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Long-dated gilt prices recover after auction, latest Scotland poll  LONDON: Long-dated British government bond prices rose on Thursday, helped by a strongly-bid auction of a 30-year gilt and a poll suggesting most Scots intend to vote to stay in the United Kingdom.Benchmark 20- and 30-year gilt prices made their first daily gain this week after three days of heavy losses sparked by opinion polls suggesting the Sept. 18 referendum on Scottish independence was too close to call.Late on Wednesday after markets had closed, a new poll showed a small lead for the campaign against independence, helping long-dated gilts pare some of the losses made earlier this week."There's been reasonable buying at the long end of the gilt curve, following the shifting sands in the Scottish independence polling story," said Mark Capleton, gilts strategist at Bank of America Merril Lynch.The benchmark 30-year gilt yield was fell around 2 basis points on the day to 3.17 percent, not far off a ...

Spanish yields resume move higher on Scottish/Catalan worries LONDON: Spanish bond yields inched up on Thursday as nervous investors continued to trim holdings before a Scottish independence vote on Sept. 18, where a victory for nationalists would fuel demands by Catalonia to break away from Spain.Yields had eased earlier after a survey showed late on Wednesday that 53 percent of Scots intend to vote against splitting from the United Kingdom. But relief over the poll, which showed 47 percent planning to vote for ...
Italy pays record low yields at bond sale after ECB rate cut MILAN: Italy paid record-low yields to sell three-, seven- and 15-year bonds on Thursday at the first auction held after a surprise interest rate cut by the European Central Bank last week.The Treasury raised 6.96 billion euros ($9 billion) over three bonds, at the top of its planned issue range, as analysts said the ECB's expansionary stance supports demand for higher-yielding debt from weaker euro zone issuers.Italy sold a three-year bond due in May 2017 ...
Spain yields extend rise as wealthy Catalonia watches Scotland LONDON: Spanish bond yields rose sharply for a third consecutive day on Wednesday as investors worried that the push for independence in Scotland might encourage a similar move in Catalonia, with potentially dire consequences for Madrid.Traders cited an unverified online poll conducted by an independent blogger that gave the "Yes" camp 53.9 percent support before the Sept. 18 referendum. http://barker.co.uk/scotlandpollPrevious surveys from recognised polling institutes showed the pro-independence voters running neck-and-neck with those who want ...
UK 30-year gilt yield hits 4-week high on Scotland polls, Carney comments LONDON: British 30-year government bond yields hit their highest level in almost a month on Wednesday, driven higher by more speculation about the prospect of Scottish independence and the possibility of interest rate hikes early next year.The 30-year gilt yield peaked at 3.197 percent, its highest level since Aug. 13, shortly after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney repeated to lawmakers that the point at which interest rates will need to rise had moved closer.At ...
Ten-year Bund yields back above 1 percent before German debt sale LONDON: Ten-year Bund yields rose above 1 percent on Wednesday before an auction of new benchmark German debt expected to lure investors back into the market after a sell-off triggered by fears of faster US interest rate hikes.A study by the San Francisco Federal Reserve released this week showed investors underestimated the speed at which the US central bank may hike interest rates, triggering a rise in yields on both sides of the Atlantic.But the ...
Spanish yields extend rise as restive Catalonia watches Scotland LONDON: Spanish bond yields rose sharply for a third consecutive day on Wednesday as investors worried that the push for independence in Scotland may inspire a similar move in Catalonia, with potentially dire consequences for Madrid.Traders cited an unverified online poll conducted by an independent blogger that gave the "Yes" camp 53.9 percent support before the Sept. 18 referendum. Previous surveys from recognised polling institutes showed the pro-independence voters running neck-and-neck with those who want ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln