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Bulgaria sells 3.1bn euros in largest ever bond sale SOFIA/LONDON: Bulgaria sold 3.1 billion euros its biggest ever debt sale on Thursday, becoming the latest emerging market to tap strong demand for euro-denominated debt stemming from the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme. Sofia priced three separate government bonds at the tight end of price guidance. It sold 1.25 billion euros of seven-year paper at a yield of 2.18 percent, 1 billion euros of a 12-year offering at 2.73 percent and a 850-million euros in 20-year bonds at 3.26 percent, Reuters news and information service IFR reported. It was the first sale in the government's planned 8 billion euro mid-term debt programme, needed to repay maturing debt and finance the country's expected fiscal shortfalls in the next three years. Demand was also strong as investors shrugged off a recent downgrade of Bulgaria's credit rating to junk by Standard & Poor's which following a banking crisis. "Bulgaria's decision to come ...

German yields hit lows after cautious Fed, Greek markets spiral LONDON: German bond yields fell to record lows on Thursday after the United States signalled it was in no rush to push up interest rates, while borrowing costs in Athens spiralled ahead of debt talks with its creditors.Hints that the world's largest economy may hold off tightening monetary policy brought relief across other euro zone markets, even with deposits flowing out of Greek banks and its government expected to run out of cash by the ...
German yields dip before debt sale seen feeding QE-inspired demand LONDON: German yields slipped on Wednesday before a sale of 10-year Bunds that is expected to draw strong demand in a market starting to fret about bonds getting scarce as ECB asset purchases begin.A rebound in 10-year yields from last week's record lows is also expected to draw some investors into the euro zone's most liquid market, to position themselves for a quick profit from bonds bought in primary markets.Analysts said data on Monday showed ...
Ten-year gilt yields fall to 5-week low before UK Budget LONDON: Yields on 10-year British government bonds fell to their lowest in more than a month on Wednesday after the release of weak wage growth data and ahead of finance minister George Osborne's final pre-election budget.Minutes from the Bank of England also caused markets to nudge back their expectations of when interest rates will start to rise, after the central bank said sterling could strengthen further on a trade-weighted basis, causing inflation to undershoot its ...
Euro zone yields edge up as investors ponder Fed rate path LONDON: Euro zone bond yields hovered above recent lows on Tuesday as sagging oil prices and weak U.S. economic data left investors wondering whether the Federal Reserve would firm its position on the timing of a future rate hike.With the Fed due to begin its two-day policy meeting later on Tuesday, investors are waiting to see whether it will drop the word "patient" from its statement on the timing of a hike.Any move by the ...
Euro zone yields edge up as investors try to sync with ECB pace LONDON: Euro zone government bond yields edged higher on Monday, with the European Central Bank expected to slow down its asset purchases after a strong start to its trillion euro programme last week.After buying 10 billion euros worth in the first three days of the programme, according to ECB policymaker Benoit Coeure, it was well on track to reaching its target of buying 60 billion euros of mostly government debt a month.That led to expectations ...
Peripheral euro zone bond rally rides high on supply wave LONDON: A sharp rally in lower-rated euro zone bonds moved into its fourth day on Thursday, with central banks forging ahead with QE purchases and investors hoovering up a trio of new debt sales.Core bonds lagged their peripheral euro zone peers as some investors booked profits after the start of the European Central Bank's 60 billion euro-a-month securities buying programme kicked yields to record lows.Spain, Italy and Ireland sold nearly 13 billion euros combined of ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln