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Euro zone bond yields dive as Draghi comments feed QE speculation LONDON: Yields on most euro zone government bonds hit record lows on Monday as speculation grew that the European Central Bank was preparing a big programme of asset purchases to counter wilting inflation.Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and others saw their yields hit all-time lows. Greek yields fell sharply but remained above this year's troughs as a senior source told Reuters that Athens had near-term plans to sell debt.In stronger language than he has used in the past, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Friday at an annual meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that the ECB was prepared to respond with all its "available" tools should inflation drop further.This increased speculation the ECB could embark on a large-scale asset-buying scheme known as quantitative easing, or QE, to pump cash into the financial system and revive inflation."For sure Draghi sounded a little bit more open ...

Greece to reopen 3-, 5 year bond issues in coming weeks ATHENS: Greece plans to reopen its recent three- and five-year bond issues in the next two weeks to top them up by up to 1.5 billion euros ($1.97 billion), accepting T-bills as payment instead of cash, a senior government source told Reuters on Monday. "There is a plan to reopen these issues in the next couple of weeks. Payment will be in outstanding T-bills instead of cash," the government official said on condition of anonymity. ...
Spain Treasury to shield retail investors from negative yields MADRID: The Spanish Treasury said on Friday it was taking steps to protect retail investors from the possible negative impact of low interest rates on buying short-term debt by annulling bids in any auctions where yields fall below zero. Spain's bond yields have reached all-time lows in a backdrop of record-low European Central Bank interest rates and an economic recovery, creating a risk that yields on short-term bills could fall below zero, the Treasury said ...
German Bund yields fall as Russian trucks enter Ukraine LONDON: German Bund yields fell close to their record lows below 1 percent on Friday, after Ukrainian authorities said 90 trucks from a Russian aid convoy had crossed the border without permission. The latest development in the Ukraine crisis that has seen Russia and the West imposing economically damaging sanctions on each other prompted investors to seek refuge in top-rated assets.Ukraine said will not use any force against the Russian convoy, as it wishes to ...
German bond yields edge up after PMIs, US rate rise hints LONDON: German bond yields edged up from record lows on Thursday after a report showed better-than-expected private-sector growth in Europe's largest economy and an increase in U.S. interest rates began to look more likely.Ten-year yields climbed 3 basis points to a day's high of 1.013 percent, coming off lows of 0.952 percent last week. Many strategists said the rise in yields was unlikely to last if tension between Russia and the West keeps markets subdued."What ...
UK 10-year gilts sag after soft demand at auction LONDON: British 10-year government bonds fell to an eight-day low on Thursday after soft demand at an auction of 3.25 billion pounds ($5.39 billion) of September 2024 gilts.The UK Debt Management Office attracted bids worth 1.69 times the volume on offer, the lowest ratio in the five times the gilt has been auctioned since it was launched in March.Ten-year gilt yields rose to 2.462 percent, 4 basis points up on the day. This was their ...
Bund yields rise after promising German PMIs, US Fed hints LONDON: German bond yields edged up on Thursday from record lows after a survey showed better-than-expected private-sector growth in Europe's largest economy and an increase in U.S. interest rates began to look more likely.Ten-year yields climbed 3 basis points to a day's high of 1.013 percent, coming off lows of 0.952 percent last week. Many strategists said the rise in yields was unlikely to last, however, as conflict in Ukraine which has seen Russia and ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 25, 2014
Reserves $13.925 bln