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Investors return to periphery debt as ECB mulls corporate bond buys LONDON: Low-rated euro zone bond yields fell on Tuesday after several sources told Reuters the ECB was considering buying corporate bonds, quelling some concerns that the central bank was not doing enough to stoke inflation and growth.The report also prompted investors to pull out of safe haven German bonds, where they had sought refuge after a series of weak growth data - the latest of which came from China on Monday - dragged on the global economic outlook."Investors now appear to take a little bit more risk on the basis that there is a relief that the ECB is considering doing something else," said Lyn Graham-Taylor, a rates strategist at Rabobank.To complement the ECB's covered bond and asset-purchase programme that started this week, the ECB is mulling whether to begin buying corporate bonds. It may decide on the matter as soon as December, sources told Reuters.German 10-year yields rose 4 ...

Solid US data calms euro zone bond market but more volatility seen LONDON: Euro zone bond markets looked more stable on Monday after solid US economic data eased some of the concerns over a slowdown in global growth that led to sharp sell-offs in peripheral debt last week.Yields on the euro zone's lowest-rated debt rose by 40 to over 200 basis points from lows to highs last week -- among the biggest moves seen since the peak of the debt crisis -- before retreating on Friday.Signs that ...
UK gilts tumble for second day as equities rebound LONDON: British government bonds fell steeply for a second day on Friday, after share prices rebounded and investors judged that Wednesday's leap up in gilt prices was overdone. Added into the mix were comments from the Bank of England's chief economist that -- although the outlook was gloomier than three months ago, with a risk of long-term stagnation -- a rate rise around the middle of next year was still possible. A rebound in share ...
Bund yields hit new lows as euro zone outlook weakens LONDON: German Bund yields fell to a record low on Wednesday as worries over a deteriorating euro zone economic outlook, fed by another credit rating blow for France, and "free falling" inflation expectations dominated the market.Yields jumped in Greece, where investors are worrying about the risk of snap elections and Athens' plans to exit its bailout early.Data releases continued to undershoot expectations, with the latest being a 0.6 percent fall in Finnish economic output in ...
German bond yields hit record lows after ZEW fuels growth scare LONDON: German government bond yields hit a new record low on Tuesday as a monthly gauge of economic sentiment reinforced fears the euro zone's engine may be slipping towards recession.The ZEW institute's index of German economic sentiment turned negative for the first time since late 2012, falling to -3.6 in October from 6.9 the previous month. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a reading of 1.Speaking after the release, ZEW's chief economist said the German ...
British 10-year gilt yields touch 16-month low as rate rise expectations pushed back LONDON: British 10-year government bond yields fell to their lowest level in 16 months on Monday on growing expectations that the Bank of England will delay a first interest rate hike until deep into 2015.Yields on 10-year debt were down more than 3 basis points at 2.18 percent at 0923 GMT, adding to last week's 19-basis-point drop, which was the largest weekly decline in more than a year. Earlier on Monday the yield was as ...
Euro zone yields near lows as S&P moves underscore growth worries LONDON: Euro zone bond yields held near record lows on Monday as Standard & Poor's credit rating downgrade of Finland and its cut in France's outlook to negative added to concerns about a deteriorating global growth outlook.The S&P moves came late on Friday at the end of a week heavy with poor economic data from across the euro zone and in which the International Monetary Fund revised its global growth forecasts lower for the third ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln