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Yields rise on manufacturing data, Fed's Fischer notes on inflation NEW YORK: US Treasury yields rose on Thursday, reversing earlier bond strength, after a manufacturing survey showed economic improvement and as Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer cited rising inflation and wage pressures.Treasuries have rallied in recent weeks as a weaker-than-expected March employment report and other data pointed to slowing growth that is expected to keep the Fed on hold for longer.Investors have also been reluctant to have large exposure to the bonds, however, on the risk that yields may rise if the economy rebounds from a weak first quarter."The minute bond prices moved up, people started selling again," said interest rate strategist Jim Vogel of FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee.Yields began increasing after a Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank survey on Thursday showed that factory activity in the US mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April.Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer also said in an interview on CNBC that the US economy was ...

Japanese demand feeds Kangaroo spree SINGAPORE: The retreating Australian dollar and the resumption of monetary easing have yet to dampen offshore demand for Kangaroo bonds. Japanese investors, in particular, are turning to Australian dollar debt in the hunt for yield.The elevated international bid has contributed to a sharp increase in Kangaroo offerings from sovereign, supranational and agency issuers, with IFC, Rentenbank and Kommunalbanken among those in the market again last week.So far this year, SSA issuers have raised A$8.6bn (US$6.7bn), ...
Australian & NZ dollars subdued, Aussie pinned near lows vs kiwi SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were subdued on Monday against a broadly firmer greenback in thin year-end trade, with the Aussie pinned near nine-year lows against its kiwi cousin. The Aussie was steady at $0.8123, having drifted in a slim $0.8110/27 range, not far from last week's low of $0.8087.A break there could open the way to the May 2010 trough of $0.8066. Steven Daghlian, a market analyst at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ...
Australian & NZ dollars off lows, await RBA SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar eased off four-year lows on Tuesday after a rebound in commodity prices caused a sharp squeeze of bearish positions. Traders were awaiting the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) monthly policy review and the tone of its statement at 0330 GMT.The central bank is considered certain to hold rates steady for a 16 straight month at a record low of 2.5 percent but could again note the Aussie was high by most ...
Australia, NZ dollars set for largest monthly fall in over a year SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars clawed their way off lows on Tuesday but still seemed destined to suffer losses exceeding 6 percent for the month amid a strengthening US currency and sliding global commodity prices. The Australian dollar struggled up to $0.8727, having slipped as far as $0.8684 overnight, its lowest since January. It has tumbled 6.5 percent this month, the largest loss since May last year. While some dealers see a risk ...
New Zealand dollar eyes post-float high, Aussie also bid WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar flew close to a near three-year peak on Wednesday, having picked up a tailwind after ratings agency Fitch upgraded its outlook on the country's AA rating to positive. The kiwi was firm at $0.8790, not far from the overnight high of $0.8806. It was only the second time since the currency was floated in 1985 that it has broken through the $0.8800 big figure. The bullish move has revived talk ...
Dollar holds job-inspired gains in quiet start to week SYDNEY: The dollar clung on to most of last week's payrolls-inspired gains early on Monday after a holiday in the United States all but ensured a moribund start to the week. The dollar index was steady at 80.300, not far from a one-week peak of 80.315 set on Thursday in the wake of solid jobs data. US markets were shut on Friday for the Independence Day holiday. "There are very limited leads for the region ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln