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Spain yields extend rise as wealthy Catalonia watches Scotland LONDON: Spanish bond yields rose sharply for a third consecutive day on Wednesday as investors worried that the push for independence in Scotland might encourage a similar move in Catalonia, with potentially dire consequences for Madrid.Traders cited an unverified online poll conducted by an independent blogger that gave the "Yes" camp 53.9 percent support before the Sept. 18 referendum. http://barker.co.uk/scotlandpollPrevious surveys from recognised polling institutes showed the pro-independence voters running neck-and-neck with those who want the country to remain within the United Kingdom.Spain's wealthy Catalonia region is planning a vote of its own in November, with the regional parliament expected to pass a law calling the referendum later this month. Madrid is expected to challenge that move in the constitutional court.Artur Mas, the leader of the northeastern region of 7 million people, told Reuters in an interview he is seeking a legal formula for a non-binding vote, although Prime Minister ...

UK 30-year gilt yield hits 4-week high on Scotland polls, Carney comments LONDON: British 30-year government bond yields hit their highest level in almost a month on Wednesday, driven higher by more speculation about the prospect of Scottish independence and the possibility of interest rate hikes early next year.The 30-year gilt yield peaked at 3.197 percent, its highest level since Aug. 13, shortly after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney repeated to lawmakers that the point at which interest rates will need to rise had moved closer.At ...
Ten-year Bund yields back above 1 percent before German debt sale LONDON: Ten-year Bund yields rose above 1 percent on Wednesday before an auction of new benchmark German debt expected to lure investors back into the market after a sell-off triggered by fears of faster US interest rate hikes.A study by the San Francisco Federal Reserve released this week showed investors underestimated the speed at which the US central bank may hike interest rates, triggering a rise in yields on both sides of the Atlantic.But the ...
Spanish yields extend rise as restive Catalonia watches Scotland LONDON: Spanish bond yields rose sharply for a third consecutive day on Wednesday as investors worried that the push for independence in Scotland may inspire a similar move in Catalonia, with potentially dire consequences for Madrid.Traders cited an unverified online poll conducted by an independent blogger that gave the "Yes" camp 53.9 percent support before the Sept. 18 referendum. Previous surveys from recognised polling institutes showed the pro-independence voters running neck-and-neck with those who want ...
Spanish yields jump on fears Scotland vote may inspire Catalonia LONDON: Spanish bond yields spiked on Tuesday on investor worries that a strong showing for secessionists in Scotland's independence vote could strengthen other separatist bids in Europe such as that in Spain's wealthy Catalonia region.Pro-independence voters in Scotland are neck-and-neck with those who want the country to remain part of the United Kingdom ahead of a referendum on Sept. 18.Investors see Spain as vulnerable, with Catalonia planning a referendum of its own in November - ...
UK gilt yield curve steepens sharply on Scotland vote risk LONDON: Long-dated British government bond prices tumbled on Monday after supporters of Scottish independence from Britain took their first opinion poll lead less than two weeks before a referendum.The yield curve steepened sharply and sterling fell to a near 10-month low against the dollar following the YouGov survey, which put the "Yes" vote on 51 percent against the "no" camp on 49 percent.Scots head to the voting booths next Thursday.Marc Ostwald, strategist at ADM Investor ...
Peripheral yields fall, ‘turbo-charged’ by ECB rate cuts LONDON: Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated debt fell on Friday as the European Central Bank's rate cuts and openness to a large-scale bond-buying programme pushed investors towards riskier assets in a quest to maximise returns. An expected ceasefire between Ukraine government forces and pro-Moscow separatists prevented sharp yield falls in top-rated German Bunds, a traditional hedge against geopolitical concerns. The ECB cut its main refinancing rate to 0.05 percent, raised the penalty for banks ...

 



 
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