ECB Unveils Cheap Loans, Leading to Euro Area Bond Rally

The European Central Bank launched a new round of cheap loans to support troubled banks and postponed interest rate hikes to at least the end of 2019, months later than previously indicated, in efforts to spark growth in the eurozone.  As a result, German bonds soared...

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Strong Market Conditions Lead to Continued Bond Rally

The upbeat sentiment continued for the Asian bond market, extending uncrystalized gains to US$ 48.82 billion in the new year (for US dollar denominated bonds in the BEV universe). Themes that we had seen in January continued on into February, with investors happy to...

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Minutes from Fed Show Uncertainty Over 2019 Rate Hikes

In the minutes to their January 29-30th meeting, Federal Reserve officials showed uncertainty towards the direction of interest rates in 2019 while widely favouring the end of the reduction in the central bank's balance sheet.  Launched as an emergency measure to...

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Russia Upgraded to Investment Grade by Moody’s

Global ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service has raised Russia’s long-term foreign currency ratings to "Baa3" from "Ba1", elevating the sovereign to investment grade status. The ratings outlook was moved to stable from positive. Moody's reported that policies the...

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