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Ten-year gilt yields hit 20-day low after soft GDP data LONDON: British government bonds rallied strongly on Thursday, taking 10-year yields to their lowest in nearly three weeks, following the release of first-quarter gross domestic product data which undershot economists' expectations.The Office for National Statistics confirmed an earlier reading of 0.3 percent growth in the first quarter -- half the fourth quarter rate -- wrong-footing economists who had been forecasting a small upward revision.Ten-year gilt yields hit 1.814 percent at 1053 GMT, their lowest since May 8 and more than 7 basis points down on the day. The gilts outperformed their German counterpart , narrowing their spread over German debt by around 4 basis points to 129.2 basis points.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

German bond yields on track for first weekly fall in five weeks LONDON: German bond yields headed for their first weekly fall in five weeks on Friday as the market focused again on central banks' continued use of heavy stimulus, which is helping to bring stability after weeks of violent price swings.The first fall in German business morale in seven months, albeit a shallower dip than forecast, supported demand for government bonds. Greece was the exception in the European bond market, as its yields rose after the ...
Euro bond yields rise as supply glut tests fragile market LONDON: Euro zone bond yields rose on Thursday as investors shaken by the market's recent selloff struggled to absorb more than 15 billion euros of new bonds from France and Spain.Before the debt sales, yields were falling after Federal Reserve minutes showed late on Wednesday the U.S. central bank was in no hurry to raise interest rates. Focus then shifted to the European Central Bank's plan to accelerate asset purchases in May and June.France sold ...
German Bund yields near 2015 highs as sell-off rumbles on LONDON: Benchmark German 10-year Bund yields held near 2015 highs on Thursday as a global retreat from fixed income assets rumbled on despite macroeconomic data that would normally be supportive for bond markets.Yields on U.S. Treasuries rose in early trades even though U.S. retail sales figures on Wednesday disappointed those expecting an economic rebound from a weather-weakened first quarter. A weaker outlook usually pushes investors towards the perceived safety of bonds.The spring back in yields ...
UK gilts prices rise, market unswayed by BoE outlook LONDON: British government bond prices recovered on Wednesday, tracking German Bunds higher and reacting little to new forecasts from the Bank of England that backed market expectations for when it will start to raise interest rates. The BoE cut its forecasts for British economic growth over the next three years, knocking sterling from almost seven-year highs against the dollar and extending already hefty gains in gilt prices.Gilt prices rose after the BoE's quarterly inflation report, ...
Greece raises 1.138bn amid default fears: debt agency ATHENS: Greece on Wednesday raised 1.14 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in three-month treasury bills in a bid to stave off a damaging default that could be weeks away, the debt management agency said. The agency said it had accepted nearly the entire amount of 1.138 billion euros offered by creditors, paying a steady interest rate of 2.7 percent.Four months of deadlock between Greece's new radical Syriza-led government and its EU-IMF creditors over the reforms needed ...
Gilts fall sharply in global bond rout, market braces for BoE outlook LONDON: Long-dated British government bond prices fell sharply on Tuesday in a global fixed income rout, as investors awaited new Bank of England forecasts that could bring forward expectations for British interest rate hikes.The BoE will detail on Wednesday when it expects inflation to return to its 2 percent target after slumping to a record-low zero percent in February and March due to a tumble in global oil prices.Yields rose most strongly for 30-year gilts, ...

 



 
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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%
MonthlyApril
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln