Sunday, June 12, 2011

Eurozone periphery bond trading volumes at new lows

By David Oakley in London and Andrew Ward in Oslo

Trading volumes in eurozone government bonds issued by Greece, Ireland and Portugal have fallen to record lows as disagreements over another international bail-out for Greece unsettle investors and revive fears of a default.

The volume traded in Greek, Irish and Portuguese sovereign debt fell to €1.1bn in May, a sixfold drop from November and the lowest level since 2001, when data were first collected, says Tradeweb, the electronic trading platform


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