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#Bond Markets

# bond-markets - Monday 12 December, 2011

Second ratings agency set to downgrade EU member states

Moody’s follows the lead of Standard & Poor’s, complaining about “the absence of measures to stabilise credit markets”.

# bond-markets - Thursday 1 December, 2011

Ireland's doing better on the bond markets than everyone else (ish)

The Bank of England has been comparing the borrowing costs of countries in June and again last month – and we’re doing okay.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

Italy pays nearly 8 per cent for three-year bonds

Italy faces its highest cost of borrowing ever, raising €3.5bn through the sale of three-year bonds at rates of 7.9 per cent.

# bond-markets - Monday 28 November, 2011

Belgium follows Italy, Germany in seeing borrowing costs surge

Belgium successfully raises €450m in a bond auction, but pays its highest yield since 2000 – up by 1.3 per cent from last month.

# bond-markets - Friday 25 November, 2011

Italy heads for bailout territory after awful bond auction

Italy raises €10bn in two short-term auctions – but sees its interest rates go through the roof, and into unsustainable levels.

# bond-markets - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

"Disaster" German bond auction sends European markets down

Germany issues €6bn in 10-year bonds – but only €3.8bn were sold, leaving the central bank to step in and buy the rest.

# bond-markets - Monday 21 November, 2011

Student study: Ireland could write off 85 per cent of its European debt

The pan-European ESCP business school says Ireland could get rid of €184bn in debts – by simply cancelling them out with others.

# bond-markets - Thursday 17 November, 2011

Spain in the firing line as borrowing costs hit new highs

The price of borrowing for Spain is approaching the 7 per cent barrier, after both Spain and France struggled with bond auctions.

# bond-markets - Wednesday 16 November, 2011

Monti announces Italian cabinet – and will be his own finance minister

The new Italian cabinet is made up mostly of independent technocrats, and will see Monti double up as PM and finance minister.

Monti set to announce new Italian government

Mario Monti completes two days of tense negotiations, and is set to present his new government to the president this morning.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Italian borrowing costs spike again as coalition talks go on

The markets seem nervous about Mario Monti’s attempts to form a government – while a Spanish bond auction also goes badly.

# bond-markets - Sunday 13 November, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Sunday

Catch up on the day’s main stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

# bond-markets - Friday 11 November, 2011

'Don't laugh': Romania still wants to join the euro

President Traian Basescu has insisted that his country is committed to fulfilling the entry criteria for the single currency by 2015.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 8 November, 2011

Berlusconi facing crucial vote as fears grow over Italy

A normally procedural vote will be closely scrutinised as Italian borrowing costs hit new highs.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 25 October, 2011

Kenny: Ireland has 'number of options' to further reduce bailout bill

Enda Kenny says Ireland can still reduce the interest on its bailouts, amid questions on why Greece is getting a haircut and Ireland isn’t.

# bond-markets - Friday 30 September, 2011

European markets open down following Germany's bailout vote

US markets finished in positive territory last night, but a European rally faded – while Asian markets were flat this morning.

# bond-markets - Thursday 22 September, 2011

US markets slide despite Fed's $400bn bond investment

The US Federal Reserve announces the purchase of $400bn in 6-year and 30-year bonds, hoping to drive down interest rates.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 20 September, 2011

Greece 'near deal' with troika - but may withdraw from Euro

Discussions with the EU and IMF are nearing a conclusion – but reports say the government wants a referendum on Euro membership.

# bond-markets - Monday 12 September, 2011

ECB spent €14bn on Spanish and Italian bonds last week...

…and its input was virtually worthless, because prices today are pretty much exactly where they were seven days ago.

Markets enter panic mode as fears grow over Greek default

Rumours that Greece may still default have sent markets into a nosedive, as the Euro falls and the cost of borrowing rises.

# bond-markets - Saturday 10 September, 2011

ECB's chief economist quits over divisive bond-buying policy ECB

ECB's chief economist quits over divisive bond-buying policy

Jürgen Stark is stepping down three years early – apparently in protest at ECB policies not favoured by his native Germany.

# bond-markets - Wednesday 7 September, 2011

Merkel welcomes ruling, but insists: 'We will never back Eurobonds'

Angela Merkel welcomes the Constitutional Court’s decision – but says it does not mean the emergence of a closer fiscal union.

Germany’s Constitutional court upholds participation in EU bailouts

Germany was not acting unconstitutionally in sanctioning a Greek bailout, the court says – though future bailouts need greater approval.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

Markets take a nose dive as bond crisis returns with a bang

Christine Lagarde says there’s a “crisis of confidence”. No kidding: markets are slipping while borrowing costs are back on the up.

# bond-markets - Monday 22 August, 2011

Crisis averted? ECB eases off on bond-buying

The ECB spent €14.3bn buying Spanish and Italian bonds last week, down from €22bn the week before, as the crisis eased.

# bond-markets - Monday 8 August, 2011

Dow disaster: 632-point drop is the 6th-worst in history

The Dow Jones ends its day deep in the red, as the S&P loses 6.6 per cent and the NASDAQ sheds nearly 7 per cent of its value.

Take 5: Monday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

US markets continue nosedive as investors dump shares for bonds

The US bond market responds brilliantly to the S&P downgrade, but the world’s stock markets are the obvious victims.

# bond-markets - Thursday 4 August, 2011

Take 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 2 August, 2011

Europe teeters on the brink as Spanish, Italian borrowing costs rise

If it was borrowing today, Spain would pay 6.3 per cent interest for a 10-year loan – a level that can’t be sustained.

# bond-markets - Friday 22 July, 2011

Bond yields dive, and Euro up, as markets embrace Brussels deal

The cost of borrowing for Europe’s strugglers is falling this morning, after leaders struck deals on gentler bailouts.

# bond-markets - Thursday 21 July, 2011

Stresses in eurozone 'overshadow' Ireland's economic progress: NTMA

The resolution of the eurozone issues are “fundamental” to Ireland returning to the bond markets next year, the NTMA says in its annual report.

# bond-markets - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

European Commission slams "incomprehensible" Moody's downgrade

Jose Manuel Barroso’s spokesman says the Commission can’t understand why Moody’s is taking such a dim view.

Irish bond prices rocket - again - on 'junk' downgrade

If Ireland borrowed for two years, it would have to pay 18.6 per cent interest – 14 times what Germany would.

# bond-markets - Thursday 2 June, 2011

Take 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

Varadkar says the Sunday Times "hyped up" his bailout comments

The transport minister says he has not been “confined to barracks” over the issue, and that the government’s position on the bailout is very clear.

# bond-markets - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

Ireland can avoid a second bailout in 2012, says S&P

Some good news? Really? A senior director at Standard & Poor’s says we’ll be able to borrow without international help.

# bond-markets - Monday 30 May, 2011

Government moves to play down Varadkar's second bailout comments

Leo Varadkar’s comments that Ireland may need a second bailout had officials at the Department of Finance scrambling to avert panic and insist Ireland is not planning on needing a second bailout.

# bond-markets - Sunday 29 May, 2011

Minister suggests Ireland could need a second bailout

Leo Varadkar says its unlikely that Ireland could return to the markets next year and appears not to rule out the need for a second bailout.

# bond-markets - Sunday 6 February, 2011

Bond fund suggests reducing Greek debt burden

Ireland should take note of major bond fund chief’s suggestions for Greece…