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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 fresh record lows.The region's most liquid currency, the zloty initially firmed against the euro, but by 1313 GMT it had eased to 4.138, weaker by a third of a percent from Wednesday.The forint and the Czech crown gave up all of their early gains, but the leu stayed firmer by 0.2 percent, at 4.438 versus the euro.Serbia's dinar was bid at 120.19 against the euro, firmer from early levels at 120.60, even after the central ...

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 ...
ECB will ‘gradually’ lend back government bonds it buys LONDON: The European Central Bank will "gradually" start lending out euro zone government bonds it buys in its 1 trillion-euro ($1.10 trillion) purchase programme, the ECB said on Thursday.The move is intended to prevent those lending markets that use the bonds as collateral from drying up when the ECB begins its 60 billion-euro-a-month stimulus plan.It means that banks or funds that sell the ECB their bonds could in theory rent them back if they need ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln