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Grexit worries, ECB buying send German yields towards zero LONDON: German 10-year borrowing costs resumed a fall towards zero on Monday with worries about Greece exiting the euro zone increasing demand for top-rated assets and the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme crushing yields. Yields were vanishing across the euro zone. Belgium became the sixth euro zone country to sell five-year bonds at a negative yield after Finland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and France. In secondary markets, German 10-year yields retreated 1 basis point to 0.07 percent, having fallen as low as 0.05 percent on Friday.They have tumbled 8 basis points in the past week. "German government bond yields are inching closer to zero, and may well hit that previously unthinkable mark," said Alan Higgins, UK CIO for Coutts.Strategists said a stalemate between Greece and its international lenders, which threatens to push Athens towards default and could see it exit the currency bloc, had encouraged investors to take refuge in ...

Bund yields hit new record low as QE annihilates supply pressure LONDON: German 10-year Bund yields hit new lows in a broad fall in euro zone borrowing costs on Tuesday as European Central Bank buying helped markets overcome supply pressure in the busiest week of the year in terms of debt sales.The yield fell 2 bps to as low as 0.135 percent.The Netherlands sold 2.5 billion euros in five-year bonds on Tuesday. Italy sold 7.5 billion at an auction of three-, seven- and 15-year debt on ...
Spain sells 4.7bn euros in bonds, yields touch lows MADRID: Spain sold 4.7 billion euros ($5.05 billion) of debt at a triple bond sale on Thursday, with yielding reaching fresh lows including on 30-year paper as the European Central Bank soaks up long-dated debt as part of its purchasing programme. The Treasury sold more than its planned mid-range target of between 4 billion and 5 billion euros.Spain sold 1.6 billion euros of the shorter-dated bond, due Oct. 31 2017, which was 3.0 times subscribed ...
Ukraine sovereign dollar bonds rise to three-week highs LONDON: Ukraine sovereign dollar bonds rallied between 1-1.75 cents on Thursday after a group of creditors said it was working on a proposal that would allow Ukraine to resolve its debt problems without cutting bonds' principal.Ukraine's 2017 issue rose one cent to three-week highs around 43 cents, according to Tradeweb data, while the 2023 bond jumped 1.75 cents to 44.5 cents . Ukraine's bond yield spread over US Treasuries narrowed 66 basis points to 3,709 ...
Greek debt jitters drive German yields close to record lows LONDON: Nervous investors drove safe-haven German Bund yields close to record lows on Wednesday, amid concern over Greece's ability to resolve its debt crisis, a day before it must repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund.Although cash-strapped Greece successfully sold 1.138 billion euros ($1.24 billion) of six-month Treasury bills on Wednesday, doubts remain over its ability to find enough funds to repay all its debts in the coming weeks. Athens must roll over another ...
Euro zone yields dip on first chance to react to weak US payrolls LONDON: Euro zone government bond yields fell on Tuesday after surprisingly weak U.S. jobs data fuelled expectations that loose monetary policies around the world would support asset prices for longer than previously thought.The data, published on Friday when European markets were closed for the Easter holidays, showed U.S. employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, compared with expectations of 245,000.That might push the prospect of a Federal Reserve interest rate increases further down the line, ...
Greece to auction 875mn euros of 6-month T-bills on April 8 ATHENS: Greece will sell 875 million euros ($946 million) of six-month Treasury bills on April 8 to refinance a maturing issue, debt agency PDMA said on Friday, announcing the first of two auctions of short-term paper this month amid a pressing cash crunch. The auction will be a key test of whether the government can find other sources to plug a potential gap of about 350 million euros if foreign investors refuse to roll over ...

 



 
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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%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln