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# bond-markets - Wednesday 10 November, 2010

Honohan: Ireland's response to crisis is "exactly right"

The Central Bank governor says Ireland’s tactics have been perfect – and that the IMF, if needed, would change nothing.

Bond yields over 8.6% for the first time

Irish bonds continue to beat their own records, heading into a 12th consecutive day of weakening

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Bailout 'would resolve market tension' - Goldman

A chief strategist at Goldman Sachs believes the best way of calming markets down is to announce a bailout.

Lenihan insists Ireland won't need EU bailout

Minister for Finance tells the BBC Ireland will return to the markets next year to raise funds.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 9 November, 2010

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Rehn's parting message: "Europe stands by you"

The European economics commissioner affirms European support as Ireland begins the painful road to economic recovery.

ECB steps in to buy Irish bonds - and the price keeps rising

We’re well clear of 7.9% now, despite news that the European Central Bank has cranked up its purchasing.

# bond-markets - Monday 8 November, 2010

Department urged to buy bonds with pension reserve

Reuters reports that senior Department of Finance advisers want the pension reserve to create new demand for Irish bonds.

Irish 10-year bonds over 7.7% this morning

Meanwhile, economist Morgan Kelly predicts another housing crash…

# bond-markets - Friday 5 November, 2010

Bond markets unmoved by €6bn budget package

The cost of Irish borrowing remains largely flat in spite of the government’s Budget announcements.

# bond-markets - Thursday 4 November, 2010

THE OVERNIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT of a second programme of quantitative easing (‘QE2′) in the United States has done little to help the cost of Irish government bonds. As investors look to paper from other more secure nations, the cost of ten-year Irish bonds has shattered its previous record, standing at 7.635% as of 9:35am. Yesterday the spread between Irish and German bonds hit 5% and it’s continued to rise since. It’ll be a long day.

QE2: Fed announces $600bn second round of quantitative easing

The American central bank announces it will buy back $600bn of outstanding US bonds to lift the cash supply.

# bond-markets - Wednesday 3 November, 2010

Irish-German bond spread surges past 5%

The price of government borrowing for Ireland is now over three times higher than it is for Germany.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 2 November, 2010

THE COST OF BORROWING for the Irish government closed at an all-time high today, finishing above 7.3% for the first time since Ireland joined the Euro in 1999. The interest rate demanded by the world’s investors closed at 7.304% – the highest it has ever been, and well higher than the Greek rate when it required its own bailout in April. Here’s why you should care about the bond market chaos.

Insuring against Irish default costs more now than ever before

Bad sign: purchasing insurance against an Irish bond default is more expensive today than it has ever been.

Ireland has "a month to stop bailout" - UCD economist Bailout Republic?

Ireland has "a month to stop bailout" - UCD economist

First Colm McCarthy, now Karl Whelan says the movements in bond markets leave Ireland on the brink of default.

# bond-markets - Monday 1 November, 2010

ON FOOT of the record cost of borrowing for the Irish state – which today closed at 7.141% – has seen the cost of insuring against an Irish default hit record levels once more. Earlier this afternoon the cost of an Irish ‘credit default swap’ hit 5% for just the second time – meaning that borrowers with €10m in Irish debt will have to pay €500,000 a year to insure themselves against the cost of a bailout. It means the world’s markets believe there to be a 28% chance that Ireland will fail to meet its repayment obligations in the next five years.

Borrowing costs continue upward spiral amid IMF fears

The cost of borrowing for Ireland goes over 7% again, as investors buy into Colm McCarthy’s fears of an IMF bailout.

# bond-markets - Thursday 28 October, 2010

Government borrowing costs exceed 7% for first time Bond Markets

Government borrowing costs exceed 7% for first time

The cost of Irish borrowing is more expensive than ever – and briefly exceeded the 7% ceiling for the first time.

# bond-markets - Wednesday 27 October, 2010

Anglo borrowed €8bn as Lenihan announced ‘final’ bailout cost

Anglo was borrowing up to €7.9bn to pay out on bonds – on the same day the government announced the cost of recapitalisation.

Government borrowing costs take yet another spike

As the government announces massive budget adjustments, the cost of Irish borrowing lies just off its all-time peak.

# bond-markets - Thursday 21 October, 2010

Uh-oh: two days after reining in, bond yields explode again

The cost of government ten-year borrowing was under 6% on Tuesday. Today it closed above 6.5% again.

# bond-markets - Monday 18 October, 2010

Bond yields dip under 6% on Budget consensus briefings

The price of ten-year borrowing for the government falls below the 6% mark as investors applaud consensus.

# bond-markets - Wednesday 6 October, 2010

Fitch downgrade hits cost of borrowing - yet again

Agency worries about banking costs. Agency downgrades rating. Price of borrowing rises. Repeat ad nauseum.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 5 October, 2010

Bond yields creep back up on Moody's rumours

As Moody’s considers downgrading Ireland’s credit rating again, the cost of government borrowing goes back up.

# bond-markets - Saturday 2 October, 2010

Lenihan subjected to chimp noises by Citigroup investors

Citi investors heckle, jeer and make chimp noises during conference call with Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.

# bond-markets - Thursday 30 September, 2010

Cowen admits bond cancellation is because of high yields

The Taoiseach says we’re not borrowing because of its costs – while the NTMA had earlier said it was a precaution.

Insuring against Irish debt gets expensive post-Anglo

Despite the “final announcement”, markets still think there’s more than half a chance that Anglo will default…

Bond markets respond favourably to Anglo finality

The price of government borrowing – and the Irish-German spread – falls back, but AIB shares crater.

# bond-markets - Wednesday 29 September, 2010

EC assurance over bailout does little to soothe bonds

The price of government borrowing remains close to its all time record despite Olli Rehn’s assurance about funding.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 28 September, 2010

ECB step in, again - as bond rates hit new record, again Bond Markets This post contains videos

ECB step in, again - as bond rates hit new record, again

It’s the same old story, really. The world’s markets freak out about the price of Anglo, and Europe has to help out.

# bond-markets - Monday 27 September, 2010

Lenihan to publish final Anglo bill by Friday

The government will give the final bill on Friday, trying to calm investors after yet another horrible day for Irish bonds.

ECB 'prepared countries to raise cash for Ireland' - newspaper

A German paper says we were ready for a bailout – and the bond yields hit new records. Yes, again.

Moody's downgrades Anglo bonds to within one notch of junk

Euro under pressure after Moody downgrades Anglo debt. Meanwhile, rumours emerge of ECB plan to rescue Ireland.

# bond-markets - Friday 24 September, 2010

THE PRICE OF government borrowing over 10 years has soared once again, having fallen from a new all-time record earlier today. The price earlier struck 6.574%, a new all-time record, but dived to 6.457% – lower than this morning’s opening price – at 3pm. Within 20 minutes, however, the price shot back north to 6.525%, begging the question: what’s gotten the markets so riled?

ECB holds off on intervention as bonds breach 6.55%

The market price of 10-year Irish government debt reaches another record – but there’s no European intercession.

# bond-markets - Tuesday 21 September, 2010

Bonds hold steady as auction calms investors

The yields on four-year, eight-year and ten-year bonds are all staying calm after this morning’s auction of fresh debt.

Spain was also trying to raise cash today – it offloaded €1.757bn in 18-month treasury bills, with demand exceeding supply by a factor of 2.9, while 12-month bills totalling a whopping €5.28bn were sold at 1.908%, with demand 1.7 times the supply. The demand for both was down, however, with 12-month bid-to-cover previously at 2.5 while the 18-month was 3.9.

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