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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 currencies and recovered from a six-week low of $0.8188 hit on Monday, when the US dollar rallied on the back of strong jobs data late last week.The data warmed optimism about the US economy and raised risk demand. This inspired investors to book profits on the kiwi's losses late last week, which traders said had led to a squeeze on short positions.Antipodeans gain broadly, with the Aussie climbing to 99.00 yen and nearing the 4-1/2-year ...

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 $1.0368 overnight. Support ...
A$, NZ$ hold to ranges, eye RBA minutes           WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand and Australian dollars marked time in holiday thinned markets on Tuesday holding close to four-year highs against the yen while notching modest gains on the euro on renewed warnings about the European economy.   Near term focus on minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) February meeting where it elected to keep rates at 3 pct, saying it wanted to assess the impact of past cuts.   Analysts assume it will leave the door ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars retreat vs firmer euro, resume yen rise   WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were softer against the euro on Tuesday after a policy maker said it was not overvalued, but resumed their climb against the yen.   * The euro gains across the board after the head of the Bundesbank Jens Weidmann said talk of an overvalued euro is a diversion from governments sorting out their economies.   * That sees the euro halt three days of losses, rising 0.4 percent on the Aussie ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJune 25, 2015
Reserves $17.457 bln