: Bloomberg: Ukraine bonds trade like Crimea never happened amid yield hunt

09:51 Jul. 12, 2016

Bloomberg: Ukraine bonds trade like Crimea never happened amid yield hunt

A man dresses a statue figure on the monument dedicated to Kiev city founders, in the national Ukrainian costume called Vyshyvanka, on the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, May 19, 2016 (AP Photo)

Dollar-debt yield falls below 8% first time since January ‘14

The global search for bond returns has pushed Ukrainian government debt to highs not seen since before the first bullets were fired amid anti-government protests on Kyiv's central Maidan square more than two years ago.

The yield on the country's three-year dollar debt fell below 8 percent on Monday, July 11, for the first time since January 2014, when pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was still clinging to power and the Crimean peninsula was part of Ukraine. 

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Yields have tumbled more than four percentage points and the local currency has rallied since the peak of a government standoff in February this year before the appointment of a new prime minister diffused a fresh political crisis.

The rally signals investors are wagering on the country's recovery after a USD 15 billion debt restructuring last year and as the government edges closer to unlocking the next payment in a USD 17.5 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund.

Investors worldwide are also looking for higher-yielding assets at a time when bets for a new bout of central bank stimulus push almost USD 10 trillion in securities tracked by Bloomberg to yield less than zero. Full story 

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