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JGBs edge lower ahead of BOJ, Fitch downgrade taken in stride TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices edged down ahead of an upcoming Bank of Japan meeting amid some ebb in expectations that the central bank will further ease monetary policy.The BOJ policy board meets on Thursday, a day after a Japanese national holiday during which the financial markets will be closed. The central bank may cut its inflation forecast, but is expected to hold off on expanding monetary stimulus, sources have told Reuters. The JGB market took a downgrade to Japan's credit rating by Fitch Ratings in its stride, as the decision was well anticipated.Fitch Ratings late on Monday downgraded Japan by one notch to A after the government failed to take steps in this fiscal year's budget to offset a delay in a sales tax increase. The outlook is stable.The benchmark 10-year yield rose half a basis point to 0.305 percent, edging away from a 2-1/2 month low of 0.280 ...

JGB yields hit multi-month lows on BOJ operation, stronger Treasuries TOKYO: Japanese government bond yields hit multi-month lows on Friday as the Bank of Japan's regular debt-buying operation and firmer US Treasuries lifted market sentiment.The two-year JGB yield fell 1 basis point to -0.015 percent, a three-month low. Investors took heart after the BOJ bought 2.5 trillion yen ($20.9 billion) of short-term bills in a regular debt-purchasing operation.The central bank regularly buys debt from the market as part of its extensive quantitative easing scheme.The benchmark ...
Sri Lanka delays $1.5bn sovereign bond issue COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has delayed a $1.5 billion sovereign bond issue originally scheduled for April, the finance minister said on Friday, days after parliament rejected his bid to raise government borrowing limits ahead of national elections.Ravi Karunanayake flagged the issue in February to take advantage of lower borrowing costs to reduce outstanding commercial loans. But he said the country was not desperate for the bond issue."We have cheaper sources and enough funds... Our reserves are ...
JGBs edge up as BOJ's regular buying operation helps TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices edged up on Friday, helped by firm results from the Bank of Japan's regular debt-buying operation.The two-year yield dipped 0.5 basis point to 0.005 percent and the benchmark 10-year yield fell 1 basis point to 0.345 percent. The BOJ on Friday bought a total of 1.13 trillion yen ($9.4 billion) of JGBs at is regular buying operation, a part of its massive monetary easing scheme.The firm results from the BOJ's ...
China money rates down sharply for 4th week as easing gains traction SHANGHAI: Chinese money market rates fell sharply for the fourth week on Friday as the central bank's efforts to ease a protracted short term liquidity crunch showed signs of gaining traction.At midday on Friday, the volume weighted average yield on the benchmark seven-day bond repurchase agreement (repo) was trading at 2.88 percent. The last time the seven-day repo closed below 3 percent was in October 2014.For the week, the seven-day repo was down 52 basis ...
Sri Lanka parliament rejects raising $3.0bn in bonds COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's new government suffered its first setback in parliament Tuesday when its proposal to raise the short-term state borrowing limit by over $3.0 billion was shot down by legislators.The government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had asked the 225-member legislature to approve increasing the treasury bond limit by 400 billion rupees ($3.0 billion) to 1,250 billion rupees.MPs voted 31 in favour and 52 against in what analysts said was a major embarrassment for ...
JGBs gain as 10-year debt auction attracts ample demand TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices gained on Thursday as the market drew relief from a show of decent investor demand for at an auction for new 10-year debt.The lowest price at Thursday's 2.4 trillion yen ($20 billion) 10-year JGB auction was a higher-than-expected 100.25, reflecting firm demand.The tail, the difference between the lowest accepted price and the average price also used as a gauge of demand, tightened to 0.04 from 0.33 at the previous auction. ...


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
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