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#Government Bonds

# government-bonds - Thursday 14 November, 2013

5 reasons why the government decided to exit the bailout and go it alone

When the bailout ends, Ireland will not avail of a precautionary credit line, but why? Let us explain…

# government-bonds - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Ireland buys back €500 million of its own bonds

The NTMA cancels €500 million of debts due to mature next month, after buying the bonds on the second-hand market.

# government-bonds - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Ireland sells first 10-year government bonds since before bailout

The NTMA planned to raise about €3bn in an auction – but got bids for over four times as much, leading to the sale of €5bn.

# government-bonds - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

NTMA announces issue of new 10-year bond 'in due course'

The bond will help restore market confidence in Ireland.

# government-bonds - Thursday 7 March, 2013

Draghi: ECB's bond-buying programme can't help Ireland escape bailout ECB

Draghi: ECB's bond-buying programme can't help Ireland escape bailout

The ECB president says the bank won’t use its bond-buying programme to ease Ireland out if its EU-IMF funding.

# government-bonds - Saturday 9 February, 2013

Timeline: The 24 hours that secured the promissory note deal

It was dramatic, chaotic, uncertain and very confusing as Ireland struck a deal to tear up the promissory notes and repay Anglo’s debts over a longer period. Here’s how it unfolded…

# government-bonds - Friday 8 February, 2013

Ireland's cost of borrowing falls as NTMA formally issues new bonds

The body that manages Irish debt has formally issued new bonds to replace the promissory notes.

# government-bonds - Wednesday 9 January, 2013

Ireland sells €1 billion in Bank of Ireland bonds

Michael Noonan said the sale marks the start of the process of recovering money for the Irish taxpayer.

NTMA in talks with investors on selling new 10-year bonds

The body in charge of Ireland’s borrowing says it’s looking at trying to sell Ireland’s first 10-year bond since 2010.

# government-bonds - Tuesday 4 December, 2012

Ireland's cost of borrowing falls to lowest since April 2010

Bond markets responded positively to Greece’s proposal to buy back its debts – and Ireland is benefiting.

# government-bonds - Thursday 20 September, 2012

Cost of government borrowing reaches lowest level since bailout

Interest on a 9-year Irish bond – the benchmark bond currently in circulation – has fallen below 5 per cent.

# government-bonds - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Cost of borrowing for Ireland falls after German court ruling

The green light for the ESM from the German constitutional court has driven down the yield on Irish government bonds.

# government-bonds - Friday 27 July, 2012

Irish bond auction welcomed but 'country is still on life support'

The NTMA auctioned over €4 billion in Irish bonds yesterday in the first long-term debt sale since the bailout.

# government-bonds - Thursday 26 July, 2012

Ireland raises €4.19 billion in first return to bond markets

Investors were willing to give us €4.19 billion in loans maturing in 2017 and 2020 – but they come at a cost.

# government-bonds - Thursday 5 July, 2012

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

# government-bonds - Saturday 30 June, 2012

Everything you wanted to know about the bond markets but were too afraid to ask

Ireland’s ongoing struggle is to get back to the markets – but what ARE the bond markets? Here’s our grind.

# government-bonds - Tuesday 29 May, 2012

Column: Low rate of lending to Germany has put them in driving seat

The gap between those who can access the markets and those who can’t continues to wide, writes Nick Leeson…

# government-bonds - Friday 25 May, 2012

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# government-bonds - Monday 21 May, 2012

Noonan dismisses plan for government bonds linked to tax income

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath had asked the finance minister to consider a bond specifically linked to exchequer returns.

# government-bonds - Friday 4 May, 2012

Norway sells off its entire stash of Irish government bonds

The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund fears that Ireland and Portugal bonds are not ‘predictable’ and could default.

# government-bonds - Monday 16 April, 2012

Spanish bond yields pass 6 per cent mark

Concerns build that Spain will follow Greece, Portugal and Ireland in needing a bailout.

# government-bonds - Sunday 1 April, 2012

German central bank 'to stop taking Irish bonds as collateral'

A German newspaper report says the Bundesbank won’t take Irish, Greek or Portuguese bonds from banks any more.

# government-bonds - Saturday 31 March, 2012

Explainer: What's reportedly being discussed in talks on Ireland's bank debt?

RTÉ says Ireland’s banks could be given bonds by the EFSF, which could then be used to go to the ECB and get funds.

# government-bonds - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Confirmed: Noonan announces deal on promissory notes

The government had been in negotiations for some time with the European Central Bank over the €3.1 billion note which was due to be paid by this Saturday.

# government-bonds - Thursday 22 March, 2012

ECB set to discuss Irish deal on promissory note

Bloomberg reports Patrick Honohan will formally ask the ECB’s permission today to restructure Ireland’s promissory notes deal.

# government-bonds - Wednesday 21 March, 2012

Noonan outlines possible changes to promissory note deal

The Finance Minister has told the Dáil that the €3.1 billion repayment due next week could be converted to a long-term bond instead.

# government-bonds - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Ireland returns to bond markets with €3.53 billion 'swap offer'

The NTMA swaps €3.5bn in bonds, which were maturing in January 2014, for paper maturing in February 2015.

# government-bonds - Friday 13 January, 2012

Ireland plans to return to bond markets this year

The NTMA’s John Corrigan reveals that Ireland will stage a “phased re-entry” with the sale of short-term bonds this year.

# government-bonds - Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Federal Reserve hands over $76.9 billion profit to US government

The United States’ central bank made a near-record profit last year, thanks to its growing stash of US government bonds.

# government-bonds - Saturday 3 September, 2011

ECB demands that Italy plough ahead with tough austerity plans

Silvio Berlusconi has been forced to drop some plans in a bid to win political support – but Jean-Claude Trichet isn’t too pleased.

# government-bonds - Thursday 18 August, 2011

Global stocks dive on poor economic data, recession fears

US, Asian and European markets suffered through another hard day as fears of US economic stagnation and concerns about European banks spooked investors.

# government-bonds - 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.

# government-bonds - Tuesday 19 July, 2011

Gold prices continue surge as investors dump debt

Precious metals always do well when all else seems risky – and it’s more than double its price of five years ago.

# government-bonds - 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.

# government-bonds - Sunday 10 July, 2011

Emergency EU meeting amid fears Italy could be next in crisis

Herman Van Rompuy has called top officials together for talks as the markets show jitters over Italian government debt.

# government-bonds - 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.

# government-bonds - Friday 1 April, 2011

Irish Life shares tank after stress test results

Shares in AIB and Bank of Ireland have a good day – but Irish Life & Permanent shares fall through the floor.

# government-bonds - Thursday 24 March, 2011

Bond prices surge again after Portuguese budget defeat

The costs of borrowing for both Ireland and Portugal take a battering in the aftermath of the latter’s prime minister quitting.

# government-bonds - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

AIB says payment ‘will be made’ following rumours of default on bond interest repayments

AIB insisted that “payment will be made” after a rumour that Ireland has missed a scheduled interest payment on its bonds sent the price of short-term borrowing spiralling earlier today.

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