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Dollar surges to 6 year peak on yen, Tokyo stocks cheer SYDNEY: Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates underlined the diverging path between the United states and the rest of the rich world. The euro skidded to a 14-month trough while gold hit an eight-month low as the dollar swept higher across the board, a move that many investors have been itching to wager on all year. Indeed, the hawkish interpretation in currencies came despite the Fed maintaining language suggesting that rate hikes would not happen for a "considerable time."The reaction also overshadowed a surprisingly soft reading on US inflation, even as Fed Chair Janet Yellen emphasised that policy would be highly dependent on how the economy actually performed in coming months. "Overall, we feel that the forward guidance from the Fed is consistent with policy normalisation in 2015," said Dylan Eades, an ...

Australia & NZ dollars hit multi-month lows after Fed statement SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars skidded to multi-month lows on Thursday as the Federal Reserve's outlook for raising rates underlined the diverging path between the United States and most developed economies, pushing the greenback higher. The Australian dollar was at $0.8960, having lost 1.5 percent overnight, its largest daily drop in more than a year. The currency dropped as far as $0.8939, the lowest in six months. It has slumped more than 4 ...
Dollar on edge as Fed language eyed, Aussie surges SYDNEY: The US dollar nursed modest losses early on Wednesday, having suffered an unexpected setback as jitters mounted hours before the Federal Reserve offers its latest guidance on interest rates. Traders said sellers emerged after the Wall Street Journal's Fed watcher said the US central bank may keep the words "considerable time" in its policy statement following the Sept 16-17 meeting. Markets have been bracing for a more hawkish tone and many were looking for ...
Australian & NZ dollars lifted by swings in Fed speculation SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars regained some ground on Wednesday on speculation the US Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session. The Australian dollar was last at $0.9071, having rallied nearly 1 percent to a peak of $0.9113 on Tuesday, a recovery from a recent 4-percent slide. The Aussie touched a six-month trough of $0.8984 Monday. Much of the surge came ...
Aussie back under pressure, Swedish crown recovers LONDON: A renewed drop in the Australian dollar was the main move on major currency markets on Tuesday, with the dollar, euro and yen steady before potentially more dramatic events later in the week.The Swedish crown, driven to a two-year low after weekend elections pointed to a left-leaning government, recovered around a third of a percent while sterling fell back ahead of Thursday's referendum on Scottish independence.The Aussie, generally more resistant since hitting an almost ...
Australia & NZ dollars bounce off multi-month lows, but vulnerable WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars rebounded from multi-month lows on Tuesday after recent sharp losses left the currencies overstretched, with investors cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting. The Australian dollar bounced to $0.9042, having been as deep as $0.8984.That was the lowest since March and a major support level as it marks the 61.8 percent retracement of the rally from $0.8660 in January to $0.9505 in July. The rebound came as ...
Australia & NZ dollars hit multi-month lows on China worries WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars slipped to multi-month lows on Monday after a set of disappointing Chinese data encouraged investors to further unwind carry trades. The Australian dollar fell as far as $0.8999, its weakest since late March to be last at $0.9012. It has tumbled four cents in 10 days, mostly due to a rising US dollar as the market seemed to be repricing the risk the Fed could take a more ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln