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Spain Treasury to shield retail investors from negative yields MADRID: The Spanish Treasury said on Friday it was taking steps to protect retail investors from the possible negative impact of low interest rates on buying short-term debt by annulling bids in any auctions where yields fall below zero. Spain's bond yields have reached all-time lows in a backdrop of record-low European Central Bank interest rates and an economic recovery, creating a risk that yields on short-term bills could fall below zero, the Treasury said in a statement. On Tuesday, Spain sold nearly 1 billion euros of 6-month T-bills at a yield of 0.08 percent, a fresh low. The new measure will affect auctions during the rest of this year and in January 2015, the Treasury said. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

German Bund yields fall as Russian trucks enter Ukraine LONDON: German Bund yields fell close to their record lows below 1 percent on Friday, after Ukrainian authorities said 90 trucks from a Russian aid convoy had crossed the border without permission. The latest development in the Ukraine crisis that has seen Russia and the West imposing economically damaging sanctions on each other prompted investors to seek refuge in top-rated assets.Ukraine said will not use any force against the Russian convoy, as it wishes to ...
German bond yields edge up after PMIs, US rate rise hints LONDON: German bond yields edged up from record lows on Thursday after a report showed better-than-expected private-sector growth in Europe's largest economy and an increase in U.S. interest rates began to look more likely.Ten-year yields climbed 3 basis points to a day's high of 1.013 percent, coming off lows of 0.952 percent last week. Many strategists said the rise in yields was unlikely to last if tension between Russia and the West keeps markets subdued."What ...
UK 10-year gilts sag after soft demand at auction LONDON: British 10-year government bonds fell to an eight-day low on Thursday after soft demand at an auction of 3.25 billion pounds ($5.39 billion) of September 2024 gilts.The UK Debt Management Office attracted bids worth 1.69 times the volume on offer, the lowest ratio in the five times the gilt has been auctioned since it was launched in March.Ten-year gilt yields rose to 2.462 percent, 4 basis points up on the day. This was their ...
Bund yields rise after promising German PMIs, US Fed hints LONDON: German bond yields edged up on Thursday from record lows after a survey showed better-than-expected private-sector growth in Europe's largest economy and an increase in U.S. interest rates began to look more likely.Ten-year yields climbed 3 basis points to a day's high of 1.013 percent, coming off lows of 0.952 percent last week. Many strategists said the rise in yields was unlikely to last, however, as conflict in Ukraine which has seen Russia and ...
UK gilt yields rise after BoE minutes show votes to hike rates LONDON: British government bond yields rose moderately on Wednesday after minutes from the Bank of England showed two policymakers unexpectedly voted to start raising interest rates this month.Short-dated gilt prices, most sensitive to changes in interest rate expectations, lagged longer-dated bonds.The two-year gilt yield rose around 4 basis points following the minutes to its highest level in a week at 0.764 percent. Five-year gilt yields also rose around the same amount.Short sterling futures fell between ...
Zero-yielding German two-year bonds meet high demand LONDON: German two-year debt yields held close to 15-month lows just below zero on Wednesday, with record low money market rates and expectations of easier ECB monetary policy underpinning demand at an auction of similarly-dated bonds Germany sold over 4 billion euros of a new two-year bond, with demand from investors double that amount despite the average yield and the coupon both being zero. Data last week showing the euro zone ...

 



 
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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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