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UK gilt yields hit 11-day high after weak auction LONDON: British government bond prices fell after weak demand at the sale of 3.25 billion pounds ($4.95 billion) of 10-year gilts on Tuesday, pushing 10-year yields to their highest since May 22.The UK Debt Management Office said investors bid for 1.19 times the 3.25 billion pounds of 2 percent 2025 gilts available, matching similarly weak demand at a sale on April 8, which showed the lowest investor appetite since March 2009.Gilt futures fell to a session low and 10-year gilt yields rose more than 8 basis points on the day to peak at 1.937 percent at 0951 GMT.Ten-year gilts' yield spread over Bunds widened by around 3 basis points after the auction result was published to touch 133 basis points.Before the sale, Citi gilts strategist Jamie Searle had written in a note to clients that the auction had "clear negatives" as the gilt was expensive compared to others, though he ...

Ten-year gilt yields hit 20-day low after soft GDP data LONDON: British government bonds rallied strongly on Thursday, taking 10-year yields to their lowest in nearly three weeks, following the release of first-quarter gross domestic product data which undershot economists' expectations.The Office for National Statistics confirmed an earlier reading of 0.3 percent growth in the first quarter -- half the fourth quarter rate -- wrong-footing economists who had been forecasting a small upward revision.Ten-year gilt yields hit 1.814 percent at 1053 GMT, their lowest since ...
German bond yields on track for first weekly fall in five weeks LONDON: German bond yields headed for their first weekly fall in five weeks on Friday as the market focused again on central banks' continued use of heavy stimulus, which is helping to bring stability after weeks of violent price swings.The first fall in German business morale in seven months, albeit a shallower dip than forecast, supported demand for government bonds. Greece was the exception in the European bond market, as its yields rose after the ...
Euro bond yields rise as supply glut tests fragile market LONDON: Euro zone bond yields rose on Thursday as investors shaken by the market's recent selloff struggled to absorb more than 15 billion euros of new bonds from France and Spain.Before the debt sales, yields were falling after Federal Reserve minutes showed late on Wednesday the U.S. central bank was in no hurry to raise interest rates. Focus then shifted to the European Central Bank's plan to accelerate asset purchases in May and June.France sold ...
German Bund yields near 2015 highs as sell-off rumbles on LONDON: Benchmark German 10-year Bund yields held near 2015 highs on Thursday as a global retreat from fixed income assets rumbled on despite macroeconomic data that would normally be supportive for bond markets.Yields on U.S. Treasuries rose in early trades even though U.S. retail sales figures on Wednesday disappointed those expecting an economic rebound from a weather-weakened first quarter. A weaker outlook usually pushes investors towards the perceived safety of bonds.The spring back in yields ...
UK gilts prices rise, market unswayed by BoE outlook LONDON: British government bond prices recovered on Wednesday, tracking German Bunds higher and reacting little to new forecasts from the Bank of England that backed market expectations for when it will start to raise interest rates. The BoE cut its forecasts for British economic growth over the next three years, knocking sterling from almost seven-year highs against the dollar and extending already hefty gains in gilt prices.Gilt prices rose after the BoE's quarterly inflation report, ...
Greece raises 1.138bn amid default fears: debt agency ATHENS: Greece on Wednesday raised 1.14 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in three-month treasury bills in a bid to stave off a damaging default that could be weeks away, the debt management agency said. The agency said it had accepted nearly the entire amount of 1.138 billion euros offered by creditors, paying a steady interest rate of 2.7 percent.Four months of deadlock between Greece's new radical Syriza-led government and its EU-IMF creditors over the reforms needed ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln