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Bund yields fall for 5th straight quarter amid inflation slump LONDON: German Bund yields fell near record lows on Tuesday, recording a fifth consecutive quarterly fall, a trend that has tracked declines in euro zone inflation.Consumer prices in the currency union dipped 0.1 percent on the year in March, compared with a 0.3 percent drop in February and a 0.6 percent fall in January. The figures suggest inflation has bottomed out and could start rising again soon.The European Central Bank launched a 1 trillion euro asset buying programme this month to revive inflation. That gave government borrowing costs an extra kick lower, and financial markets still expect inflation to remain below the ECB's target of just below 2 percent for the foreseeable future.The most closely watched measure of the market's inflation expectations - the five-year, five-year forward breakeven rate measuring where markets expect 2025 inflation forecasts to be in 2020 - stood just above 1.60 percent."The longer-term outlook remains subdued, ...

Bund yields flat, set for 5th quarterly fall amid inflation slump  LONDON: German Bund yields were little changed at low levels on Tuesday, in line for a fifth consecutive quarterly fall, a trend that has closely tracked declines in euro zone inflation.Consumer prices in the currency union dipped 0.1 percent on the year in March, compared with a 0.3 percent drop in February and a 0.6 percent fall in January. The figures suggest inflation has bottomed out and could start rising again soon.But long-term price growth ...
Greek yields edge up as lenders scrutinise reform pledge LONDON: Greek bond yields edged up on Monday as investors cautiously waited to see whether Athens would come up with a list of reforms sufficient to unlock much-needed bailout cash.While Greece sounded an upbeat tone on talks through the weekend, creditors said the list submitted by Athens on Friday was more a collection of ideas that something that could be presented to the Eurogroup.Sources told Reuters it could take several more days before a proper ...
Portuguese yields fall on credit rating upgrade hopes LONDON: Portuguese bond yields fell on Friday on expectations that credit rating agency Fitch will lift the country back to investment grade after it successfully exited its international bailout last year. Fitch will decide after the market closes whether to upgrade Portugal from its current rating of BB+, the highest sub-investment grade category. Portuguese bonds outperformed most euro zone peers, with analysts saying investors were already positioning for a positive outcome given the economy's continuing ...
German yields waver as investors balance Saudi scare with oil surge LONDON: Investors took refuge in German bonds on Thursday after Saudi Arabia launched air strikes in Yemen but analysts said a further fall in yields was capped by the prospect of an inflation-boosting oil price rise.Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge.Yemen's slide towards civil war has made it ...
Gilt yields soar as markets rethink BoE rate hike bets LONDON: British government bond yields surged on Thursday as upbeat economic data and comments from Bank of England policymakers prompted investors to bring forward their bets on when the central bank is likely to start raising interest rates.Five-year British government bond yields rose by the largest margin in almost seven weeks.The benchmark five-year gilt yield, which is particularly sensitive to changes in policy rate expectations over the medium term, jumped 9 basis points to 1.21 ...
German yields fall as investors see persistently low US inflation LONDON: German bond yields fell on Wednesday as core government debt was buoyed by investors betting that continued low U.S. inflation might deter the Federal Reserve from hiking rates until later this year.There was little market reaction to a closely watched survey on German business sentiment that provided further signs the euro zone's largest economy could be gaining momentum.German 10-year yields, the benchmark for euro zone borrowing costs, were down 2 basis points at 0.22 ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln