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Australian, NZ dollars on track to post hefty weekly gains SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hovered near three-week highs on Friday, buoyed by broad weakness in their US counterpart and an upbeat Australian job report, putting them on track for hefty gains this week.The Australian dollar nudged lower at $0.7773, from $0.7802 early, but was still up 1.4 percent this week in a rare consecutive week of gains. It has added 2.4 percent in April which, if sustained, would be the largest monthly gain in a year.Resistance was found at a three-week peak of $0.7823 set in the last session.Underpinning the Aussie was a surprisingly strong local employment report on Thursday and another round of underwhelming US data. Lacklustre housing data suggested the economic momentum may not be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates as early as June, as some had wagered.The Aussie also held most gains versus the yen at 92.65 , ...

Australia, NZ dollars seen lower as rates diverge SYDNEY: Analysts have again lowered forecasts for the Australian dollar to reflect expectations of falling interest rates, as central banks across the globe ease monetary policy to support sputtering economies and ward off deflation. A Reuters poll of 50 analysts saw the Aussie edging down to 73 cents on a 12-month horizon, compared to 74 cents in the March poll.It hit a six-year trough of $0.7534 last week and remains vulnerable on expectations of more ...
Dollar prevails as euro, sterling hit rocky road SYDNEY: The dollar hovered at three week highs against a basket of major currencies early on Friday as the hapless euro extended its decline and disappointing trade data knocked sterling lower. The euro fell as far as $1.0637, reaching a low last seen on March 19. It last stood at $1.0665, down more than 3 percent from Monday's peak of $1.1036."It's hard to avoid the conclusion that carry trades are playing a part. Note that ...
Australia & NZ dollars on the defensive, weak commodities drag SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar lurched towards a six-year trough on Thursday, continuing to falter as sliding iron ore prices bolstered expectations for a cut in interest rates next week.The Aussie reached a session low of $0.7575, edging ever closer to the trough of $0.7561 set in March. It last stood at $0.7595, down 0.1 percent on the day.Debt markets imply a 77 percent chance of a quarter point easing on April 7, when the Reserve ...
Aussie dollar hits 10-day low on lower iron ore prices, rate cut bets LONDON: The Australian dollar fell over a percent to a ten-day low against its U.S. counterpart on Monday, hit by persistent weakness in iron ore prices and speculation of an April cut in Australian interest rates.Chinese iron ore futures fell for the fourth consecutive session on tepid demand in the world's top consumer and growing supplies by global miners put the raw material in check. Iron ore is Australia's top export earner.The Aussie dollar was ...
Australia dollar stuck in the doldrums, NZD also soft SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar slipped to fresh one-week lows on Monday, falling for a fifth session in a move that is likely to fuel its retreat from a two-month peak.Not helping the Aussie was persistent weakness in iron ore prices, which plumbed fresh lows on Friday amid worries about a supply glut. Iron ore is Australia's top export earner.The Aussie last stood at $0.7716, down from $0.7745 late in New York on Friday. It fell ...
Australia and NZ dollars stay subdued, Fed in focus SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar eased on Friday, continuing to pull back from a two-month peak set earlier in the week as investors reassessed their positions ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.The Australian dollar last traded at $0.7795, down 0.4 percent on the day.It has fallen more than 1 percent since hitting $0.7939 on Tuesday, hurt in part by a fresh decline in iron ore prices. On the week, it is still ...


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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 $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln