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Spanish inflation data pins euro zone yields at record lows LONDON: Euro zone government bond yields held around record lows on Thursday after a sharp fall in Spanish consumer prices kept markets hooked on the prospects for further monetary policy easing by the European Central Bank.Spanish EU-harmonised consumer prices fell by 0.5 percent on the year in November, data showed, compared with a consensus forecast for a 0.3 percent drop and a 0.2 percent decline a month earlier.German inflation later in the day is expected to come in at 0.6 percent, while the figure for the entire euro zone - due on Friday - is seen at 0.3 percent, well below the ECB's target of just below 2 percent.Ten-year German Bund yields, which set the standard for euro zone borrowing costs, were down 1 basis point at 0.726 percent, just above a record low of 0.716 percent.Spanish and Italian 10-year yields fell 2 bps to 1.96 percent and 2.14 percent, ...

US yields drop on weak US data, continued low euro zone rates NEW YORK: Benchmark US Treasury yields fell to their lowest levels in over a month on Wednesday, while long-dated yields also hit fresh over one-month lows, on weaker-than-expected US economic data and continued low yields in Europe. A disappointing batch of US economic data underpinned a bid for safe-haven Treasuries. Analysts said the data supported the notion that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates later than expected, and that the impact was pronounced given ...
Turkey's 10 year benchmark bond yield drops to lowest in 1-1/2 years ISTANBUL: Turkey's 10-year benchmark bond yield dropped to 7.97 percent, its lowest in 1-1/2 years, on lower oil prices and expectations that inflation will fall in the coming period. The Turkish lira firmed to 2.2248 against the dollar by 1140 GMT from 2.2292 late on Tuesday, while Istanbul's main share index was up 0.18 percent. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Portugal swaps 1.75bn euros in bonds for longer issues LISBON: Portugal on Wednesday swapped almost 1.75 billion euros in bonds expiring next year and in 2016 for longer maturities, postponing its medium-term debt repayments after completing an EU/IMF bailout earlier this year. Lisbon is also taking advantage of record low yields for its longer-term debt in the secondary market to effectively reduce its average financing costs, analysts said. Even though some in the market had expected Portugal to shift greater volumes of debt, especially ...
Euro zone bond yields hold at new lows on ECB easing prospects LONDON: Euro zone bond yields held at record lows on Tuesday with financial markets lulled by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's vow to lift inflation from near-zero level by whatever means necessary. Spanish 10-year yields were below 2 percent, Irish yields below 1.5 percent and Portuguese yields under 3 percent. Most euro zone yields were at or near all-time lows as investors bet the ECB would expand its asset buying to include sovereign debt. ...
Romania sells 300mn lei in April 2020 T-Bonds BUCHAREST: Romania sold a planned 300 million lei ($84.04 million) worth of April 2020 treasury bonds on Monday, with the average accepted yield at 2.93 percent, central bank data showed.Debt managers last sold the paper in July at an average yield of 3.5 percent.Since then, comfortable market liquidity and rate cuts by the central bank have helped yields hover near record lows.Earlier this month, the finance ministry sold June 2019 bonds at an average yield ...
UK gilts hit five-week high on global economy worries LONDON: British government bond prices hit their highest level in more than a month on Thursday, boosted by gloomy business surveys from the euro zone and China that sounded warning bells for the global economy.As global equities retreated sharply, the 10-year gilt troughed at 2.072 percent, its lowest level since Oct. 16.At 1505 GMT it was at 2.0 percent - down around 5 basis points on the day and on track for its biggest fall ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln