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Gilt prices hit two-week low after US jobs data LONDON: British government bond prices hit an almost two-week low on Wednesday, sinking with US Treasuries after a report showed US private employers continued to steadily add jobs in the world's largest economy. The latest ADP jobs survey of US private sector employers showed the addition of 213,000 jobs in January, consistent with a view in the market that the US Federal Reserve could hike interest rates around mid-year. That boosted major global government bond yields, including British debt.The 10-year gilt yield hit its highest level since Jan. 22 at 1.543 percent at 1334 GMT.It settled back to 1.538 percent, up 7.5 basis points on the day. Trading in gilt futures spiked around the release of the ADP jobs survey of US private sector employers, which showed the addition of 213,000 jobs in January, lower than forecast but consistent with a steady labour recovery. Gilts showed little immediate reaction to ...

Greek yields rise on report ECB wary of raising T-bill sales LONDON: Greek yields rose on Wednesday as a media report that the ECB was unwilling to approve Athens' proposal to raise the ceiling for its treasury bill issuance cooled optimism that a compromise debt deal may be reached.Citing people familiar with the matter, the Financial Times quoted one euro zone official as saying the European Central Bank "will play hardball" on Greece's plans to sell short-term Treasury bills worth 10 billions euros to tide over ...
Greek bond yields dive, stocks surge as Athens backs off debt writedown LONDON: Greek shares surged and bond yields tumbled on Tuesday as the new government in Athens appeared to soften its stance on a debt writedown with proposals for a new debt swap.Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who met investors in London on Monday, proposed ending a standoff with creditors by swapping the debt for growth-linked bonds, and told private investors they would not face losses.While Varoufakis later said he had been misinterpreted, he was widely reported ...
Greek yields down, stocks up as Athens backs off debt writedown LONDON: Greek bond yields plunged and stocks rallied on Tuesday as the new government in Athens appeared to soften its stance on a debt writedown with proposals for a new debt swap.Meeting investors in London on Monday, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis proposed ending a standoff with creditors by swapping the debt for growth-linked bonds, and reassured private investors that they would not face losses.While Varoufakis later said he had been misinterpreted, he was widely reported ...
Lower-rated euro debt yields dip as Italy elects new president LONDON: Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated bonds mostly fell on Monday as political uncertainty in Italy eased after lawmakers elected a new president.Greek yields rose, however, amid signs that the new government in Athens and its EU partners had yet to resolve their differences over the terms under which the country's debt obligations might be renegotiated.Italy's parliament chose Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran centre-left politician, as president on Saturday.The vote showed ...
German yields dip on Fed rate hike doubts, Greek worries LONDON: German bond yields fell on Thursday as worries over Greece's new anti-bailout government buoyed demand for top-rated assets from investors who were also starting to think the U.S. Federal Reserve could hold back any interest rate rise.Athens looked to set to endure a fourth day of market jitters since Sunday's election with its newly-instated government at loggerheads with international creditors as it begins to roll back austerity measures.Strained relationships in the euro area will ...
UK 10-year government bond yield touches new record low LONDON: Ten-year British government bond yields fell to a record low on Thursday, driven down by the U.S. Federal Reserve underlining it will be "patient" in raising interest rates, as well as by uncertainty about the new Greek government's reforms.The 10-year gilt yield sank below 1.4 percent for the first time, breaking a record which had held since the depths of the euro zone debt crisis in July 2012, and reached a trough of 1.396 ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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