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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 European borrowing costs.Friday's non-farm payrolls are expected to show an increase of 245,000 jobs in March, following a gain of 290,000 in February, according to economists polled by Reuters.But on Wednesday, the ADP National Employment Report showed that U.S. private employers added 189,000 jobs last month, falling well short of economists' expectations for a rise of 225,000 jobs. The figure was the weakest since January 2014."Payrolls data can have quite an impact on Europe," said ...

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 ...
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 ...

 



 
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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