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Sri Lanka rupee forwards gain on 10-year dollar bond launch COLOMBO: Sri Lankan rupee forwards rose for the first time in nearly two weeks as exporters converted some dollars after the island nation launched a 10-year dollar bond in the international market, dealers said.Sri Lanka is marketing the 10-year US dollar bond to yield around 6.375 percent, after it announced a plan to raise up to $1.5 billion from sovereign bonds early this year. The delay has put pressure on the rupee.Actively traded three-month forwards were at 137.60/90 per dollar at 0852 GMT, compared with Wednesday's close of 139.00/10, gaining for the first time since May 15."Exporters seen selling dollars after the news of the sovereign bond sale," a currency dealer said.Dealers said exporters may start selling dollars as inflows from the dollar bond would help boost the rupee currency.Exporters have been holding dollars without converting as it has become cheaper for them to manage costs locally with rupee loans ...

China's yuan little changed as central bank keeps steady hand on tiller SHANGHAI: China's yuan was little changed against the dollar on Thursday as the central bank kept its daily guidance rate largely steady, a sign that monetary authorities are keen to keep the currency stable for now, traders said."The market is quite balanced today, with no big money flows pushing the yuan in either direction," said a trader at a Chinese commercial bank in Shanghai.The People's Bank of China (PBOC) set the midpoint rate at 6.1202 ...
Dollar soars to more than 12-year high against yen TOKYO: The dollar soared to its highest level against the yen in more than 12 years on Thursday, powered by expectations for a US interest rate hike and more monetary easing from Japan's central bank.The greenback briefly touched 124.30 yen in Tokyo midday trading, its highest level since late 2002, before settling back to 124.11 yen. That compares with 123.63 yen in New York late Wednesday.Investors have been in an upbeat mood as equities surge, ...
Sri Lanka rupee forwards down on importer dollar demand COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's rupee forwards traded weaker on Wednesday due to importer dollar demand amid outflows from foreign sales in government securities, dealers said, a day after the central bank allowed the spot currency to fall by 0.15 percent.Dealers said lack of greenback conversions by exporters, who are managing their costs locally with cheaper rupee loans in a lower interest rate environment, was weighing on the currency.Actively traded three-month forwards were at 137.50/80 per dollar ...
Sri Lanka rupee spot falls near record low; pressure remains COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's central bank permitted the spot rupee to fall by 20 cents to a near record low on Tuesday but prevented it from falling further amid importer dollar demand while exporters held on to the greenback, dealers said.The central bank allowed the spot rupee to slip 0.15 percent or 20 cents to 133.90, near its record low of 134.10, hit on June 28, 2012, Thomson Reuters data showed.Since the central bank defended the ...
With yen nearing 8-year low, Mrs Watanabe starts buying TOKYO: Japanese day traders, colloquially and collectively known as "Mrs Watanabe", are buying the yen as it nears eight-year lows, suspecting that policymakers would be reluctant to let the currency fall further as it would provoke criticism at home and abroad. Last week, net dollar buying positions on the Tokyo Financial Exchange, Japan's largest margin trading platform, had fallen almost 60 percent from a high hit in January, to stand among the lowest levels seen ...
South Korean won extends fall to 1pc against the dollar SEOUL: The South Korean won dropped by more than 1 percent on the dollar on Tuesday, and was also weighed down by the Japanese yen's fall against the greenback.The dollar continued to benefit from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments last week around the timing of US rate increases.The won was quoted at 1,100.8 against the dollar as of 0540 GMT, after touching a low of 1,101.4, and was on track for its worst daily ...


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Banking Review 2014

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