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Euro zone bond yields rise with Japan seen changing easing tack LONDON: Euro zone bond yields rose sharply on Tuesday, mirroring a rise in Japanese yields as investors fretted about an apparent shift in Tokyo from monetary easing towards fiscal stimulus. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved 13.5 trillion yen ($132 billion) in fiscal measures to boost the world's largest economy, triggering the deepest sell-off in more than three years in Japanese government bonds. Momentum from that move, prompted by concerns the Bank of Japan may slow the pace of its aggressive government bond buying, quickly spread to German 10-year benchmarks, whose yields were on track for their steepest rise since July 12. Yields on most other euro zone debt also rose. The Japanese government will issue several hundred billion yen of 40-year bonds as soon as next month to fund the new stimulus measures, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The BOJ disappointed markets on Friday ...

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German yields bounce to three-week high as ECB sits tight LONDON: German bond yields bounced to a three-week high on Thursday after the European Central Bank said it would wait until September to assess the need for any further easing in the wake of Brexit.ECB chief Mario Draghi said immediate stresses caused to markets from Britain's shock vote to leave the EU last month was contained but that the Bank remained ready to take more actions to lift inflation and growth if needed.Ten-year yields peaked ...

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Four euro zone states to auction bonds next week LONDON: Belgium, Germany, France and Spain are the euro zone countries scheduled to sell bonds next week. Belgium will sell bonds maturing in 2026, 2031, 2038 and 2047 on Monday. Germany on Wednesday is scheduled to sell 5 billion euros of five-year bonds. On Thursday, France will auction up to 8.5 billion euros of medium-term bonds and inflation-linked bonds. Also on Thursday, Spain is set to issue bonds due in 2019, 2021 and 2046. Copyright ...

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German 10-year Bund yield turns negative for first time at auction BERLIN: Germany's 10-year government bond yield turned negative for the first time at an auction on Wednesday, fetching the lowest average real yield at auction on record for such paper at -0.05 percent, the debt office said.The German Finance Agency, the federal government's debt management office, sold 4.038 billion euros ($4.47 billion) of its new 0.00 percent, 10-year Bund at the lowest price of 100.48 with a bid-to-cover ratio of 1.2."It's the first time that ...

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Henderson property fund manager puts London HQ of Coutts bank up for sale LONDON: The manager of fund firm Henderson Global Investors' frozen UK property fund has put the London headquarters of British private bank Coutts up for sale, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The Henderson 3.9 billion pound ($5.13 billion) UK PAIF Property and PAIF Feeder Fund is one of seven UK property funds that have suspended trading in order to control redemptions by retail investors following Britain's vote to leave the European ...

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Italian yields rise as post-Brexit slide in euro zone borrowing costs halts LONDON: Italian government bonds rose on Monday as worries about the country's banks and some 20 billion euros of issuance in the region this week combined to brake a post-Brexit tumble in regional borrowing costs. Italy's banking sector is saddled with 360 billion euros of bad loans, a third of the euro zone total, and recent market turmoil has raised concern it might be hard for Italian lenders to raise capital in the market without ...

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Poland says plans to convert OFE pension funds into mutual funds WARSAW: Poland plans to convert state-guaranteed OFE private pension funds into mutual investment funds that will manage 103 billion zlotys ($26 billion) worth of assets, economy minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday. The remaining 35 billion zlotys now held by the OFE pension funds are to be transferred to the state-run demographic reserve fund, Morawiecki said.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...