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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 their T-bill exposure. Shut out of debt markets and with aid from official creditors frozen, Athens is scrambling to cope with April payments, including 2.4 billion euros of maturing T-bills and a 450 million-euro outlay to the International Monetary Fund next week. Issuing T-bills is the only source of commercial borrowing for the country's leftist-led coalition government which has already hit a 15 billion euro cap on such issues set by its EU/IMF lenders. A ...

Pre-payrolls caution keeps euro zone yields off lows LONDON: Euro zone bond yields held just above record lows on Thursday, with investors reluctant to bet on a further drop before key U.S. jobs data and a long holiday weekend in Europe, where Greece's financing woes have yet to be sorted out.The strength of the U.S. jobs market will determine whether the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates in coming months - a move that might slow or even slightly reverse the falling trend in ...
German yields pinned near lows as analysts predict high auction demand LONDON: German bond yields held near record lows on Wednesday with analysts predicting high demand for the sale of new debt eligible for the European Central Bank's purchase programme.Limits imposed by the ECB on its quantitative easing scheme have shrunk the number of German bonds it is able to buy, while the country's commitment not to add to its overall debt stock this year has also stoked fears of bond scarcity.A combination of these factors ...
Bund yields fall for 5th straight quarter amid inflation slump LONDON: German Bund yields fell near record lows on Tuesday, recording a fifth consecutive quarterly fall, a trend that has tracked declines in euro zone inflation.Consumer prices in the currency union dipped 0.1 percent on the year in March, compared with a 0.3 percent drop in February and a 0.6 percent fall in January. The figures suggest inflation has bottomed out and could start rising again soon.The European Central Bank launched a 1 trillion euro ...
Bund yields flat, set for 5th quarterly fall amid inflation slump  LONDON: German Bund yields were little changed at low levels on Tuesday, in line for a fifth consecutive quarterly fall, a trend that has closely tracked declines in euro zone inflation.Consumer prices in the currency union dipped 0.1 percent on the year in March, compared with a 0.3 percent drop in February and a 0.6 percent fall in January. The figures suggest inflation has bottomed out and could start rising again soon.But long-term price growth ...
Greek yields edge up as lenders scrutinise reform pledge LONDON: Greek bond yields edged up on Monday as investors cautiously waited to see whether Athens would come up with a list of reforms sufficient to unlock much-needed bailout cash.While Greece sounded an upbeat tone on talks through the weekend, creditors said the list submitted by Athens on Friday was more a collection of ideas that something that could be presented to the Eurogroup.Sources told Reuters it could take several more days before a proper ...
Portuguese yields fall on credit rating upgrade hopes LONDON: Portuguese bond yields fell on Friday on expectations that credit rating agency Fitch will lift the country back to investment grade after it successfully exited its international bailout last year. Fitch will decide after the market closes whether to upgrade Portugal from its current rating of BB+, the highest sub-investment grade category. Portuguese bonds outperformed most euro zone peers, with analysts saying investors were already positioning for a positive outcome given the economy's continuing ...

 



 
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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%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln