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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), up from A$5.5bn in the first two months of 2014. This is the highest January-February total since 2011, the year the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, surprisingly to many, excluded Kangaroos from the list of eligible assets to meet short-term liquidity coverage ratios under Basel III."There has been an ongoing trend among central banks to diversify away from US dollar and euro holdings and into mature, high-yielding areas like the Kangaroo market," said one Sydney-based fund ...

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 ...
Aussie and kiwi dollars on the defensive, awaiting major data WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar struggled to find a foothold on Monday, having posted its biggest weekly fall in over a month with nerves still raw days after the central bank governor described the currency as "overvalued by any metric". The Aussie was last down 0.1 percent at $0.9354 after falling as far as $0.9342. It fell 0.7 percent last week and has shed more than 1.5 percent since hitting an eight-month high of $0.9505 a ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln