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U.S. bond funds enjoy cash for eleventh straight week: ICI

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. fund investors are shifting from stocks to bonds and piled into debt markets for any 11th straight week, Investment Company Institute (ICI) data showed on Wednesday.

Investors have already been getting in bonds less responsive to rising rates in recent weeks. They have got sought to shore up portfolios against higher market volatility while profiting from yields plumped up by U.S. Fed rate hikes.

A sharp decline in bond prices during April abated as being the month drew into a close. Yields on benchmark 2-year Treasuries are near 2.53 percent, up from 2.28 percent at the beginning of the April. Bond prices fall since their yields rise.

U.S.-based bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) took in $3.5 billion over the one week through May 2, in accordance with the trade group. U.S. fund investors pulled $2.5 billion from stocks.

Short-term corporate bond funds tracked by Thomson Reuters' Lipper research unit attracted $3.3 billion in April, essentially the most at the moment as well as a 22nd straight month having cash.

Commodities funds have already been cannot claim their place for a safe-haven alternative besides an uptick in market volatility forever of the year and geopolitical concerns within the U.S. clashing with Iran. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday pulled the usa outside of a major international nuclear contend with that country.

Investors pulled $82 million from commodity funds, just like those that invest directly in gold, through the latest week, marking the earliest net withdrawals in five weeks.

The strength in the U.S. dollar has hobbled the investments, making the metal higher end buyers using other currencies.

The following table shows estimated ICI flows for mutual funds and ETFs (all figures in million of dollars):

5/2 4/25 4/18 4/11 4/4/2018

Equity -2,459 -879 -251 5,213 -4,501

Domestic -2,992 -3,777 -2,377 3,775 -6,018

World 533 2,898 2,126 1,437 1,517

Hybrid -887 -633 -1,090 -1,101 -932

Bond 3,471 2,242 8,492 6,470 2,943

Taxable 3,634 2,338 9,321 7,166 3,053

Municipal -163 -96 -830 -696 -110

Commodity -82 508 167 1,120 547

Total 43 1,237 7,317 11,702 -1,944

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State-owned Companies Hinder Agriculture Sector Development

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It is necessary that this Government interfere from the agriculture sector inside a right way, Davitashvili noted.

\”Our political team is kind of a centrist party. The world thinks certain interference in the agriculture sector is critical. This should be carried out reasonably to be able to help the situation in case there is market failure.

We believe this should actually be executed for that private sector assistance and not for competing with in which you sector. I recall several years ago the insurance policy ended up play competitively with the private computer sector. The Authorities useful to create state companies in reaction to the existing challenges. Naturally, these companies are inefficient. Subsequently, now we have received inefficient without success enterprises, including Mechanizator company and a lot more, which cannot resolve the difficulties in the agriculture sector\”, Levan Davitashvili noted.?

Budget allocations for that Secretary of state for Agriculture and Environment Protection in 2019 constructed 339 million GEL, that 49 million GEL will co-finance the credits taken by state-owned companies, 13 million GEL might be invested in arranging fruit gardens, 76 million GEL will finance melioration system development and 96 million GEL are going to be allocated to Joint AgroProject.

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Government Development for Preventing Smog

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Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze has presented the government\’s plans to deal with the actual environment near your vicinity. Bakhtadze notes that different branches government, as well as local governments, will implement new regulations and policies against the actual environment.?

“In 2017, we introduced a better fuel standard, Euro 5. Right after last year, the federal government adopted new regulations and, on January 1, 2019, the standard of diesel matched Euro 4, throughout January 1, 2020, Georgia will plunge to Euro 5. Coupled with improving diesel standards, in 2019, control for sulfur content compliance with norms will probably be launched. Next season, we can start large-scale inspections.In cooperation with the Tbilisi City Hall, the us govenment has continued to develop a 40-point afford bettering air quality. The blueprint defines concrete effective measures actively pursued by every agency.

As you recognize, since August 1, 2018, air quality is assessed based upon modern European standards, and also the monitoring and evaluation systems have been actively upgraded. In the same vein, new regulations from the introduction of modern European norms are already made for large manufacturing sites.

As you recognize, vehicle inspection arrive into full force this season, and also the vehicle fleet might be gradually rejuvenated, for just a moment. It truly is particularly important to boost trains and buses, involving overhauling the municipal bus fleet. We welcome the Tbilisi City Hall’s intriquing, notable and important projects in this regard, therefore we fully support their initiatives.

Equally noteworthy is usually that associated with the is largely resulting from construction. Unfortunately, our legislative framework isn\’t flawless labels on homeopathic products, its no wonder that it\’s important to adopt norms regulating the therapy lamp. New regulations on construction standards are already developed and submitted as bills for the Parliament of Georgia.

Our Government Program also seeks to make as much green areas as it can be as well as expand existing ones. The Tbilisi City Hall will identify locations for future green areas within the city’s central districts, and I am convinced that this new initiative will grow further in scope.

We imagine that deep cultural shifts must take invest our society in relation to environmental protection. Better education and greater awareness are required for citizens to spotlight the big picture in relation to value of environmental protection. We need to supply the public with timely more knowledge about both air quality and ways and planned initiatives to protect it. Raising awareness is really a decisive think about overcoming this serious challenge, because everyone can bring about the reason improving quality of air. The Secretary of state for Environment Protection and Agriculture has applied an atmospheric air awareness portal, rich in details on air quality as well as other interesting issues.”- notes Bakhtadze.

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Government to rearrange Greenery Cluster in Imereti Region

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Several importance factors frustrate to cultivate the exports direction during the greenery field, like the changing taste of buyers, relocation of customers from?traditional fairs to supermarkets and hypermarkets, ensuring continuous supply throughout every season and protection of standards and labeling requirements.

?We will arrange one cluster on 120 hectares. This can be a state-owned territory. The state-owned company has to be developer. We stay open form of hosting companies and we\’re in a position to admit them at any stage. I will transmit the spaces in blocks to your farmers as a way they arrange modern-standard hothouses. We\’re going to provide technical assistance, money for college to have investments. Our operator will packing, sorting and supply\”, the Minister said.

According to Geostat, national statistics service of Georgia, in 2017 Georgia\’s greenery production comprised 7900 tons, including 4500 tons was produced in Imereti Region, 1500 tons in Kvemo Kartli Region and 1900 tons in other regions.

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