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Ten-year gilts show strongest gains in eight weeks as IMF quits Greece talks LONDON: British 10-year gilts recorded their strongest one-day price gain in four weeks on Thursday, tracking German bond prices higher and pulling yields away from last week's six-month high after the IMF broke off talks with Greece.Ten-year gilt yields dropped more than 7 basis points on the day to 2.05 percent by 1555 GMT, translating into the biggest rise in prices since April 14. "Everything is in thrall to Bunds at the moment," said Marc Ostwald, fixed income strategist at ADM Investor Services International. Concerns about a lack of progress in Greece's discussions with the International Monetary Fund were again offering support to safe-haven bonds, he added. The Fund raised the stakes in Greece's stalled debt talks on Thursday as its delegation broke off negotiations in Brussels and flew home because of major differences with Athens. The surprise announcement came as the European Union told leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis ...

UK gilt yields hit 11-day high after weak auction LONDON: British government bond prices fell after weak demand at the sale of 3.25 billion pounds ($4.95 billion) of 10-year gilts on Tuesday, pushing 10-year yields to their highest since May 22.The UK Debt Management Office said investors bid for 1.19 times the 3.25 billion pounds of 2 percent 2025 gilts available, matching similarly weak demand at a sale on April 8, which showed the lowest investor appetite since March 2009.Gilt futures fell to a ...
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 ...
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, ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune-July
Trade Balance $-22.095 bln
Exports $23.885 bln
Imports $45.980 bln
WeeklyAugust 03, 2015
Reserves $18.536 bln