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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 much as half a percent against the dollar, the euro and yen before recovering some poise early in Europe, after unexpectedly weak business investment numbers in an economy struggling for growth.The kiwi dollar by contrast gained 0.4 percent against both the dollar and yen after data showed a surprise surplus on trade."In Australia people knew the mining numbers would be weak but were expecting construction investment to make up for that. When it didn't we ...

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 ...
Australia underscores urgency of Asian rate cuts SINGAPORE: The Reserve Bank's quarter-point cut, which traders dismissed as a remote possibility just days ago, shows how vital monetary easing has become across the region. From Sydney to Singapore to Seoul, policymakers risk falling behind the curve and hurting investment and growth.The Reserve Bank of Australia cut its 2.5 percent official cash rate by a quarter percentage point on Feb. 3. "The economy is likely to be operating with a degree of spare capacity ...
Australian dollar skids to 6-year low after RBA cuts rates TOKYO/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar skidded more than one US cent to a six-year low on Tuesday and plunged more than two percent against the yen after the Reserve Bank of Australia slashed interest rates to a record low.The Aussie's drop against the yen gave the US currency a cross-trading lift against the dollar, which shed about 0.5 percent to 117.03 yen.Australia's central bank cut its cash rate a quarter point to 2.25 percent at its ...
Australia dollar pressured on heightened rate-cut chatter SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hovered near multi-year lows on Monday on heightened speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut rates to record lows this week to spur economic growth. The Australian dollar was hemmed in at $0.7784, not far from a six-year trough of $0.7720 set last week. Major support was found at $0.7720-30, an area which was tested three times in as many sessions.The Aussie remained vulnerable as speculators increased ...
Euro floored as SNB decision puts spotlight on ECB, franc surges SYDNEY: The euro hovered above an 11-year trough early on Friday as investors wagered the Swiss move to abandon its currency cap meant it was almost certain the European Central Bank would launch large-scale bond buying next week.The euro suffered its biggest one-day drop against the Swiss franc in history after the Swiss National Bank (SNB) stunned markets by suddenly abandoning its long-held pledge to keep the franc above 1.20 per euro. After falling 30 ...


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
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