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UK long-dated gilt yields track Treasuries to highest since Jan 5 LONDON: British long-dated government bond yields rose to their highest level since Jan. 5 on Tuesday as U.S. Treasury yields climbed on growing expectations that the Federal Reserve could flag a possible interest rate increase as early as June.Ten-year gilt yields rose as much as 7 basis points on the day to peak at 1.759 percent, a level last seen on Jan. 5, and 20- and 30-year yields also set similar records at 2.316 percent and 2.491 percent .The spread of 10-year gilts over Bunds hit a three-month high of 138.7 basis points, reflecting the growing divergence in the expected paths of monetary policy for the Bank of England and the European Central Bank.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Greek markets slip but don't panic after debt talks collapse LONDON: Greek financial markets slipped but kept their composure on Tuesday after debt talks with the euro zone broke down, on expectations that Athens and its European partners would eventually agree a compromise.Greek government bond yields rose as much as 80 basis points and stocks fell 1 percent -- limited moves by the standards of Greece's illiquid markets. Both remained well off the extremes touched last week. The reaction to Greece's rejection to a proposal ...
Greek bond yields dip, stocks rise as ECB extends bank funding LONDON: Greek bond yields hit a session low and shares extended gains on Thursday after the ECB approved more emergency funding to Greek banks, buoying demand from investors already betting on a positive outcome to debt deal talks. Even though Athens' leftist government failed to come to an agreement with its international creditors overnight, a copy of draft proposals spoke of "extending" its bailout agreement as a "bridge" to a new package. Finance ministers in ...
Gilt yields jump briefly as BoE says rate hike most likely next move LONDON: Gilt yields briefly touched their highest level in five weeks on Thursday and sharply underperformed German debt after the Bank of England said an interest rate hike was its most likely next monetary policy move.The BoE said it expects Britain's economy to enjoy its fastest growth since 2006 this year, helped by lower oil prices.It also said inflation would rebound after recent falling prices to hit the Bank's 2 percent target in about two ...
Portugal sells 1.25bn euros in 10-year bond at record low yield LISBON: Portugal sold all 1.25 billion euros in 10-year bonds on offer on Wednesday at a record low yield for a debt auction even as secondary market yields have risen in the past week on concerns that Greece could leave the euro.The allotment yield on the Oct. 2025 bond fell to 2.5062 percent from 3.177 percent paid in the previous regular auction in November, the state debt agency IGCP said. It was also lower than ...
Spain's BBVA to issue 1.5bn euros in contingent convertible bonds MADRID: Spanish bank BBVA is to strengthen its capital base through issuing contingent convertible bonds worth 1.5 billion euros ($1.70 billion). In a statement to the stock market regulator on Tuesday, BBVA said the issue would be offered only to foreign private banks and qualified investors. The bank would ask the bonds, convertible to shares which would trade on the Irish stock exchange, to count as part of its Tier 1 capital ratio, BBVA said ...
Long-dated gilts reach one-month low on Greek hopes, looming supply LONDON: Long-dated British government bond prices fell to their lowest in a month on Tuesday, following German Bunds and U.S. Treasuries down on renewed hopes of a deal between Greece and the European Union.Very long-dated gilt prices suffered especially big declines before an auction on Wednesday of 30-year bonds. Short-dated debt was little changed in price.Major government debt prices tumbled and European shares gained with the euro following media reports of a possible agreement between ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln