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Lower-rated bond yields dip as ECB's Visco urges govt bond buying LONDON: Spanish and Italian bond yields slipped on Monday after a European Central Bank official said the risk of deflation in the euro zone should not be underestimated and urged the bank to buy government debt. ECB Governing Council member Ignazio Visco made the comments to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag as policymakers consider buying sovereign debt, in so-called quantitative easing, to prevent the euro zone slipping into a deflationary spiral. Markets speculate the ECB could announce such a move as early as at its policy meeting on Jan. 22. "The comments emphasise that the ECB governors are seriously considering policy action.The expectation is they could already announce a bond buying programme next week," said Mathias van der Jeugt, a strategist at KBC Securities. Spanish and Italian 10-year yields were down 2-3 basis points at 1.72 percent and 1.87 percent percent respectively. Lower-rated bonds had a bit of a wobble ...

Euro zone bond yields hover just above record lows before US payrolls LONDON: Euro zone government bond yields held just above record lows on Friday before a U.S. labour market report that is expected to reconfirm the yawning gap between the two regions and their monetary policy outlooks.Expectations that the European Central Bank will soon launch a large-scale government bond purchase programme to reverse a fall in consumer prices and boost a stagnant economy have virtually erased yields across the single currency bloc.About a quarter of the ...
Greece to auction 625mn euros of 3-month T-bills on Jan 14 ATHENS: Greece will sell 625 million euros ($739 million) of three-month treasury bills on January 14 to refinance a maturing issue, the country's debt agency PDMA said on Friday.The settlement date will be January 16. Only primary dealers will be allowed to participate and no commission will be paid.Athens has a stock of about 15 billion euros of T-bills that it regularly refinances with the help of Greek banks. A previous sale in December was ...
Spanish yields dip as QE bets support debut 2015 bond sale LONDON: Spanish bond yields headed down on Thursday after 2015 debt sales got off to a solid start as investors bet the European Central Bank will soon announce new monetary stimulus. Yields on bonds from the euro zone periphery rose from record lows this week, helping to attract yield-hungry investors especially to the longer-dated bonds Spain and France offered at the auction. A grab for yield drove most euro zone bond yields to record lows ...
Spanish yields dip before a debt sale QE bets are likely to support LONDON: Spanish bond yields headed down on Thursday before the country's 2015 debt sales, which is expected to get off to a solid start as investors bet the European Central Bank will soon announce new monetary stimulus.Yields on bonds from the euro zone periphery rose from record lows this week, which may also attract investors hoping to maximise returns.A grab for yield drove most euro zone bond yields to record lows at the start of ...
Spain sells 5 billion euros of debt at triple-bond auction MADRID: Spain sold 5 billion euros ($5.89 billion) of debt at its first bond auction of the year on Thursday, at slightly lower average yields as investors await some kind of European Central Bank bond-buying scheme in the face of falling prices.Spain's Treasury hit the top end of its target to sell between 4 billion and 5 billion euros.The Treasury sold 2.8 billion euros of the bond due Jan 31, 2020, at an average yield ...
Bund yields bounce as euro zone data hints at ‘good’ deflation LONDON: German Bund yields bounced off record lows on Wednesday after euro zone inflation data showed sinking oil prices did not push down the cost of other goods and services, although expectations for more ECB easing remained high.Euro zone markets at large were dominated by speculation on how the inflation data might affect European Central Bank policy, but Greek 10-year yields rose above 10 percent on resurfacing fears that Athens might leave the currency union.Euro ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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