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Nigeria raises $521mn at bond sale, yields mixed LAGOS: Nigeria sold a combined 85.17 billion naira ($521.33 million) in three-year and 10-year bonds to mostly local pension funds and some offshore investors, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said on Thursday.DMO said it sold 30 billion naira worth of 3-year bonds at an 11.35 percent yield, up from the 11.09 percent the same tenor fetched at an auction last month.A total of 50 billion naira was sold in the 10-year paper at 12.24 percent, down from 12.54 percent at the previous auction. In addition, the DMO issued 5.17 billion naira in 10-year bonds on a non-competitive basis to the central bank.Nigeria had initially offered to sell 35 billion naira each in the 3-year and 10-year papers.Demand at the auction stood at 204.53 billion naira, lower than 239.03 billion naira received at last month's auction. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Rand, forint, lead emerging currency pullback LONDON: South African local bond yields rose to the highest in six weeks on Wednesday on anticipation of rate hikes and a ratings downgrade, while the rand led a general emerging currency pullback versus the dollar.Swaps markets indicate that investors are pricing roughly 100 basis points of policy tightening in South Africa over the coming year following a hawkish speech by central bank governor Gill Marcus. That has pushed up bond yields across the curve ...
Saudi sovereign wealth fund plan attracts debate in advisory body DUBAI: A proposal to set up a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund attracted debate at a meeting of the kingdom's influential Shura council advisory body but failed to yield a result, state media reported on Tuesday.A report by the council's financial committee has said the National Reserve Fund, which would invest part of the kingdom's vast hydrocarbon wealth, would build on its financial stability.Details of its investment strategy have yet to be disclosed publicly, but ...
Kenya to raise 30bn shillings this month via bonds NAIROBI: Kenya will sell a five-year Treasury bond and re-open an existing 20-year Treasury bond this month to raise up to 30 billion shillings ($343 million), the central bank said on Monday. The bank said the five-year bond's coupon rate will be determined by the market during the sale on June 18 while the 20-year bond will come with a rate of 12.000 percent. Both bonds will be on sale until June 17. Copyright Reuters, ...
UAE's Etisalat plans 3.1bn euro bond issue in four tranches DUBAI: Abu Dhabi's Etisalat plans a bond issue worth up to 3.1 billion euros ($4.22 billion) split into four tranches, according to a document from lead arrangers provided on Monday. The United Arab Emirates' largest telecom operator is considering two dollar tranches of the bond, of probably five- and 10-year tenors, plus two euro-denominated tranches of seven and 12 years' duration. This confirms the structure which sources told Reuters last week the operator was planning. ...
Saudi Arabia to discuss proposal for sovereign wealth fund DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, an influential advisory body to the government, will discuss a proposal for the country to establish a sovereign wealth fund that would invest some of its vast oil earnings, local media reported.The National Reserve Fund would "guarantee the financial stability of the kingdom" by investing its reserves, Saad Mareq, head of the council's financial committee, was quoted as telling the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat daily on Saturday.Details of its investment strategy ...
Egypt studying international bond issue: sources CAIRO: Egypt's finance ministry is studying the possibility of issuing its first international bond since 2010, two officials told Reuters, as investor confidence in the country gradually returns after the turmoil which followed the 2011 revolution.A government official with knowledge of the matter said Egypt had discussed with banks the possibility of an international eurobond issue of between $750 million and $1 billion, "whenever the time and need is appropriate to cover the budget gap".A ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln