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German yields fall as Greek eyes debt sale to avert funding crunch LONDON: German Bund yields pushed lower on Wednesday as Greece prepared to sell treasury bills to refinance maturing debt, a day before it has to repay an International Monetary Fund loan.Selling pressure on Greek assets eased on Tuesday after Athens said it would repay the 450 million-euro loan tranche due on Thursday, but the country is fast running out of cash.Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said an agreement on a package of reforms needed to free bailout money from its euro zone and IMF lenders has to be reached this week.Analysts see the sale of 875 million euros of six-month T-bills later in the day as a key test of whether the government can find other sources to plug any funding gap if foreign investors refuse to roll over their T-bill exposure.Greek bond yields edged up in early trade while benchmark German 10-year yields were 2 basis points lower at ...

Sterling firms after data surprise but election uncertainty curbs gains LONDON: Sterling hit a day's high against the euro on Tuesday after data showed Britain's dominant services sector grew strongly in March, although analysts and traders said gains were capped by uncertainty ahead of next month's election.The Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers' index (PMI) surged to hit an eight-month high of 58.9 in March, up from 56.7 in February, pointing to a speeding up of overall economic growth in the first three months of 2015.The British ...
Aussie outperforms, gains more than 1pc as RBA keeps rates unchanged LONDON: The Australian dollar gained over 1 percent against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday -- heading for its biggest daily rise in more than two weeks -- after the Reserve Bank of Australia surprised many investors by refraining from an interest rate cut.The Aussie rose to $0.7711, its highest in a week, from around $0.76 before the decision, extending its recovery from a six-year trough of $0.7534 set on Thursday. It was last trading at ...
Russia's rouble opens stronger at market opening MOSCOW: The rouble opened stronger on Monday, tracking a rise in the price of oil, Russia's main export and a major driver behind the currency's performance.At 0703 GMT, the rouble was about 0.1 percent stronger against the dollar at 56.62 and gained 0.3 percent to trade at 62.02 versus the euro.Oil futures climbed more than $1 a barrel on Monday, after Saudi Arabia raised prices for crude sales to Asia for a second month.Copyright Reuters, ...
Russia's rouble opens broadly stronger on Friday MOSCOW: The rouble opened broadly stronger on Friday, neglecting the steep fall in oil prices, Russia's main exports and a major driver behind the local currency's performance.At 0705 GMT, the rouble was about 0.4 percent stronger against the dollar at 56.44 and gained 0.6 percent to trade at 62.32 versus the euro.Brent oil fell nearly 4 percent on Thursday after a preliminary pact between Iran and global powers on Tehran's nuclear programme.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Russian rouble posts strong gains as forex demand fades MOSCOW: Russia's rouble gained ground on Thursday, helped by weaker demand for foreign currency and a retreat in the U.S. dollar on global markets, while a jump in the central bank's forex reserves boosted market sentiment.At 1515 GMT, the rouble was around 1.6 percent stronger against the dollar at 56.68 and was around 0.4 percent up on the euro at 61.73."At the moment there are no reasons to bet against the rouble, the market is ...
Euro's falling share in global reserves to accentuate weakness LONDON: The euro's share in global foreign exchange reserves has fallen to its lowest in more than a decade, a trend that is likely to pick up in coming months and hold down the currency's value.Data from the International Monetary Fund this week showed the euro's reserve share fell to 22.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, from 22.6 percent in the third. The dollar's share rose to 62.9 percent from 62.4 percent.While most ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln