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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 4 and 6 ticks across the 2015 contracts, indicating financial markets have upped bets for a 2014 rate hike - but only slightly, according to RBS strategist Simon Peck."The front end's come under a little bit of pressure, but not a huge amount in terms of repricing though. A couple of basis points have been added in to expectations for a rate hike by the end of this year," said Peck."Perhaps a bit less of ...

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 ...
German two-year yields negative before debt auction LONDON: German two-year debt yields held close to 15-month lows below zero on Wednesday with record low money market rates and bets for further ECB easing underpinning demand before an auction of up to 5 billion euros of a similar-dated bond.Data last week showing the euro zone economy stagnating in the second quarter even before the sanctions imposed on and by Russia over the conflict in Ukraine cemented expectations of ultra-low European Central Bank interest ...
UK 10-year gilts suffer biggest fall of 2014 on Carney, risk appetite LONDON: Long-dated British government bonds suffered their biggest one-day fall in prices so far in 2014 on Monday after an increase in global investors' risk appetite and remarks by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney on interest rates.Carney told the Sunday Times that the central bank could raise rates even if wages were still rising faster than inflation, which traders viewed as a shift in tone from comments in a news conference in Wednesday.Last week ...
Rating upgrade pushes Irish yields below 2pc LONDON: Irish 10-year bond yields fell to a record low below 2 percent on Monday after Fitch became the second of the three main credit agencies to give the country an A rating for the first time since before its international bailout. Yields on top-rated German Bunds inched higher after Russia said some progress has been achieved during talks with European powers on Sunday on ways to end the military conflict in Ukraine.But they remained ...
Bund yields hug 1 percent on weak euro zone outlook LONDON: German Bund yields held near their record lows around 1 percent on Friday, with investors increasingly betting the ECB will ease monetary policy further to lift a stagnating economy struggling with low inflation. Data showed on Thursday the euro zone economy failed to grow in the second quarter even before the sanctions the West and Russia imposed on each other over the conflict in Ukraine started to bite. Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a ...
Growth scare kicks German 10-year yields below 1 pct for first time LONDON: German 10-year bond yields briefly traded below 1 percent for the first time on Thursday as the euro zone's economic recovery stalled in the second quarter, bolstering bets for fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank.Spanish and French bond yields also plumbed record lows as the bloc's grim growth outlook increased pressure on the ECB to eventually print money to support an economy bracing for the impact of tit-for-tat sanctions between the West and ...


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