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Greek bonds have not traded on electronic platform for a month LONDON: Investors have not traded Greek government bonds on the HDAT electronic platform for almost a month as the country struggles to reach a vital cash-for-reform deal with its creditors, data from Greece's central bank showed on Friday. The data shows not a single bond has been traded since May 20, in a sign investors have moved to the sidelines, lacking the appetite to buy what is currently considered one of the riskiest assets in the world. In what is widely billed as another last-ditch attempt to break the deadlock, euro zone leaders will hold an emergency summit on Monday evening on Greece, where bank withdrawals have accelerated and government revenues slumped. In May and April only 4 million euros worth of bonds have been traded, compared with 63 million euros in March, 241 million in February and 560 million in January. About 10.4 billion euros were traded in 2014. ...

Italy, Spain, Portugal bond yields rise with no Greek breakthrough LONDON: Italian, Spanish and Portuguese bond yields rose in a nervous market on Friday after a euro zone finance ministers' meeting ended the previous day with no breakthrough in deadlocked Greek debt talks.Euro zone leaders will now hold an emergency summit on Monday to try to avert a default at the end of the month in Greece, where bank withdrawals have accelerated and government revenues slumped.The European Central Bank's governing council will hold a telephone ...
German Bund futures open half a point higher LONDON: German Bund futures opened half a point higher on Friday as investors came back to bond markets after strong debt sales in Italy, Spain and Ireland on Thursday.Yields have risen sharply across Europe in the past two months, with German 10-year Bund yields jumping from near zero to above 1 percent during that period.The solid demand at the debt sales on Thursday gave the market a signal that many investors were eager to take ...
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 ...
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 ...

 



 
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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
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln