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Aussie & NZ dollars slip as Cyprus plan shakes markets SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars fell on Monday as uncertainty about the impact of a proposed bailout for Cyprus sent investors scurrying for safety in a move that saw bond futures bounce off 10-month lows.US dollar and yen big beneficiaries of the safe-haven shift, with the Japanese currency shooting higher as speculators were caught badly short of the currency.But the shift to safety also boosted Australian bonds, taking three-year cash yields down 15 basis points to 2.96 percent, the biggest daily drop since May last year.Aussie slides to 98.25 yen, having crashed as much as two yen at one stage since Friday. The Aussie climbed a fresh 4-1/2-year peak of 99.99 last week, a whisker away from a psychologically important barrier of 100.The kiwi falls to 78.10, from around 79.00 yen on Friday. It scaled 79.88 last week, its highest since July 2008.Against the US dollar, Aussie at ...

Kiwi & Aussie dollars consolidate as RBNZ looms SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The New Zealand and Australian dollars held their ground against the greenback on Wednesday and consolidated recent gains on the yen and sterling as investors waited for an interest rate decision from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ).While the RBNZ is considered almost certain to leave its benchmark cash rate at a record low 2.5 percent on Thursday, but there is considerable uncertainty about what stance it will choose for its statement.On the ...
A$, NZ$ bounce on better risk sentiment SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar bounced back against the US dollar on Tuesday after gains in US share prices and falling volatility pointed to improving risk appetite, which helped lift the New Zealand dollar from a six-week low.The kiwi pushed up to a session high of $0.8283 in early trade, boosted as the Dow Jones industrial average clocked another record high. The Aussie climbed to $1.0278, recovering from a slide to $1.0202.The kiwi outperformed most major ...
A$, NZ$ surf wave of global optimism   WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were firmly on the front foot on Wednesday as world stock markets rallied on a Chinese government pledge to maintain growth and positive euro zone and US data, bolstering risk sentiment and commodity currencies.   Australia has GDP data at 0030 GMT with expectations of a 0.6 percent rise for the fourth quarter and annual growth easing a tad to 3 percent. On Tuesday data showed net exports adding a ...
Aussie dollar plumbs 8 month trough, spooked by China talk WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hit multi-month lows against their US counterpart on Monday as worries about China's latest property curbs slugged Asian stocks and undermined sentiment generally.A sharp drop in Chinese stocks overshadowed a mixed bag of domestic data which did nothing to alter expectations the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will likely keep interest rates steady at 3 percent at its policy meeting on Tuesday.The Aussie slipped 0.8 percent to as ...
A$ off lows on Fed QE commitment, pressured by yen           SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar clawed back from a 4-1/2-month low against the US dollar on Wednesday after the head of the US Federal Reserve countered speculation of an early end to bond buying, giving a lift to equities and risk sentiment.   The Antipodean currencies remained under pressure against the yen as the fallout from Italy's deadlocked election triggered a huge fall in euro/yen, which spilled over into other crosses.   The New Zealand dollar underperformed with a 1 ...
A$, NZ$ bounce on better sentiment, stg slide        WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were firm on Wednesday as a strong German business survey lifted sentiment in global equity markets while the British pound took another beating.   Market wary ahead of a speech by Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor Graeme Wheeler, in which he is expected to touch on the exchange rate.   The Aussie pushes up to $1.0351, from $1.0325 in late local trade on Tuesday. It ranged $1.0321 to $1.0368 overnight. Support ...

 



 
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ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyDecember
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln