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German 2-year yields hit 6 1/2-month low on ECB easing signals LONDON: German two-year bond yields reached 6 1/2-month lows as euro zone debt rallied on Tuesday, after European Central Bank policymakers strongly hinted monetary easing was imminent.The signals that the ECB is preparing measures to spur the euro zone economy at its monthly policy meeting next week helped lower-rated euro zone debt to consolidate Monday's gains. Fears that a strong Eurosceptic vote in EU elections might destabilise fragile governments are receding.German two-year yields, sensitive to shifts in interest rate expectations, fell to 0.05 percent, their lowest since November 2013. Ten-year Bund yields, the benchmark for euro zone borrowing, were down 3 basis points on the day at 1.33 percent. Other top-rated yields were 3 to 5 bps lower."We've had (ECB President Mario) Draghi prominently on the wire and Nowotny flagging that as soon as next week there will be action coming from the ECB," said David Schnautz, a strategist at ...

Peripheral bonds extend gains on ECB hints, election relief LONDON: Lower-rated euro zone bonds consolidated gains on Tuesday after ECB policymakers hinted again at monetary easing and as fears receded that a strong Eurosceptic vote in EU elections might destabilise fragile governments.While the pace of Monday's post-election rally eased, demand for riskier assets was bolstered by firm hints that the ECB is preparing measures to spur the euro zone economy for its monthly policy meeting next week."Certainly something is going to happen (at the ...
Italian yields fall after Renzi's party triumphs in EU vote LONDON: Italian bond yields slid on Monday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party triumphed in European parliamentary elections, strengthening his mandate to push for economic reforms.The yields were set for their biggest one-day fall since October 2013, with Renzi one of the few leaders across Europe to have scored a victory against Eurosceptic nationalists who stunned mainstream parties in France and Britain on Sunday.Critics of the European Union more than doubled their seats ...
Periphery's bond yields stabilise as ECB outlook comes back in focus LONDON: Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated bonds stabilised on Thursday as expectations the European Central Bank will ease monetary policy overshadowed concerns about EU elections.The focus moved back to the ECB after data showed French business activity contracted in May, after forecasts had called for an expansion. The German private sector's strong performance continued, but it was not enough to cause a sell-off in the bond market.The ECB has already signalled possible monetary easing ...
UK gilt prices extend slump after BoE minutes LONDON: British government bond prices slumped for the fourth straight session on Wednesday after Bank of England minutes showed some policymakers thought the case for raising interest rates was now more finely balanced.After falling sharply last week, the premium 10-year gilts offer over the equivalent German Bund briefly touched a new 15-year record, while gilt yields rose across the range of maturities.The 10-year yield was last up around 4 basis points at 2.643 percent, having ...
Turkish markets firm ahead of central bank rate decision ISTANBUL: Turkish bond and equity markets on Wednesday priced in an outside chance of a cut in key interest rates, the day before a monthly central bank rate-setting meeting where most analysts expect rates to be kept unchanged.All but two economists in a Reuters poll predicted the Turkish central bank would keep its one-week repo rate unchanged at 10 percent. One economist forecast a 25 basis point cut and another predicted a 50 basis point ...
Italian, Spanish yields dip but remain well above record lows LONDON: Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated bonds inched lower on Tuesday, but stayed well above their record lows as investors grew nervous about the outcome of this week's European elections.The main concern was that if anti-austerity, euro-sceptic parties do well, ruling coalitions might change course to regain popular support, reigniting fears about debts and budget deficits.Greece, where the ruling parties have the smallest majority, is seen as the biggest risk. Many investors fear that ...

 



 
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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
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