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ECB says it bought 26.3bn euros of bonds in 10 days FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank said Monday it has bought 26.3 billion euros ($28.7 billion) worth of bonds under its controversial quantitative easing programme within the first 10 days.At the same time, ECB President Mario Draghi told a hearing of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in Brussels that the central bank was "on track" to meet its stated goal of a total 60 billion euros in bond purchases per month."On March 9, we started purchasing public-sector securities as part of our expanded asset purchase programme," Draghi told the regular hearing, transmitted live online. According to data released on the ECB's website, the QE purchases totalled 26.3 billion euros as of last Wednesday, March 18."Overall, our asset purchases will amount to 60 billion euros per month. The pace of purchases so far puts the overall programme on track to reach a total of 60 billion euros in ...

Spanish yields rise after anti-austerity party big gain in regional vote LONDON: Spanish yields nudged up on Monday after upstart anti-austerity party Podemos made big inroads in regional elections, with a vote split across the political spectrum offering a foretaste of national elections later this year.But the market moves were modest, tempered by the prospect of further purchases by central banks as the European Central Bank's trillion euro quantitative easing scheme enters its third week. Traders and strategists said they had not yet seen the ECB ...
German yields hit lows after cautious Fed, Greek markets on ropes LONDON: German bond yields fell to record lows on Thursday after the United States signalled it was in no rush to push up interest rates, while borrowing costs in Athens spiralled ahead of debt talks with its creditors. Hints that the world's largest economy may hold off tightening monetary policy brought relief across other euro zone markets, even with deposits flowing out of Greek banks and its government expected to run out of cash by ...
Bulgaria sells 3.1bn euros in largest ever bond sale SOFIA/LONDON: Bulgaria sold 3.1 billion euros its biggest ever debt sale on Thursday, becoming the latest emerging market to tap strong demand for euro-denominated debt stemming from the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme. Sofia priced three separate government bonds at the tight end of price guidance. It sold 1.25 billion euros of seven-year paper at a yield of 2.18 percent, 1 billion euros of a 12-year offering at 2.73 percent and a 850-million euros ...
German yields hit lows after cautious Fed, Greek markets spiral LONDON: German bond yields fell to record lows on Thursday after the United States signalled it was in no rush to push up interest rates, while borrowing costs in Athens spiralled ahead of debt talks with its creditors.Hints that the world's largest economy may hold off tightening monetary policy brought relief across other euro zone markets, even with deposits flowing out of Greek banks and its government expected to run out of cash by the ...
German yields dip before debt sale seen feeding QE-inspired demand LONDON: German yields slipped on Wednesday before a sale of 10-year Bunds that is expected to draw strong demand in a market starting to fret about bonds getting scarce as ECB asset purchases begin.A rebound in 10-year yields from last week's record lows is also expected to draw some investors into the euro zone's most liquid market, to position themselves for a quick profit from bonds bought in primary markets.Analysts said data on Monday showed ...
Ten-year gilt yields fall to 5-week low before UK Budget LONDON: Yields on 10-year British government bonds fell to their lowest in more than a month on Wednesday after the release of weak wage growth data and ahead of finance minister George Osborne's final pre-election budget.Minutes from the Bank of England also caused markets to nudge back their expectations of when interest rates will start to rise, after the central bank said sterling could strengthen further on a trade-weighted basis, causing inflation to undershoot its ...

 



 
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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%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln