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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 mid-morning, Bund futures made a full reversal, climbing to daily highs of 145.63, 37 ticks up on the day.Strategists said data confirming the euro zone's alarmingly weak inflation served as a reminder that the path of ECB policy had completely diverged from its peer across the channel. "These deflation pressures show the ECB will keep rates low for a very long time, which is the most important thing for investors," said Christian Lenk, strategist at ...

Spain to issue bonds due 2017 and 2019 on Wednesday MADRID: Spain will issue 3- and 5-year bonds at a scheduled auction on Wednesday, the Treasury said on Friday. The available bonds include one due April 30, 2017, with a 2.1 percent coupon and one due July 30, 2019, with a 4.6 percent coupon.The Treasury will detail the amount it wishes to raise at the auction on Monday at around 1200 GMT. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Italy 12-month yields fall to new record low at bills auction MILAN: Italy paid a record low yield of 0.495 percent to borrow over a year at a bills auction on Wednesday as easing measures the European Central Bank unveiled last week spurred demand for higher-yielding debt from lower-rated euro zone issuers.The Treasury sold the planned 6.5 billion euros ($8.85 billion) in bills maturing in June 2015, attracting bids for 1.7 times that amount.A month ago Italy paid 0.65 percent to sell 12-month bills at an ...
Portuguese yields fall after first post-bailout debt sale LONDON: Portuguese bond yields resumed their fall towards record lows on Wednesday as Lisbon's first debt sale since it exited a bailout last month drew strong demand from investors.Portugal sold 975 million euros of 10-year bonds, more than planned, meeting demand for 2.4 times the amount issued. The result suggested limited concern about the constitutional court's rejection last month of a series of austerity measures.The court decision means Lisbon has yet to receive the last ...
Yields on low-rated euro zone bonds rise before debt auctions LONDON: Yields on the euro zone's lower rated bonds rose on Wednesday as upcoming debt auctions prompted investors to book profits after a fall to record lows triggered by the European Central Bank's latest easing measures. The ECB cut all its interest rates last week and promised more liquidity for banks, while leaving the door open for a programme of outright asset purchases. The measures pushed 10-year yields in Italy, Spain and Portugal 20-30 basis ...
UK gilts prices edge lower with Bunds LONDON: British government bond prices edged down with German Bunds on Tuesday, despite a well-received auction of 10-year gilts, as demand rose for riskier assets like stocks and peripheral euro zone bonds.The 10-year gilt yield was last up 2.5 basis points on the day at 2.725 percent, not far off its highest level in almost a month.Fresh monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank announced last week continued to make its presence felt in global ...
Slovenia T-bill auction oversubscribed, yields down LJUBLJANA: Slovenia's short-term borrowing costs fell on Tuesday when the finance ministry sold 138 million euros of treasury bills, overshooting the original 60 million euro target with yields falling on all maturities."The yields were down as expected after euro zone market liquidity rose following the ECB rate cut on Thursday," said Saso Stanovnik, chief economist of investment firm Alta Invest.The yield on Slovenia's 10-year benchmark bond also fell on Tuesday, reaching the lowest level since ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
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