserve Bank of India to lower interest rates at its policy review, despite the sharp decline seen in retail inflation in recent ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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WeeklyJanuary 22, 2015
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