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Short-dated gilts surge as Fed prompts UK rate hike rethink LONDON: Short and medium-term British government bond prices rose on Thursday as expectations that British interest rates will rise early next year were scaled back following dovish minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve and a downbeat business survey.Bond prices rose globally after the minutes showed Fed policymakers were worried about the global economy and the strength of the dollar.Coupled with a British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) business survey that warned of a "first alarm bell" for Britain's rapid recovery, gilt yields fell heavily - particularly across the two to 10-year maturities.Short sterling <0#FSS:> futures rose strongly across 2015 contracts and further out, suggesting the markets had pushed out expectations for British interest rate rises in the future."The more you push the Fed timeline (for future interest rate hikes) out, the more you push the Bank of England timeline out," said Marc Ostwald, strategist at ADM Investor Services.Asked where the market ...

Euro zone yields hit new lows after Fed signals no change for now LONDON: Yields on Spanish and a clutch of top-rated euro zone bonds hit record lows on Thursday, after the minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting suggested it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.Analysts said the minutes of the mid-September meeting, released on Wednesday, indicated concern about a slowing global economy and the dollar's strength would keep Fed policy accommodative for now.Global equities and U.S. Treasuries rallied with yields on shorter-dated ...
Spanish yields hit record low as Fed rate hike bets pushed back LONDON: Spanish and French bond yields hit record lows in a broad-based euro zone debt rally on Thursday after the minutes of the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting suggested it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. Analysts said the minutes of the Fed's mid-September meeting released on Wednesday indicated concerns about downside risks to the global economy and the dollar's strength would keep the Fed's policy stance accommodative in the near future. ...
German bond yields dip amid growth fears, equity weakness LONDON: German bond yields dipped towards record lows on Wednesday as concerns over global growth spurred demand for safe-haven debt.The euro zone's largest economy was at the centre of jitters about the region after poor industrial data this week and warnings from the IMF about a slower-than-expected recovery in domestic demand.The German data has overshadowed worries that the United States will start to raise interest rates soon, which would push German bond yields higher, and ...
Portugal sells 1 bln euros in 2020 bonds LISBON: Portugal sold 1 billion euros of bonds due 2020 on Wednesday at the lowest yield ever of that maturity, the IGCP debt agency said. The amount issued was at the top of the IGCP's indicative amount of 750 million euros to 1 billion euros. The IGCP placed the bond at an average yield of 1.8171 percent. Portugal hasn't issued a similar dated maturity recently but its five-year bonds currently trade around 1.7 percent.The bid-to-cover ...
German bond yields inch up during nervous wait for US payrolls LONDON: German bond yields edged higher on Friday as investors bet that an expected rebound in US employment in September will hasten monetary tightening in the world's biggest economy.With little immediate prospect of a European Central Bank government bond-buying scheme, European strategists believe a strong US non-farm payrolls figure for September, due at 1230 GMT, will send yields up further. "It all depends on the US payroll number, where we see some risk on the ...
Spanish yields dip after court suspends Catalonia referendum LONDON: Spanish government bond yields edged lower on Tuesday after the country's constitutional court suspended an independence referendum called by one of its richest regions.Catalonia President Artur Mas on Saturday signed a degree to hold a referendum on Nov. 9, a move that spooked investors who feared Spain may lose a region that accounts for around a fifth of Spain's economic output.Fitch ratings agency put the region's BBB- rating on negative watch as a result. ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 10, 2014
Reserves $13.401 bln