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Australia & NZ dollars stung by Fed comments SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were in retreat on Thursday after markets brought forward expectations of interest rate hike in the United States, sending bonds and stocks skidding. The Aussie slipped to $0.9007, having fallen 1 percent overnight after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank might end its bond-buying program this fall, and could start to raise interest rates around six months later. The US dollar jumped across the board with the Aussie dollar back to where it started the week. It had gained more than a full cent to $0.9138 on Wednesday and scaled a three-month peak of 70 on a trade-weighted basis. It was now targeting key chart support at $0.8990 with dealers citing stops below $0.8980. "A clear theme now is pressure on US rates which will keep the US dollar well bid," said a trader at a European bank in Singapore, ...

South Korea won falls as Fed Chair Yellen's remarks boost dollar SEOUL: The South Korean won was down in early trade on Thursday, reflecting the dollar's broad advance after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the US central bank could start raising interest rates earlier than expected.The local currency was quoted at 1,074.1 against the dollar as of 0232 GMT, compared with Wednesday's domestic closing level of 1,070.5, on track for its third consecutive session of declines.Yellen said the Fed would probably end its bond-buying programme ...

Dollar firm in Asian on Yellen rate comments TOKYO: The dollar edged up in Asia on Thursday, adding to gains seen in New York after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen hinted that interest rates could rise early next year, earlier than expected.The greenback fetched 102.40 yen in Tokyo midday trade, slightly up from 102.32 yen late in New York and much stronger than the 101.51 yen in Tokyo earlier Wednesday.The euro bought $1.3826 and 141.64 yen, mixed from $1.3827 and 141.53 yen in ...

Rouble hits two-week high as anxiety about Ukraine tension less intense MOSCOW: The Russian rouble strengthened for a second day on Wednesday to reach a two-week high after investors started closing long positions in the dollar taken during the recent escalation of the crisis in Crimea. At 1525 GMT, the rouble traded 0.7 percent stronger against the dollar at 35.97 and 0.9 percent firmer at 50.0 against the euro. This left it 0.8 percent firmer against the dollar-euro basket at 42.29. The rouble, which hit record ...

Nigerian naira eases as banks cover short dollar positions LAGOS: Nigeria's naira eased against the US currency on Wednesday, driven by strong dollar demand from some lenders trying to cover their short positions on the greenback, dealers said. The local unit closed at 164.80 naira to the dollar, weaker than Tuesday's close of 164.40 naira. The local units of two foreign banks sold dollars on Tuesday to boost interbank liquidity, but other lenders bought up hard currency to cover their short positions, dealers said. ...

Weak yuan pulls most Asia FX lower, Fed policy awaited SEOUL: Most emerging Asian currencies eased on Wednesday because of a weaker Chinese yuan and caution before the Federal Reserve's policy decision due later in the day.Thailand's baht, however, hit a three-month high as the government lifted a state of emergency in Bangkok, taking a step to restore some confidence as anti-government protests subside.The Philippine peso fell to its weakest level in nearly five weeks on bond outflows and corporate dollar demand.The South Korean won ...

Dollar firms before Fed verdict, all eyes on Yellen debut LONDON: The dollar rose against the yen and euro on Wednesday, drawing comfort from expectations the Federal Reserve will further unwind monetary stimulus, looking beyond the impact on the economy of a harsh winter. Some trepidation before Janet Yellen's inaugural policy review as Federal Reserve chief will keep gains muted, traders said. The Fed is widely expected to reduce the size of its monthly bond purchase programme by a further $10 billion at the end ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,126.12 0.20
Arrow Nasdaq 5,097.98 0.17
Arrow S&P 2,120.79 0.13
Arrow FTSE 7,040.92 1.11
Arrow DAX 11,677.57 0.79
Arrow CAC-40 5,137.83 0.86
Arrow Nikkei 20,551.46 0.39
Arrow H.Seng 27,454.31 2.23
Arrow Sensex 27,506.71 0.21

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln