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Bond yields in southern Europe fall as election risks fade LONDON: Spanish, Italian and Portuguese bond yields hit their lowest levels in at least six weeks on Wednesday as investors saw elections in southern Europe as producing no major policy upsets. Greece's elections did not result in a hung parliament as many had expected, keeping Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in power with a new mandate to pursue EU-prescribed reforms. A vote in the Spanish region of Catalonia gave pro-independence parties the majority of seats in parliament but they did not achieve a clear mandate to push ahead with their secessionist goals. Meanwhile, market reaction to news of negative euro zone inflation remained muted. On Sunday, Portugal will hold a parliamentary election where the risk of an inconclusive result remains high, although the ruling centre-right coalition has been ahead in polls in recent weeks. The polls are encouraging investors, as many European policymakers and financial analysts have praised the current government ...

Bund yields hug one-month lows after euro zone PMI data, Draghi LONDON: German Bund yields held near one-month lows on Wednesday after euro zone factory activity data met expectations and ECB President Mario Draghi said more time was needed to decide about boosting its stimulus programme. The euro zone data showed a small overall slowdown in business growth but was broadly in line with a Reuters poll and eased fears that weak Chinese growth might have been more of a drag on Europe. "A lot of ...
UK five-year gilt prices hit highest level since April LONDON: Five-year British government bond prices surged to a five-month high on Tuesday, helped by investors piling into safe assets as commodity prices and stock markets slid. Gilt yields fell alongside those of other major government bonds, with the 10-year British government bond yield falling most heavily across the range of maturities. It closed at 1.78 percent, down around 10 basis points on the day, after earlier touching its lowest level since Aug. 24 at ...
Eurozone bond yields fall as US keeps interest rates on hold PARIS: Investors snapped up eurozone bonds Friday, anticipating the European Central Bank may step more heavily into the market after the US decision to keep interest rates on hold.Around 0930 GMT the rate of return to investors in secondary trading of benchmark 10-year German government bonds fell to 0.686 percent from 0.781 on Thursday evening before the US Federal Reserve held its key interest rate locked at zero citing worries about how the slowdown in ...
Another failed auction sends German yields to two-week highs LONDON: German bond yields touched two-week highs of almost 0.80 percent on Wednesday after the sale of a 30-year bond failed to attract enough bids for the amount offered. Investors steered clear even with the highest average yield seen at auction in nearly a year. They were put off by the possibility of an interest rate rise in the United States. The euro zone's benchmark bond touched levels seen just before the European Central Bank ...
German 10-year Bund yields hit 0.70 percent before auction, Fed LONDON: German 10-year Bund yields rose to 0.70 percent on Tuesday as investors cut exposure before a long-dated German debt auction and a Federal Reserve meeting later this week. Markets see a one-in-four chance the Fed will hike interest rates for the first time since 2006 on Thursday, with the probability falling sharply in recent weeks due to worries over the impact of a slowdown in China. Germany plans to sell 30-year bonds on Wednesday. ...
Turkish 5-year bond yield in line with forecast in tap ISTANBUL: The Turkish treasury sold a net 737.8 million lira ($242.21 million) in a tap of a five-year fixed coupon bond at a compound average yield of 11.33 percent on Tuesday, data showed, largely in line with a poll forecast of 11.32 percent. It sold a net 559.1 million lira in a tap of a seven-year floating rate note at a price of 95,238 lira, the data showed, compared with a forecast of 95,780 lira. ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
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