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  • Feb 6- In April 2011, two years before their prices sank, a slew of bond funds that were being sold by UBS's Puerto Rico arm appeared to its brokers to be such risky investments that they balked at promoting them to their clients. Their views were unacceptable to Miguel Ferrer, then the chairman of UBS Financial Services Inc of Puerto Rico, a unit of UBS AG.

  • TOKYO, Feb 6- Japanese government bonds ticked up on Friday, erasing earlier losses after the Bank of Japan's buying operation unearthed limited selling interest among brokers, particular at the longest end of the yield curve. Ten-year JGB futures rose 0.12 point to 147.45, reversing earlier falls to 147.14. The BOJ bought a total of 1.18 trillion yen of JGBs on...

  • Feb 5- Corporate bonds did outstandingly well during the great deflation in the 1930 s but this time round may be, well, different. Finland sold five-year paper the other day for a negative yield, German yields are negative six years out, while those in Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands cost you money to hold for five years. France, always a bit more of a risk, is priced...

  • SECOND-LARGEST INFLOW EVER RECORDED INTO HIGH-GRADE BOND FUNDS, WEEK ENDED 2/ 4: LIPPER.

  • Greek radicals play it safe with debt advisers Lazard Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 2:08 PM ET

    LONDON, Feb 5- Soon after politicians from the far-left Syriza party won power in Greece they said they had hired Lazard to advise them on restructuring their debt. Lazard cemented its position as the eminence grise of debt negotiations when it secured the biggest restructuring deal in history for Athens in 2012.. Geopolitical turmoil and economic shocks keep...

  • Treasuries prices fell on Thursday as traders pared bond holdings ahead of the January payrolls report, though market losses were limited due to tension between Greece and its euro zone partners in their debt negotiation. The move stoked anxiety about the solvency of Greek banks and fears Greece might exit the euro zone bloc. Greek Prime Minister Alexis...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 5- The rouble fell and shares declined on Thursday after oil dropped more than $1 per barrel on global markets and Standard& Poor's rating agency cut the ratings of some of Russia's top companies to junk. The downgrade came after S&P cut Russia's sovereign rating to junk last month, bringing it below investment grade for the first time in a decade on...

  • VIENNA, Feb 5- Austria's Chancellor Werner Faymann said Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras knows his proposals on dealing with Greek debt should be founded on his predecessor's commitments, based on the need for austerity. Faymann had a phone conversation with Tsipras late on Wednesday and said an agreement on an extension of debt maturities based on...

  • JGBs erase losses amid 30-year auction relief Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 12:10 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 5- Japanese government bonds reversed their early losses on Thursday after demand at a sale of 30- year bonds was not as weak as many investors had feared, after a downbeat 10- year auction earlier this week raised concerns. The Ministry of Finance sold 551.0 billion yen of 30- year JGBs with a 1.5 percent coupon, at a lowest accepted price of 100.20.

  • *China's move on bank reserve pares earlier bids for bonds. NEW YORK, Feb 4- The European Central Bank's surprise move to stop accepting Greek bonds as collateral to raise cash caused a late safehaven rally in the U.S. "It means that we will not have a nice, smooth solution to Greek problems and we'll have a risk-off move," said David Keeble, global head of interest rates...

  • *China's move on bank reserve pares safety bids for bonds. *Lower oil prices, report on Greece reduce market losses. Treasuries yields rose on Wednesday with benchmark yields hitting 1-1/ 2 week highs as encouraging economic data from Europe and the United States spurred selling of bonds for a second day.

  • *Cautious optimism on Greece deepens bond sell-off. Treasuries yields rose on Wednesday with benchmark yields hitting 1-1/ 2 week highs as encouraging economic data on the Europe and United States and cautious optimism about Greece's debt negotiation spurred selling in bonds for a second day. There's some optimism on the Greece debt negotiation, "said Larry...

  • Feb 4- The Templeton Global Bond Fund, one of the biggest investors in Ukraine bonds, weathered a 29 percent hit to the market value of its holdings in the worn-torn country's debt during the fourth quarter. The market value of the fund's Ukraine bonds fell to $1.8 billion at the end of December, down from $2.53 billion at the end of the third quarter, according to the...

  • Feb 4- The Templeton Global Bond Fund, one of the biggest investors in Ukraine bonds, weathered a 29 percent hit to the market value of its holdings in the worn-torn country's debt during the fourth quarter. The market value of the fund's Ukraine bonds fell to $1.8 billion at the end of December, down from $2.53 billion at the end of the third quarter, according to the...

  • TEMPLETON GLOBAL BOND FUND HAS $69 BILLION IN NET ASSETS AND IS ONE OF UKRAINE'S BIGGEST DEBT HOLDERS.

  • PORTFOLIO MANAGER HASENSTAB MAINTAINED POSITIONS IN UKRAINE DEBT DESPITE COUNTRY'S TURMOIL, FALLING BOND PRICES.

  • MARKET VALUE OF TEMPLETON GLOBAL BOND FUND' S UKRAINE HOLDINGS FELL 29 PCT TO $1.8 BLN IN FOURTH QUARTER- FUND DISCLOSURE.

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip after 2-day run; ADP data on tap Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 7:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 4- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Wednesday, after a two-day rally for the S&P 500 ahead of data on the labor market and the services sector. *Investors will eye the January private-sector employment report from payrolls processor ADP at 8:15 a.m. for signs of continuing improvement in the labor market. *Later in the session at 9:45 a.m., financial...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 4- Russia's Finance Ministry sold 7.34 billion roubles of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 13.89 percent, out of the 10 billion roubles on offer, Reuters data showed. The ministry sold more than at the previous week's auction, when it sold 2.5 billion roubles of bonds out of 5 billion roubles on offer.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 4- The Russian Finance Ministry sold 7.34 billion roubles of OFZ treasury bonds at auction on Wednesday at an average yield of 13.89 percent, out of the 10 billion roubles on offer, Reuters data showed.