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German yields waver as investors balance Saudi scare with oil surge LONDON: Investors took refuge in German bonds on Thursday after Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen but analysts said a further fall in yields was capped by the prospect of an inflation-boosting oil price rise.Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge.Yemen's slide towards civil war has made it a crucial front in mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Shi'ite Iran, and stoked fears that Middle East fighting was spreading out of control.Global investors headed for German bonds, the euro zone's top-rated debt, while news of the conflict also sent the price of oil surging up 6 percent."The impact of Saudi Arabia's air strikes in Yemen is complex," said Mizuho strategist Peter Chatwell."It's geo-political risk, so Bund bullish, but the rise in the oil ...

Gilt yields soar as markets rethink BoE rate hike bets LONDON: British government bond yields surged on Thursday as upbeat economic data and comments from Bank of England policymakers prompted investors to bring forward their bets on when the central bank is likely to start raising interest rates.Five-year British government bond yields rose by the largest margin in almost seven weeks.The benchmark five-year gilt yield, which is particularly sensitive to changes in policy rate expectations over the medium term, jumped 9 basis points to 1.21 ...
German yields fall as investors see persistently low US inflation LONDON: German bond yields fell on Wednesday as core government debt was buoyed by investors betting that continued low U.S. inflation might deter the Federal Reserve from hiking rates until later this year.There was little market reaction to a closely watched survey on German business sentiment that provided further signs the euro zone's largest economy could be gaining momentum.German 10-year yields, the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, were down 2 basis points at 0.22 ...
German bonds catch up with US market rally on low inflation bets LONDON: German bond yields fell on Wednesday, catching up with a rally in U.S. Treasuries overnight as investors bet low inflation was likely to persist and might deter the Federal Reserve from hiking rates until later this year.There was little market reaction to a closely watched survey on German business sentiment that provided further signs the euro zone's largest economy could be gaining momentum.German 10-year yields, which set the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, ...
Spanish bond yields lag as investors queue up for rare linker LONDON: Spanish yields lagged a broad rally in euro zone bonds on Tuesday as investors queued up for a rare sale of inflation-linked debt from the country.Traders said the underperformance was because investors had sold bonds in secondary markets to make room in their portfolios for the new linker, debt soon to be eligible for European Central Bank purchases and inclusion in major bond indices.Interest in the new deal topped 4 billion euros, Thomson Reuters' ...
ECB says it bought 26.3bn euros of bonds in 10 days FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank said Monday it has bought 26.3 billion euros ($28.7 billion) worth of bonds under its controversial quantitative easing programme within the first 10 days.At the same time, ECB President Mario Draghi told a hearing of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in Brussels that the central bank was "on track" to meet its stated goal of a total 60 billion euros in bond purchases per month."On March ...
Spanish yields rise after anti-austerity party big gain in regional vote LONDON: Spanish yields nudged up on Monday after upstart anti-austerity party Podemos made big inroads in regional elections, with a vote split across the political spectrum offering a foretaste of national elections later this year.But the market moves were modest, tempered by the prospect of further purchases by central banks as the European Central Bank's trillion euro quantitative easing scheme enters its third week. Traders and strategists said they had not yet seen the ECB ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyApril
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln