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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 from near-zero levels began on April 29, coinciding with very low, but better-than-expected German inflation figures. Selling snowballed as a small rise in yields on bonds that barely pay a coupon translated into deep falls in prices and major losses for investors who were almost all positioned for a further drop in yields.The European Central Bank hoovering up bonds from the market under its 1 trillion-euro quantitative easing programme is exacerbating the usual liquidity drought ...

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, ...
Greece raises 1.138bn amid default fears: debt agency ATHENS: Greece on Wednesday raised 1.14 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in three-month treasury bills in a bid to stave off a damaging default that could be weeks away, the debt management agency said. The agency said it had accepted nearly the entire amount of 1.138 billion euros offered by creditors, paying a steady interest rate of 2.7 percent.Four months of deadlock between Greece's new radical Syriza-led government and its EU-IMF creditors over the reforms needed ...
Gilts fall sharply in global bond rout, market braces for BoE outlook LONDON: Long-dated British government bond prices fell sharply on Tuesday in a global fixed income rout, as investors awaited new Bank of England forecasts that could bring forward expectations for British interest rate hikes.The BoE will detail on Wednesday when it expects inflation to return to its 2 percent target after slumping to a record-low zero percent in February and March due to a tumble in global oil prices.Yields rose most strongly for 30-year gilts, ...
Euro zone yields jump as bond markets still in shock LONDON: Euro zone government borrowing costs rose on Tuesday as a global flight from bond markets showed no sign of abating.Analysts have struggled to explain the bond rout, blaming an uptick in inflation expectations as oil prices rose and unease about record-low yields. But with risk appetite compromised by the Greek debt crisis, the full picture is more complex.In historical terms, inflation is still very low. Before data on April 29 showed unexpected growth in ...
Greek yields edge up ahead of Eurogroup aid talks, IMF payment LONDON: Greek bond yields edged up on Monday as euro zone finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss a cash-for-reforms deal for Athens, which faces the first of a series of large debt repayments this week. Greece's government remains hopeful that the Eurogroup meeting will note progress on talks, although its biggest creditor nation, Germany - facing a eurosceptic backlash from within - is in no mood to compromise on pension and labour market reforms. ...
German yields fall as US jobs revision, oil retreat halt bond rout LONDON: German borrowing costs fell on Friday as investors' faith in a near-term US rate hike was dented by a mixed US jobs report while a retreat in oil prices helped dispel deflation fears that have been behind a recent bond rout. U.S and European benchmark bond yields dropped sharply after a report showed US jobs gains were weaker than initially thought in March, even though they rebounded last month. Traders pared expectations that 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