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Iraq sells $1.3bn in local bonds to plug deficit

Iraq's central bank on Tuesday said it started selling local bonds worth 1.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($1.29 billion), as part of an effort to plug a government deficit caused by tumbling oil prices and the costs of fighting an Islamic State in

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Gulf's bond market improves as panic over oil fades

Two issues in the Gulf's international bond market this week showed a panic over low oil prices has faded and foreign investors are once again willing to buy into the region's debt - but they remained extremely sensitive to pricing.

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ME funds upbeat on bonds, lukewarm to stocks

Middle East fund managers have turned bullish towards fixed income and less positive on equities as they prepare for an economic slowdown in the Gulf this year, a monthly Reuters survey shows. The most recent survey of 14 leading

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ME funds positive on bonds, lukewarm on stocks

Middle East fund managers have turned bullish towards fixed income and less positive on equities as they prepare for an economic slowdown in the Gulf this year, a monthly Reuters survey shows. The most recent survey of 14 leading

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Saudi govt to issue SR20bn bonds

The Saudi Arabian government has told local banks that it will sell them SR20 billion ($5.3 billion) of three-, five- and seven-year bonds, with floating as well as fixed rates, the Maaal financial website quoted sources as saying on Sunday.

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Kuwait to issue international, domestic bonds

Kuwait's government plans to issue both international and domestic bonds to help cover a budget deficit caused by low oil prices, finance minister Anas Al-Saleh said on Tuesday. Al-Saleh told Reuters on the sidelines of a fina

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Saudi Arabia to launch floating rate bonds

The Saudi Arabian government plans to start issuing floating-rate bonds to encourage local banks to buy its debt as it finances a big budget deficit caused by low oil prices, banking sources said on Thursday.   S

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Mideast funds eye rebuilding equities positions

Many Middle East fund managers expect to start rebuilding their regional equities holdings in the next few months and have become less bearish towards bonds, a monthly Reuters survey shows. The survey of 14 leading fund managers,

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Bahrain says austerity plans in line with IMF

Bahrain plans austerity steps to cut its budget deficit in line with International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommendations, its finance minister said on Saturday in comments that could help the island kingdom sell its bonds when it returns to intern

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Iraq to sell local bonds to public for first time since 2003

Iraq plans to sell local bonds to the public for the first time since 2003, with a 5 trillion dinar ($4.24 billion) issue expected this year, the finance minister said on Thursday, as the country seeks to cover a widening budget deficit.

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