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Russian central bank spends around $6bn in past 10 days to defend rouble: Nabiullina MOSCOW: Russia's central bank has spent around $6 billion defending the rouble in the past 10 days, the central bank's Governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Monday.Nabiullina added that the situation on the currency market was under control.The rouble has weakened around 18 percent against the dollar so far this year, pressured by falling oil prices, dollar strength and risk aversion to Russian assets due to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

South Korea central bank seen cutting rates again this week SEOUL: South Korea's central bank is expected to cut interest rates on Wednesday for the second time in three months in a further bid to re-energize an underpowered economic recovery, a Reuters survey found on Monday.Of 30 analysts polled, 18 forecast the Bank of Korea would cut its seven-day base rate at its meeting on Wednesday. Six of the remaining 12 expect the central bank to cut rates in November instead of this month, after ...
Poland's central bank head: easing may end with one more cut WARSAW: Poland's monetary easing may end with one more rate cut and it is wrong to assume that the October cut was a start of a larger cycle, central bank governor Marek Belka was quoted as saying on Monday. Asked if the October cut was a start of a bigger easing cycle, Belka told Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper: "A totally wrong assumption - it may be just one more cut." "If it only depended on me, ...
Russia central bank makes 34.64bn roubles worth of forex interventions on Oct. 9 MOSCOW: Russia's central bank said on Monday that it had conducted 34.64 billion roubles ($858 million) worth of forex interventions to defend the rouble on Oct. 9. The central bank releases its interventions data with a two-day lag. The rouble has been sliding on falling oil prices and broad risk aversion towards Russia because of its role in the Ukraine crisis. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Malaysia's three-way bank deal is far from done HONG KONG: Malaysia's three-way $26 billion bank deal is far from done. A merger of CIMB Group with two smaller rivals will create the country's largest bank by assets. Yet current share prices point to hurdles, including potential opposition from an Abu Dhabi sovereign investor or even a counterbid. A Malaysian pension fund could seal the deal, but only if it is allowed to vote. Under terms submitted for approval to the central bank, RHB ...
Russia's VTB to 'slightly' reduce presence in London, Western Europe WASHINGTON: Russia's VTB Bank will slightly reduce its presence in London and the rest of Western Europe but keep its core operations there, the bank's chief executive said. The West imposed sanctions on the bank over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis. "We will of course shrink our structure in London and Western Europe, but it will only be slightly," VTB CEO Andrei Kostin told reporters on the sidelines of the IMF and World Bank ...
Egypt has paid back $500mn to Qatar: central bank governor WASHINGTON: Egypt has paid back $500 million to Qatar and will soon return the remainder of the money the Gulf state deposited into the Egyptian central bank after the 2011 revolution, the bank's governor said on Saturday.Qatar helped prop up the Egyptian economy in the aftermath of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak and eventually brought Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to power in Egypt's first democratic elections.The monarchy, a strong supporter of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln