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UK gilt yield curve steepens sharply on Scotland vote risk LONDON: Long-dated British government bond prices tumbled on Monday after supporters of Scottish independence from Britain took their first opinion poll lead less than two weeks before a referendum.The yield curve steepened sharply and sterling fell to a near 10-month low against the dollar following the YouGov survey, which put the "Yes" vote on 51 percent against the "no" camp on 49 percent.Scots head to the voting booths next Thursday.Marc Ostwald, strategist at ADM Investor Services, said the risk that Scotland might become independent had largely been overlooked in the market - until now."All those things that had been ignored, as we had the rose-tinted glasses and interest rate differentials, have suddenly come to order," said Ostwald."The UK is not what everyone said it was on the tin just a month ago. The natural inclination is to steepen the curve - and that's not because people are worried about what ...

Peripheral yields fall, ‘turbo-charged’ by ECB rate cuts LONDON: Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated debt fell on Friday as the European Central Bank's rate cuts and openness to a large-scale bond-buying programme pushed investors towards riskier assets in a quest to maximise returns. An expected ceasefire between Ukraine government forces and pro-Moscow separatists prevented sharp yield falls in top-rated German Bunds, a traditional hedge against geopolitical concerns. The ECB cut its main refinancing rate to 0.05 percent, raised the penalty for banks ...
Spain sells 3bn euros in bonds, yields drop to record lows MADRID: Spain sold 3 billion euros (3.94 billion US dollar) of debt at a double bond auction on Thursday, at the top end of its target range and at record low yields on both maturities. The government had aimed to sell between 2 billion and 3 billion euros of the two bonds. The Treasury sold 2.3 billion euros of a bond due Oct. 31, 2024, at an average yield of 2.272 percent, down from 2.686 ...
Polish long yields plumb record lows on dovish rate outlook BUDAPEST: Poland's government bond yields plumbed new record lows in early trade on Thursday as the slowing Central European recovery fuelled expectations of more monetary easing in the region's biggest economy.After the central bank held its benchmark interest rate at 2.5 percent on Wednesday, in line with consensus forecasts, Governor Marek Belka said interest rate cuts were very likely.Some dealers and investors had predicted a cut of 25 or even 50 basis points as soon ...
UK gilts slide to one-week low on Ukraine ceasefire hopes LONDON: British government bond prices sank to their lowest level in just over a week on Wednesday, during volatile trade driven by changing expectations of whether a further escalation of the Ukraine crisis could be averted.Gilts tracked German Bunds and U.S. Treasuries lower, as world markets jumped after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said a ceasefire had been reached with Russia.While strong British business survey data helped to boost sterling and pushed the FTSE 100 to ...
Euro zone bond yields rebound as US data, ECB meeting eyed LONDON: Euro zone government bond yields rose on Tuesday as investors booked profits from the market's rally, though the moves were expected to remain modest before an ECB meeting this week that could see the bank ease monetary policy.Investors were also pushing for cheaper prices before a slew of debt sales this week and U.S. economic reports, which many expect will show the recovery in the world's biggest economy remains on track, in contrast to ...
Periphery bond yields slip as weak PMIs back case for ECB easing LONDON: Low-rated euro zone bond yields mostly dipped on Monday as data showing tepid growth in manufacturing fuelled speculation that the ECB would increase support for the bloc's faltering economy at its meeting on Thursday.Policymakers and national leaders joined calls over the weekend for ECB president Mario Draghi to ease policy further, although many think Draghi will favour words rather than action this week as he waits for existing measures to take effect.Concerns about the ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln