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NZ dollar rallies as RBNZ says economy strong, rates on hold for some time WELLINGTON: The New Zealand dollar jumped a full U.S. cent in volatile trade on Thursday, bouncing from a five-week low after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand said the domestic economy remained strong compared to other nations which have been forced into rate cuts.The kiwi surged to a high of $0.7309, rebounding from $0.7193, its lowest since early February hit in offshore trade, after the RBNZ kept its official interest rate unchanged at 3.5 percent and said rates will stay on hold for sometime given a still-strong domestic economy.While kiwi had reversed an initial rally after the RBNZ cut its outlook for short-term bills, seen as a reflection of fewer rate rises down the line, investors rapidly piled back into the currency when the central bank maintained that the next move in rates may be up or down"The cut in the 90-day bill track was what was expected, or maybe ...

Embattled euro licks wounds in Asia, still vulnerable SYDNEY: The euro wallowed just above a fresh 12-year low early on Thursday having faced an unrelenting onslaught this week as the European Central Bank kicked off its 1 trillion euro bond-buying campaign.The program has already driven yields of many euro zone bonds deeper into negative territory and others to all-time lows. A 30-year German bond now offers a yield that is less than that of a two-year U.S. Treasury note.Unsurprisingly, investors kept well clear ...
Australia dollar perks up on fair value comment by RBA official SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar pushed higher on Thursday after a top central banker remarked that the currency was now much closer to fair value than at any time in the past few years.Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Deputy Governor, Philip Lowe, also said low interest rates were proving less effective in spurring economic activity than in the past. The market reacted to his comments by driving the Aussie up to $0.7840, from a session low ...
Australia dollar jumps after RBA holds off on rate cut SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar staged a broad rally on Tuesday as the market trimmed crowded bearish positions after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) surprised some by not cutting interest rates at its monthly policy meeting.The Aussie jumped more than 50 pips to a session high of $0.7845. Oddly, it started to climb moments before the RBA announced the decision at 0330 GMT.Interbank futures fell sharply, with the March contract suffering the biggest blow. It ...
Aussie up, kiwi down in becalmed FX markets LONDON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were the main movers among major currencies on Thursday, pushed in opposite directions by contrasting signals on the health of two struggling economies.Two days of testimony from US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen have done little to move on the debate over when US interest rates will rise, although if anything expectations have been prodded back to later in the second half of this year.The Aussie fell as ...
Australian dollar steady but remain vulnerable, New Zealand dollar pauses SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were on a steadier footing on Monday, but the antipodean currencies remained vulnerable to domestic factors including from monetary policy and a raft of economic data.The Australian dollar rose to $0.7834, from Friday's low of $0.7789, inching closer to key chart resistance around $0.7840 and $0.7875.The Aussie hovered near a one-month high against the yen at 93.25, having gained 0.7 percent on Friday.The Aussie, however, remains vulnerable to ...
Australia, NZ dollars firm after Fed disappoints hawks SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were on a firm footing on Thursday after minutes of the Federal Bank policy meeting were seen as dovish, hurting the US dollar and boosting bond prices.The Australian dollar was at $0.7810, having briefly popped to $0.7840 when the market pushed out the timing of rate hikes in the United States.Short-term Treasury yields boasted the biggest daily drop since mid-2011 after the minutes showed "many" Fed policy makers ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln