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Greece plans summer bond issue after April success ATHENS: Greece is preparing to issue a small-sized, medium-term bond in the coming weeks to follow on the heels of its successful return to debt markets this year after a four-year exile, a senior finance ministry official told Reuters.Bailed out twice by the European Union and International Monetary Fund and reliant on aid to keep afloat, Greece has enjoyed an abrupt turnaround in investor sentiment as it steadies its finances and targets a return to economic growth this year.Athens is now eyeing a bond issue before August with a likely maturity of seven years to raise 2-3 billion euros, the official said, to take advantage of bond yields hovering around four-and-a-half year lows.The sale would follow Greece's 3 billion euro sale of five-year bonds in April that marked the clearest sign yet that the country was emerging from a painful debt crisis and could exit its bailout soon."Conditions in the ...

Two-year German yields near zero as ECB injects cash LONDON: German two-year bond yields held near one-year lows on Tuesday as the European Central Bank released tens of billions of euros into the euro zone banking sector, anchoring short-term interest rates around the zero bound.For the first time the ECB did not hold a weekly deposit tender to neutralise the effect of the bond purchases it made at the height of the crisis, effectively injecting back into the market the 108 billion it drained ...
UK gilt futures reverse early losses after lower-than-expected inflation data LONDON: British gilt futures reversed losses in early trade on Tuesday after inflation fell more sharply than expected in May to a 4-1/2 year low. Consumer price inflation dropped to 1.5 percent last month from 1.8 percent in April, its lowest level since October 2009, the Office for National Statistics said. Economists in a Reuters poll had expected the index to fall to 1.7 percent. Following the data, British gilt futures jumped to a session-high ...
Two-year British gilt yields near three-year highs after Carney LONDON: Two-year British government bond yields rose to their highest in nearly three years on Monday as market participants brought forward rate hike expectations following last week's comments from the head of the Bank of England.Governor Mark Carney took markets by surprise when he said on Thursday that a rise in the BoE's main rate from a record low 0.5 percent could come sooner than markets had thought.That prompted markets to revise the expected date ...
Bosnia's region raises $27.7mn via 5-year domestic bond issue BANJA LUKA: Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic on Monday raised 40 million Bosnian marka ($27.7 million) at a debut auction of a five-year domestic bond aimed at covering the region's budget gap, its Finance Ministry said.Investors placed bids for 59.9 million marka against 40 million marka on offer. The paper carried a fixed annual coupon of 6 percent.Bosnia's two regions, the Serb Republic and the Bosniak-Croat Federation, have increasingly taken to tapping debt markets to fill ...
Ireland to sell 500 million euros of three-month T-bills DUBLIN: Ireland will offer 500 million euros of three-month treasury bills on Thursday as part of its regular auctions of short-term debt, the country's debt agency said on Monday. The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) last sold treasury bills in May, when it auctioned the same amount of three-month bills at a yield of 0.22 percent. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Bunds shrug off UK rates worries to hit day's high LONDON: German bonds recovered after an earlier fall on Friday, as investors shrugged off worries that a rates rise in the UK would have a knock on effect for euro zone government borrowing costs.Bund futures, the most actively traded securities in euro zone bond markets, initially dropped as much as 43 ticks at Friday's open after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said UK interest rates could rise sooner than financial markets expect. However, by ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln