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Euro falls to 19-month low versus Swiss franc on easing bets LONDON: The euro dropped to a 19-month low against the Swiss franc on Wednesday, hit by growing expectations the European Central Bank will resort to quantitative easing in coming months to ward off the threat of deflation.The euro fell as 10-year German government bond yields hit a record low of 0.916 percent, passing the previous record of 0.926 percent hit on Monday.The euro hit 1.20715 francs on trading platform EBS, its lowest since early January 2013, and down 0.1 percent on the day. A sustained drop could test the Swiss National Bank's three-year old pledge to cap the franc at 1.20 per euro. Copyright Reuters, 2014

Egyptian pound steady against the dollar at central bank sale CAIRO: Egypt's pound held steady at a central bank dollar sale on Wednesday, with the bank saying it sold $37.6 million at a cut-off price of 7.1401 pounds per dollar, unchanged from Monday's rate.The rate for dollar sales has stayed in a very tight range since the beginning of June, after the bank allowed the pound to weaken in May. The central bank offered $40 million on Wednesday.The rates at which banks are allowed to ...

Sri Lanka rupee erases early gains, ends steady COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady on Wednesday erasing early gains as late importer dollar demand offset exporter greenback sales while dealers expect the local currency to remain steady for the rest of the year after positive comments by the central bank chief last week.Central bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said last week the banking regulator would intervene in the thinly-traded market whenever needed to keep the rupee stable.The rupee ended at 130.20/22 per ...

Indian rupee ends flat, but hopes high about foreign flows MUMBAI: The Indian rupee ended steady on Wednesday as optimism over continued foreign investments in domestic markets was offset by caution ahead of key indicators this week, including economic growth data.Expectations of further monetary stimulus in the euro zone have boosted emerging market assets by raising hopes of continued foreign purchases, although some of those gains are being offset by the dollar's rise against major currencies.Foreign institutional investors have bought a net $29.79 billion in ...

Sterling firm near 2-week high versus struggling euro LONDON: Sterling traded firm near two-week highs against a struggling euro on Wednesday, helped by widening interest rate differentials between the two-year British government bonds and their euro zone counterparts.The gap between the two has moved in favour of sterling fixed income assets, rising to its highest since early July, amid expectations that the European Central Bank may resort to asset purchases, or quantitative easing, in coming months to ward off the growing threat of ...

ECB easing talk lifts Asia FX; South Korea intervention spotted SINGAPORE: Most emerging Asian currencies rose on Wednesday with the South Korean won at a seven-week high as regional shares climbed to their highest in almost seven years on growing speculation of more stimulus by the European Central Bank.The won, however, pared some of its earlier gains after hitting 1,013.7 per dollar, its strongest since July 10, as traders said the foreign exchange authorities were spotted intervening to stem its appreciation.The suspected intervention came as ...

Kenyan shilling unchanged, seen supported by central bank NAIROBI: The Kenyan shilling was flat against the dollar on Wednesday, and traders said they expected the currency to trade in a tight range underpinned by support from the central bank.At 0700 GMT, commercial banks posted the shilling at 88.30/40 per dollar, unchanged from Tuesday's close.The central bank pumped an unspecified amount of dollars into the market on Tuesday, lifting the shilling from 88.80/90, its lowest level since December 2011."It's a pretty quiet start to ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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