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Two-year gilt yields hit seven-month peak as market eyes BoE outlook LONDON: Short-dated gilt yields rose to their highest level since November on Thursday, adjusting further to recent comments from Bank of England policymakers who suggested they could soon vote to hike interest rates.The two-year British government bond yield peaked at 0.699 percent, its highest level since Nov. 7, and was last 3 basis points up on the day at 0.685 percent.The five-year yield, while rising less strongly than the two-year gilt yield, touched a new eight-month high for the second session in a row.Three members of the BoE's Monetary Policy Committee this week highlighted encouraging signs in Britain's labour market, with Martin Weale in particular hinting he could soon vote to hike rates from their record low level.And on Thursday, BoE Deputy Governor Minouche Shafik said it would be "overly gloomy" to interpret low gilt yields as a signal of a prolonged period of low growth or low inflation."We've seen ...

Euro zone bond markets turn cautious on Greek deal prospects LONDON: Italian, Spanish and Portuguese borrowing costs rose on Wednesday as doubts over a deal to save Greece from default and keep it in the euro zone re-emerged. Yields on top-rated German Bunds fell as investors sought refuge in safe-haven assets. A Greek government official said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told associates that creditors had rejected proposals presented by Athens to bridge a budget gap. Tsipras made the comments before heading to Brussels to meet ...
Greek bonds have not traded on electronic platform for a month LONDON: Investors have not traded Greek government bonds on the HDAT electronic platform for almost a month as the country struggles to reach a vital cash-for-reform deal with its creditors, data from Greece's central bank showed on Friday. The data shows not a single bond has been traded since May 20, in a sign investors have moved to the sidelines, lacking the appetite to buy what is currently considered one of the riskiest assets in ...
Italy, Spain, Portugal bond yields rise with no Greek breakthrough LONDON: Italian, Spanish and Portuguese bond yields rose in a nervous market on Friday after a euro zone finance ministers' meeting ended the previous day with no breakthrough in deadlocked Greek debt talks.Euro zone leaders will now hold an emergency summit on Monday to try to avert a default at the end of the month in Greece, where bank withdrawals have accelerated and government revenues slumped.The European Central Bank's governing council will hold a telephone ...
German Bund futures open half a point higher LONDON: German Bund futures opened half a point higher on Friday as investors came back to bond markets after strong debt sales in Italy, Spain and Ireland on Thursday.Yields have risen sharply across Europe in the past two months, with German 10-year Bund yields jumping from near zero to above 1 percent during that period.The solid demand at the debt sales on Thursday gave the market a signal that many investors were eager to take ...
Ten-year gilts show strongest gains in eight weeks as IMF quits Greece talks LONDON: British 10-year gilts recorded their strongest one-day price gain in four weeks on Thursday, tracking German bond prices higher and pulling yields away from last week's six-month high after the IMF broke off talks with Greece.Ten-year gilt yields dropped more than 7 basis points on the day to 2.05 percent by 1555 GMT, translating into the biggest rise in prices since April 14. "Everything is in thrall to Bunds at the moment," said Marc ...
UK gilt yields hit 11-day high after weak auction LONDON: British government bond prices fell after weak demand at the sale of 3.25 billion pounds ($4.95 billion) of 10-year gilts on Tuesday, pushing 10-year yields to their highest since May 22.The UK Debt Management Office said investors bid for 1.19 times the 3.25 billion pounds of 2 percent 2025 gilts available, matching similarly weak demand at a sale on April 8, which showed the lowest investor appetite since March 2009.Gilt futures fell to a ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln