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Peripheral euro zone bond rally rides high on supply wave LONDON: A sharp rally in lower-rated euro zone bonds moved into its fourth day on Thursday, with central banks forging ahead with QE purchases and investors hoovering up a trio of new debt sales.Core bonds lagged their peripheral euro zone peers as some investors booked profits after the start of the European Central Bank's 60 billion euro-a-month securities buying programme kicked yields to record lows.Spain, Italy and Ireland sold nearly 13 billion euros combined of new debt at record low yields, helping to ease fears about a scarcity of sovereign bonds as the ECB scheme gains pace.Analysts said the auctions allowed investors to add to their stock of long-dated bonds which are expected to outperform as the ECB's scheme further fuels a hunt for yield."A lot of people are playing the game of buying at the auction, and selling to the ECB later on," said Piet Lammens, a strategist at ...

Bonds firm as Serbia cuts rates, US rate rise key risk BUDAPEST/BELGRADE: Central European government bonds firmed on Thursday after Serbia joined a regional trend of monetary easing although growing expectations that US interest rates will soon rise kept investors on edge.Local currency markets also continued to wobble on fears of a Federal Reserve rate hike that would make regional assets relatively less attractive. However, Europe's emerging east is benefiting from European Central Bank asset buying that is driving yields in the nearby euro zone to ...
Euro zone yields wither as ECB's QE gets off to strong start LONDON: Euro zone bond yields kept falling on Wednesday as the European Central Bank hoovered up government debt across the currency union at a rate matching its trillion-euro commitment over 1-1/2 years.In the first three days of buying by the ECB and the bloc's national central banks - collectively known as the Eurosystem - traders said orders were tiny and frequent, allowing smaller trading desks to chip in some bonds and widening the pool.National central ...
Euro zone bond yields hit new lows as ECB keeps QE tap on LONDON: Yields on the debt of nearly all euro zone countries dropped to record lows on Tuesday, a day after the European Central Bank began buying bonds in an effort to revive inflation and economic growth.Italian, Spanish and Irish yields all reached record lows as peripheral euro zone debt caught up with Monday's rally in core bonds, when Austrian, Dutch, German and Finnish yields fell to record lows.Traders said national central banks from the euro ...
Ukraine dollar bond prices rally across curve LONDON: Ukraine sovereign dollar bond prices rose across the curve on Tuesday to near-three week highs ahead of an IMF meeting on Wednesday, which is widely expected to approve a rescue package for the country. Ukraine's 2017 bond chalked up the biggest gains, adding 2.173 cents to trade at 47.423 cents in the dollar, according to Tradeweb data. The 2022 issue added 0.5 cents to reach 44.750 cents and the 2023 bond rose by 1.757 ...
Euro zone bond yields fall on QE launch, Greece jitters resurface LONDON: Most euro zone government bond yields fell on the first day of the European Central Bank's sovereign debt purchase programme, with only fears about Greece's funding spoiling Monday's launch party.German 10-year bond yields -- the bloc's benchmark -- fell 4 basis points to 0.36 percent, clawing back ground lost on Friday after strong U.S. jobs data raised the chance of an interest rate hike in the world's biggest economy.Other euro zone equivalents opened around ...
Bond yields hit new record lows as ECB purchases near PARIS: Yields on bonds of southern eurozone countries touched record lows in secondary trading Friday, a day before the ECB is slated to begin 60 billion euros ($66 billion) in monthly purchases.The ECB on Thursday announced it would begin on Monday its massive stimulus programme to ward off the threat of deflation, but which will push down investor returns on government debt as competition to buy bonds heats up.In early trading on Friday the rate ...

 



 
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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%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJune 25, 2015
Reserves $17.457 bln