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Australian & NZ dollars bruised by worries on Europe easing SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars came under pressure in thin trade on Monday, as growing speculation of drastic monetary easing in Europe gave a boost to the US dollar. The Australian dollar dropped to a 5-1/2-year trough of $0.8053, as the US dollar gained most from a sharp decline in the euro. The Aussie was at $0.8086 at 0205 GMT, with technicals pointing to further downside. Key support was seen at 80 cents, then $0.7945 which is the 61.8 percent retracement of the $0.6007-$1.1081 rise.The Aussie tumbled 8.5 percent last year and has lost nearly 1 percent in 2015.The New Zealand dollar plumbed a one-month trough of $0.7653, to be at $0.7670 at 0205 GMT. In the past, quantitative easing "was positive for the kiwi because it was positive for risk appetite but today QE in Europe and QE in Japan is positive for the US dollar and ...

Australian & NZ dollars pinned down in holiday lull SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar languished near 4-1/2-year lows on Tuesday, while the New Zealand dollar held steady in a market lacking conviction with many investors having closed their books for the year. The Australian dollar was steady at $0.8127, having drifted in a slim $0.8122/44 range, to be not far from last week's low of $0.8087.A break there could open the way to the May 2010 trough of $0.8066. The Aussie has shed nearly 9 ...
Aussie dollar vulnerable, could break below 81 US cents; NZD steady SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar flirted with a 4-1/2 year trough against a broadly firmer greenback on Tuesday while its New Zealand peer was steady in thin year-end trade. Financial markets in Australia and New Zealand will close early on Wednesday and stay shut for the rest of the week for the Christmas holidays. The Aussie last traded at $0.8123, having drifted in a slim $0.8117/32 range, not far from last week's low of $0.8107. A ...
High-flying dollar pauses in holiday lull, US data eyed SYDNEY: The dollar touched a fresh two-week high against the yen on Tuesday, but struggled to make further headway in a market subdued by a holiday in Japan. A record-closing high on Wall Street had helped lift the greenback against the yen in New York, and modest follow-through buying in Asia saw the dollar come close to 120.20. However, momentum quickly faded in thin year-end conditions, leaving the greenback stuck in a very slim 120.01/120.19 ...
Euro off to shaky start in subdued market, dollar holds strong SYDNEY: The euro probed fresh two-year lows early on Monday in a subdued start to a holiday-shortened week, extending a multi-month trend of weakness against the dollar that many traders say will remain intact in the new year. Speculation is high that the European Central Bank (ECB) will be forced to expand its asset-buying program to include sovereign debt in 2015, at a time when the Federal Reserve is preparing to do the opposite and ...
Australia & NZ dollars find some calm after turbulent times SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars struggled for momentum on Monday, having steadied from recent volatility as investors found little incentive to trade in the final two weeks of the year. Many traders have already closed their books for 2014, and thin markets make for choppy conditions that are likely to keep all but the hardiest players on the sidelines. The Aussie was flat at $0.8143, not far from a 4-1/2-year trough of $0.8107 ...
Australian & NZ dollars feel the Fed pinch SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars nursed deep losses on Thursday after the Federal Reserve showed enough confidence in the US economy to stay on track to raise interest rates next year, giving the US dollar a fillip. The kiwi slipped to a one-week low of $0.7690 in volatile trade, brushing off domestic data showing stronger-than-expected quarterly economic growth. "The data doesn't change our forecast for the first Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln