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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 easing by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The central bank cut rates in February to a record low of 2.25 percent and markets are fully priced for a follow-up move by June.In contrast, US markets are wagering the Federal Reserve will start tightening sometime this year, an event that would likely set a fire under the US dollar.The median forecast was for the Aussie to be at $0.7600 in one month, $0.7500 in three ...

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 ...
Dollar starts week on the defensive as post-Fed caution lingers SYDNEY: The dollar started trade in Asia on the defensive, after a volatile few days in the wake of the Federal Reserve's dovish steer, which cast doubts on bullish positions in the greenback. The dollar index eased 0.2 percent to 97.696 early on Monday, staying well clear of a 12-year peak of 100.390 set on March 13. The index was nearing the post-Fed meeting trough of 96.628 hit last week when investors moved to price ...


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
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